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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today launched the first online cycle training course for Londoners to give more people the confidence to start cycling – whether they’re taking it up for the first time, or returning to it.
The Cycle Skills course, which is available on the TfL website, supports the Mayor’s world-leading Streetspace for London programme which is rapidly rolling out more space for people to walk and cycle. The Mayor and TfL are committed to a green, sustainable recovery from coronavirus, and their bold measures will reduce the risk of a damaging car-based recovery.
Cycle Skills is the first online course to cover everything from getting your bike set up for your first ride to tips for cycling safety with children in one place, and is tailored to cycling in London. The series consists of:
- Get ready to ride: guidance for pre-ride checks to your bike’s tyre air pressure, brakes and chain, along with tips for basic control and handling
- First time on the road: practical advice for how to start cycling on the roads safely and responsibly while avoiding potential hazards
- On the road again: confidence-boosting tips for people looking to return to cycling after a long break, covering how to share the road safely and communicate with other road users
- Cycling with children: guidance for cycling safely with children and in a group
Everyone who completes the four training modules will be sent a free Santander Cycles 24-hour access code, enabling them to start putting the skills they’ve learnt into practice.
TfL has also secured £2m from the DfT for cycle training in London, which will be delivered via the London boroughs. Each borough will be allocated £60,000 to deliver socially distanced Bikeability and Cycle Skills training from August onwards.
The Mayor announced the City Hall investment during a visit to Pimlico to try out the upgraded newly segregated cycle route between Chelsea Bridge and Lambeth Bridge. Streetspace funding has enabled pole cones to be added along the 2.4km route to protect people cycling from other traffic.
This upgraded route will play a vital role in allowing thousands more journeys to be made by bike. It is a key corridor for people cycling into central London and TfL modelling shows it has one of the highest potential demand for cycling of any road in the capital. During lockdown, a section of it was the third most popular UK route logged on Strava, with almost 50,000 journeys logged along Milbank Embankment.
17km of new cycle lanes have been created through the Streetspace for London programme so far, with a further 20km under construction. Segregated cycle lanes trebled in the first four years of Sadiq’s mayoralty from 53km to 162km. More than 15,000m2 of extra pavement space has been delivered through the Streetspace programme so far to enable social distancing and encourage people to make journeys on foot.