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


About the courses

Bronze bike skills - for beginners and building bike skills confidence

Overview

2 hours in an open court space.

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. 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.

E-bike experience - introducing electric bikes and a guided ride

Overview

3 hours beginning in an open court space before moving to shared paths.

If you've been hearing a lot about electric bikes and would like to see what all the fuss is about, then this session is for you. This session is for those who are already confident on a regular bike and provides an introduction to e-bikes, gives a chance to practise some bike handling skills, and then heads out on some local cycle infrastructure for a guided ride.

Outcome

  • Summary of Bronze bike skills including helmet fitting and a skills check on a regular bike.
  • Introducing an electric bike:
    • Understanding the controls, motor and battery.
    • How to operate the bike including the levels of assist and gears.
    • Differences in bike styles.
    • E-Bike storage and security.
  • E-Bike handling skills:
    • Starting and stopping, including getting on and off the bike.
    • Manoeuvring the bike.
    • Practising with the different levels of assist and gears.
    • Emergency braking.
  • Guided ride on local cycling infrastructure.

Silver bike skills - on shared paths and quiet roads

Overview

3 hours beginning in an open court space 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 on shared paths and quieter roads.

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.

E-bike Silver bike skills - on shared paths and quiet roads

Overview

3 hours beginning in an open court space before moving to shared paths and quiet local roads.

This course follows the same format as our Silver bike skills course but is specifically for those who already own an e-bike and who would like to learn how to get the most out of their new bike. It will cover good riding practices and techniques for riding on shared paths and quiet roads so you can ride your e-bike safer, and longer.

Outcome

  • Shared path etiquette.
  • 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,
    • 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.
  • Course content is tailored to cover the nuances of riding an e-bike on paths and the road.

Gold bike skills - on busy roads and complex intersections

Overview

3 hours beginning on quiet local roads before progressing to busier roads and intersections.

For those who already ride 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.

Bike maintenance skills

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.

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.

E-bike maintenance skills

Overview

2 hour workshop.

If you've got an electric bike but are feeling mystified about carrying out basic bike maintenance on it then this is the course for you. Like our regular bike maintenance skills course, this workshop will show you how to do a basic inspection to ensure your bike is in safe working order, it will include how to clean your bike and make minor adjustments, and how to fix the dreaded flat tyre but with lots of tips and tricks thrown in specifically catering for e-bikes.

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.

Outcome

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

Attending Adult Bike Skills courses

If you would like some free bike skills training then check out the course dates below and register for a course suitable for your current skill level.

You need to know

  • Registration is required for all courses to attend due to limited capacity.
  • Registrations close at least 48 hours before each session.
  • Due to health & safety and instructor ratios, the venue address will be supplied upon registration alongside any other further details.
  • Adult Bike Skills courses will only operate when Auckland is in Alert Level 1 or 2.

Course dates

  • E-bike experience - Sunday 2 May, 9am to 12pm, Mt Roskill - Course full - register to be placed on a waiting list.
  • Silver bike skills - Saturday 17 April, 9:30am to 12:30pm, Henderson - Course full - register to be placed on a waiting list.
  • E-bike Silver bike skills - Sunday 2 May, 1:30pm to 4:30pm, Mt Roskill - Course full - register to be placed on a waiting list.
  • Gold bike skills - Sunday 18 April, 10am to 1pm, Te Atatu Peninsula - Course full - register to be placed on a waiting list.
  • Gold bike skills - Sunday 18 April, 2pm to 5pm, Te Atatu Peninsula
  • Bike maintenance skills – Saturday 17 April, 8:30am to 10:30am, Mt Roskill - Course full - register to be placed on a waiting list.
  • Bike maintenance skills – Wednesday 5 May, 6pm to 8pm, Henderson.
  • Bike maintenance skills – Sunday 9 May, 2pm to 4pm, Papakura.
  • Bike maintenance skills – Saturday 22 May, 8:30am to 10:30am, Mt Roskill.
  • Bike maintenance skills – Saturday 26 June, 8:30am to 10:30am, Mt Roskill.
  • E-bike maintenance skills - Saturday 17 April, 10am to 12pm, Freemans Bay - Course full - register to be placed on a waiting list.
  • E-bike maintenance skills - Sunday 9 May, 2pm to 4pm, St Heliers - Course full - register to be placed on a waiting list.

Register for an Adult Bike Skills course

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Group bookings

If you have a group with the minimum participant numbers and would like some free bike skills training then we can work with you to schedule in an additional course at a time and date to suit.

Cyclists at the adult bike skills course, cycling around cones.

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.

Course structure

We can schedule Bronze, Silver, Gold and Bike maintenance courses for your group, but we also have the option of tailoring sessions to suit the needs of your group.

The course can be tailored for either beginner or more advanced material depending on the prior knowledge of the participants.

Submit your interest for a group booking


On the day

  • Please try to arrive 15 minutes before the course start time.
  • Look for the AT flags and instructors with bikes.
  • Some courses are weather dependent.

What to bring

  • Bikes and helmets will be available for those who have requested one. If possible bring your own bike and helmet with you so they can be safety checked.
  • 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.

Bike skills for kids

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




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