The University is working with Avanti Cycling in a bid to encourage staff and students to ensure you have the right knowledge, skills and equipment to keep yourselves and others safe while cycling on campus and on the roads.

We’re offering free cycle training at a variety of different levels – from complete beginners who need to learn to ride a bike safely, through road tips for experienced cyclists, to experienced foreign cyclists who may just need a top-up on UK road laws. We’re also offering free cycle lights to everyone who takes part!

Most people’s thought when they hear ‘cycle training’ is ‘that’s for kids’ or ‘for people who can’t ride a bike’, or ‘boring’. Please let us prove those thoughts wrong! We promise you if you’ve never taken cycle training as an adult you will definitely learn something, and have fun at the same time. What have you got to lose? We’ll even throw in a set of cycle lights for even more encouragement. Sessions are generally held on Wednesday afternoons, but other times may be possible if you get in touch with us.

Avanti’s lead and main cycle trainer for this project is Karen Robertson, and she will be working closely with the University’s Sustainable Travel Coordinator, Karen Stanbridge, to encourage as many of you as possible to take advantage of this great opportunity.

Karen (Robertson) will also be leading some relaxed lunchtime guided rides, so you can take a break from the computer and explore the local area a little. You don’t need a bike to participate as our campus is well served by Readybikes – we might even cover the hire fee if you book your place in advance.

For more details of the different training sessions on offer, please see below, or email k.robertson@reading.ac.uk to book a place.

For general information on cycling at the University please see our cycling page: https://sites.reading.ac.uk/sustainability/travel/cycling/

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