Learning to ride a bicycle is easiest when you are a child but plenty of people learn to cycle later in life.
The first thing to learn is how to balance, and after a few tries many small children develop the knack for staying upright on their scooters or balance bikes. Once they have developed a sense of balance there’s no stopping them.
As people get older they develop a greater fear of falling and learning to ride becomes more difficult – but not impossible.
Here are a few pointers:
Advice for beginners
Cycling UK has several stories and videos dedicated to the subject of starting out, including essential advice and mistakes to avoid.
Isla Rowntree, founder of Islabikes, knows all about how to get little ones riding and shares her tips on how to get a small child cycling in this video:
Watch Cycling UK’s guide on how to teach adults:
Learning at school
Almost all schools in Reading, Wokingham and South Oxfordshire offer Bikeability, the government sponsored cycle training scheme aimed at giving children the skills and confidence to ride in traffic.
This is normally available to children in Years 5 and 6 who can already ride.
However, learn-to-ride sessions are available at some schools for complete beginners.
The local provider is Avanti Cycling.