Cycling

Information to help us all get pedalling. Find routes, hire centres, safety tips and virtual cycling challenges - everything you need all in one place!

Active Together are excited to provide Set, Pedal – Go!, a learn to ride programme supporting primary school aged children in Leicestershire to learn to cycle. Working in partnership with local schools, courses are delivered at school and community facilities which teach the basics of cycling to help more and more children to learn this important life skill.

Bikes and helmets are provided for the sessions, so there is no need for children to have access to their own, making it as easy as possible to take part.

Each course provides five weeks of professional instruction to give children the best possible learn-to-ride experience. We currently have spaces available at the following sessions:

  • English Martyrs Catholic Academy (two session times available)

Venue: Willow Crescent, Oakham, LE15 6EH
Day/Time: Saturdays

    • 10:00am - 11:00am
    • 11:00am - 12:00pm

Dates: 24th September, 1st October, 8th October, 15th October

  • SMB College, Melton Campus (two session times available)

Venue: Melton Campus, Asfordby Road, Melton Mowbray, LE13 0HJ
Day/Time: Saturdays

    • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Dates: 24th September, 1st October, 8th October, 15th October

To register your child for a place on a Set, Pedal - Go! programme, please complete our online registration at the link below.

Please note: This programme is provided to support children who are unable to ride a bike. If a child is already able to ride a bike without the support of stabilisers they will not be eligible to attend these sessions.

If your child is unable to attend any of the sessions listed above, but you would like to express interest in your child being able to attend a session near you in the future, please complete the expression of interest form at the link below. This will allow us to notify you if we are able to deliver more sessions in your local area in the future.

For more information on Set, Pedal – Go!, contact Anita Bird at a.bird@active-together.org or Geoff Maltby, g.maltby@active-together.org

Cycling has many physical, psychological and environmental benefits that are perhaps even more important than ever given the current situation we find ourselves living in.

Here's a range of hints & tips, links to websites and information on how you can build cycling in your day whether you are on your own, in a small group or with your family members.

Safety Tips for Cycling

  1. Always wear a helmet
  2. Be bright and visible
  3. Observe traffic laws
  4. Keep your bike in good condition
  5. Use cycle routes where possible

Why is cycling good for me?:

  1. Improves your mental wellbeing
  2. Builds muscle strength and tone in the legs
  3. Improves lung health, cardiovascular fitness & stamina as well as your immune system
  4. Low impact and gentler on joints compared to other physical activities
  5. Can save on travelling time
  6. Can help improve sleep
  7. Can aid weight loss
  8. Can reduce stress levels
  9. Chance to make friends
  10. Great for the environment

Where to cycle in Leicester & Leicestershire...

Virtual Cycling Challenges

You're performing the exercises linked from our website at your own risk

Whilst every effort has been made to verify the information on the Active Together and associated pages, Active Together is not responsible for the accuracy or content of external websites. Whilst taking part in physical activity, participants should ensure they take part at a level which is appropriate to them and their health and are responsible for ensuring they check the credentials and health and safety requirements for each activity. It is recommended that participants follow the Chief Medical Officers Guidelines for physical activity. Participants will choose to utilise these links and take part in activities at their own risk.

If you're unsure about your ability, it might be wise to start gradually and build up. Please feel free to refer to the UK Chief Medical Officer's Physical Activity Guidelines when determining the level of activity appropriate to you.

Make sure you warm up and cool down to prevent injury, and make sure you keep hydrated.

Stop the exercises immediately if you feel faint or unwell, and if you still feel dizzy or unwell have a rest. Next time try something less strenuous, building up your activity gradually.

Finally, please continue to follow the government's guidance on how to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.