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Adult Bike Skills Adult Bike Skills

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


About the courses

  • All courses are free to attend.
  • Bikes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. If possible bring your own bike along so it can be safety checked.
  • Courses are weather dependent.
  • Registration is required for all courses.
  • Follow the event pages on Auckland Transport's Facebook for any course updates.

If you are looking for bike skills training for kids, then check out our Kids learn to ride sessions.

Courses

Bronze Bike Skills - off-road environment

Overview

2 hours in an off-road environment.

If you 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. It's for those getting on a bike for the first time, as well as anyone wanting to practice bike control, including using the gears and brakes, and will get you riding independently with confidence.

Outcome

  • Learn how to check and fit a helmet,
  • basic bike introduction and check,
  • balancing on a bike and pedaling independently,
  • starting without help, braking, gears, bike control,
  • and for those looking to progress on to the next level, bike handling skills, look backs and signalling.

Course dates

  • Saturday 14 December 2019, 10am to 12pm, Flat Bush.

Register for a Bronze Bike Skills course

Silver Bike Skills - on shared paths and quiet roads

Overview

3 hours beginning in an off-road environment before moving to shared paths and quiet local roads.

Take your riding to the next level by embarking on shared paths and quiet roads. This course goes through how to choose safe routes, on-road bike handling skills and how to communicate with other path/road users.

The course will start with practising some basic bike skills and a summary of the Bronze Bike Skills course, before heading out to explore the local area by bike. By the end of the session you can expect to have learned skills which you can utilise to ride anywhere in urban Auckland.

Outcome

  • An understanding of road signs and road rules and their relation to bike riders,
  • Learn about riding on a shared path and quiet roads including:
    • positioning,
    • passing side roads and parked cars,
    • turning left into and out of intersections,
    • turning right into and out of intersections,
    • travelling straight through an intersection and route planning.

Course dates

  • Friday, 13 December 2019, 9:30am to 12:30pm, Auckland City Centre - in partnership with Electric Bike Team.

Register for a Silver Bike Skills course

Gold Bike Skills - on busier roads

Overview

3 hours beginning in an off-road environment before progressing to busier roads.

For those who have started biking on the road who would like some tips and pointers to enable you to ride more confidently and safely in heavier traffic.

This course will include a summary of Bronze and Silver Bike Skills courses, and begin on quiet streets to cover basic road position and turning left, right and straight through minor intersections. It will then progress to busier roads and cover riding in on-road cycle lanes, negotiating roundabouts, traffic lights and more complex intersections.

Outcome

  • Learn about riding in multi lane roundabouts,
  • traffic lights,
  • on road cycle lanes,
  • turning right in heavy traffic/hook turns,
  • complex intersections.

Course dates

  • There are currently no Gold Bike Skills courses listed. Check back for available dates.

Bike Maintenance

Overview

2 hour workshop.

This fun, interactive workshop takes the mystery out of the bicycle. It will show you how to do a basic inspection to ensure your bike is in safe working order, how to clean your bike and make minor adjustments, and how to fix the dreaded flat tyre.

The course can be tailored for either beginner or more advanced material depending on the prior knowledge of the participants. Participants are encouraged to bring along their own bikes so they can become familiar with the mechanics of their own bike.

Outcome

  • Learn how to do a maintenance check and naming parts of a bike,
  • removing and fitting a wheel,
  • fixing a puncture,
  • bike cleaning and lubrication.
  • Advanced course can include:
    • brakes,
    • gears,
    • bike fit,
    • and questions on request.

Course dates

  • There are currently no Bike Maintenance courses listed. Check back for available dates.

On the day

Please try to arrive 15 minutes before the course start time so you can settle in and get ready.

Look for the AT flags and instructors with bikes.

What to bring

  • Your bike and helmet (bikes and helmets are provided for those who have requested one).
  • Comfortable clothing.
  • Appropriate shoes with a closed in toe such as sneakers (no jandals).
  • Sunscreen or rain jacket depending on the weather.
  • Water bottle and snacks.

Group bookings

If you are part of a group who would like some free bike skills training then we can work with you to schedule in additional courses to the ones listed. Courses can be scheduled at a time and location to suit the group, however, they will still be advertised to the wider public.

Requirements

In order for a course to be scheduled for a group, the following numbers must attend:

  • A minimum of 10 people for the Bronze and Bike Maintenance courses.
  • A minimum of 6 people for the Silver and Gold courses.

Bookings are subject to contractor availability.

Course structure

Courses can follow the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Bike Maintenance outlines but we also have the option of tailoring sessions to suit the needs of your group.

If your group has got specific skills they would like to practise, a mixture of abilities within the group, or a variety of questions to answer, then get in contact to see how we might be able to tailor or combine courses to suit your needs.

Contact us

Register your interest for a group booking.