Adult Bike Skills Adult Bike Skills

Auckland Transport offers a range of free bike skills training courses.

If you are aged 18 and above, you can sign up for a free bike skills training course suitable to your current skill level. We offer courses for all skill levels from beginners who have never been on a bike before through to people who already ride on the road.

Read more about our courses on this page to find which course would suit you. If you are looking for bike skills training for kids, then check out our Kids learn to ride sessions.

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Adult bike skills courses

Bronze bike skills (Beginner level)

Overview

If you are new to riding, haven’t been on a bike for a while, or looking to develop your bike handling skills, then this relaxed practical session is for you. This 2 hour course is in an open court space and gets people riding, practicing bike control, including using the brakes and gears, and will get you riding independently with confidence.

What you will learn 

  • How to check and fit a helmet
  • Basic bike introduction and check
  • Balancing on a bike and pedalling independently
  • Starting without help, braking, gears, bike control
  • Bike handling skills, look backs and signalling.
What to bring
  • Please bring your own bike and helmet along so it can be safety checked and you can become familiar with your own equipment. If transporting your bike is an issue, let us know after booking and we can arrange one for you.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and appropriate shoes with a closed toe such as sneakers (no jandals). Wear sunscreen or rain jacket depending on the weather.
  • Bring a drink bottle, snacks and any medical gear you need. 

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Silver bike skills (Intermediate level)

Overview

The silver bike skills course teaches you how to choose safe routes, on-road bike handling skills and how to communicate with other path and road users. The course will start with practicing some basic bike skills and a summary of the Bronze bike skills course, before heading out to explore the local area by bike. The course includes riding 3 hours in an open court space before moving to shared paths and quiet local roads.

What you will learn

  • Road signs and rules, and their relation to bike riders 
  • How to ride on a shared path and quiet roads including:
    • positioning
    • passing side roads and parked cars
    • turning left/right into and out of intersections
    • travelling straight through an intersection
    • route planning.

What to bring

  • It’s good to bring your own bike and helmet along so they can be safety checked and you can become familiar with your own equipment. If transporting your bike is an issue, let us know after booking and we can arrange one for you.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and appropriate shoes with a closed toe such as sneakers (no jandals). Wear sunscreen or rain jacket depending on the weather.
  • Bring a drink bottle, snacks and any medical gear you need. 

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Gold bike skills (Advanced level) 

Overview 

The gold bike skills course is 3 hours long and includes riding on quiet local roads before progressing to busier roads and intersections. It is designed for those who already ride on the road but would like tips to ride more confidently and safely in heavier traffic.

What you will learn 

  • Riding in multi lane roundabouts and traffic lights
  • Riding on road cycle lanes
  • Turning right in heavy traffic/hook turns
  • Riding through complex intersections.

What to bring

  • It’s good to bring your own bike and helmet along so they can be safety checked and you can become familiar with your own equipment. If transporting your bike is an issue, let us know after booking and we can arrange one for you.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and appropriate shoes with a closed toe such as sneakers (no jandals). Wear sunscreen or rain jacket depending on the weather.
  • Bring a drink bottle, snacks and any medical gear you need. 

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Bike maintenance skills (Any level)

Overview

The bike maintenance skills course is a 2 hour long fun, interactive workshop that takes the mystery out of the bicycle. Participants are encouraged to bring along their own bikes so they can become familiar with the mechanics of their own bike.

What you will learn 

  • How to do a maintenance check
  • Naming parts of a bike
  • Making minor adjustments to your bike
  • Removing and fitting a wheel
  • Fixing a puncture
  • Fixing a dreaded flat tyre
  • Bike cleaning and lubrication

What to bring

  • Please bring your own bike and helmet along so it can be safety checked and you can become familiar with your own equipment. If transporting your bike is an issue, let us know after booking and we can arrange one for you.

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E-bike courses

E-bike experience (Intermediate level)

Overview

The e-bike experience is for those who are already confident on a regular bike and would now like to practice e-bike handling skills. The course is an introduction to electric bikes and includes 3 hours of riding in an open court space and across shared paths.

What you will learn 

  • Helmet fitting and a skills-check on a regular bike
  • Introduction to an electric bike:
    • Understanding the controls, motor and battery
    • How to operate the bike including gears o Differences in bike styles
    • E-Bike storage and security
  • E-Bike handling skills:
    • Getting on and off the bike
    • Starting and stopping
    • Maneuvering the bike
    • Practicing with different levels of assists and gears
    • Emergency braking
  • Guided ride on local cycling infrastructure

What to bring

  • Please bring your own bike and helmet along so it can be safety checked and you can become familiar with your own equipment. If transporting your bike is an issue, let us know after booking and we can arrange one for you.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and appropriate shoes with a closed toe such as sneakers (no jandals). Wear sunscreen or rain jacket depending on the weather.
  • Bring a drink bottle, snacks and any medical gear you need. 

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Silver e-bike skills (Intermediate level)​

Overview

The silver e-bike skills course follows the same format as the silver bike skills course but is designed for those who already own an e-bike. It will help you get the most out of your new bike so you can ride your e-bike safer and longer.

The course content is tailored to cover the nuances of riding an e-bike on paths and the road. It includes 3 hours of riding in an open court space before moving to shared paths and quiet local roads. 

What you will learn 

  • Shared path etiquette
  • An understanding of road signs and road rules and their relation to bike riders
  • How to tide on a shared path and quiet roads including:
    • positioning
    • passing side roads and parked cars
    • turning left/right into and out of intersections
    • travelling straight through an intersection
    • route planning
  • E-bike specific content such as
    • understanding what levels of assist/gears to use in different situations
    • using the bikes speed/power on the road
    • road positioning and taking the lane.

What to bring

  • Please bring your own bike and helmet along so it can be safety checked and you can become familiar with your own equipment. If transporting your bike is an issue, let us know after booking and we can arrange one for you.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and appropriate shoes with a closed toe such as sneakers (no jandals). Wear sunscreen or rain jacket depending on the weather.
  • Bring a drink bottle, snacks and any medical gear you need. 

Register for course

E-bike maintenance skills (Any level)

Overview

This course is for those with their own electric bikes. Participants are encouraged to bring along their bikes so they can become familiar with the mechanics of their own bikes.

The e-bike maintenance skills course is a 2 hour long workshop. Like our regular bike maintenance skills course, this workshop will show you how to do a basic inspection to ensure your e-bike is in safe working order.

What you will learn 

  • How to do a maintenance check
  • Understand different parts of the e-bike
  • Removing and fitting a wheel
  • Fixing a puncture, including using a tyre plug
  • Bike cleaning and lubrication
  • E-bike storage and security

What to bring

Please bring your own bike and helmet along so it can be safety checked and you can become familiar with your own equipment. If transporting your bike is an issue, let us know after booking and we can arrange one for you.

Register for course

Group bookings

If you would like some free bike skills training as a group, we can work with you to schedule an additional course at a time and date to suit. We can also tailor the courses for either beginner or more advanced material depending on prior knowledge of the group’s participants.

Note: We require at least 3 weeks notice to confirm contractor availability.

Requirements

  • For Bronze and bike maintenance courses, a minimum of 10 participants and a maximum of 30.
  • For Silver courses, a minimum of 6 participants and a maximum of 24.
  • For Gold courses, a minimum of 6 participants and a maximum of 12.

If courses are not fully booked out with your group then they may be opened for public registrations. Bookings are subject to contractor availability.

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For more information, get in touch by emailing us on cyclingevents@at.govt.nz.

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