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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.

Reading Cycle Routes Network Map

Safety

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 in years 5, 6 and 7 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.

The training covers three levels of training:

  • 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

To get your school involved, talk to your head teacher or contact Transport Planning at transport@reading.gov.uk.

Useful information

Bike hire scheme

Brompton Bike Hire