Cycling

Bikes are the most energy-efficient form of transport and can be faster and more predictable than car or bus for short journeys. For example, at a relatively comfortable 10mph, you can cycle from Green Park to The Oracle in 15 minutes – burning around 100 calories in the process.

Cycling regularly can keep you fit, save you money (no tax, no fuel, no fares) and it’s one of the most environmentally-friendly ways to travel.

Cycle routes

You can plan a cycle ride using the National Cycle Network on the Sustrans website.

You can plan your cycle ride and/or walk in Reading using:

Bikeability – cycle training programme

Reading Borough Council offers Bikeability to all schools across Reading. These courses are based on the National Cycle Training Standard and aim to give children the skills and confidence to ride their bikes safely on today’s roads.

Our Bikeability scheme is delivered in partnership with Avanti Cycling and run by fully trained and security vetted personnel.

We offer three levels of core Bikeability training courses:

  • Level 1 – children learn how to control their bicycles and show are ready to start on-road training.
  • Level 2 – children learn to cycle safely with real traffic on quiet roads.
  • Level 3 – teaches safe cycling skills on busy roads and through complex junctions

We also offer the following Bikeability Plus courses:

  • Balance – 4 to 7 year old children learn to develop those crucial early cycle handling and awareness skills using games on balance bikes, trikes and adapted cycles
  • Learn to Ride – For riders who can balance, this module is designed for anyone who has yet to master pedalling. Suitable for any age.
  • Family – A course to help people living in the same household to cycle together. By the end of the module, at least one adult householder should have demonstrated National Standard assessment criteria at least to Bikeability Level 2.

To book onto a school course talk to your head teacher or contact our Bikeability provider, Avanti Cycling, who will be able to advise you on proposed course dates in schools. The details of the courses and contact details are available on their website.

For any queries related to bookings, holiday courses, and future course dates contact, Greg Woodford, at Avanti Cycling – greg@avanticycling.co.uk. For any other queries, contact the Transport team – transport@reading.gov.uk.

Useful information

Bike hire scheme

Brompton Bike Hire