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Adult Bike Skills Adult Bike Skills

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.

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.

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.

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

  • Bronze bike skills – Saturday 5 December, 9am to 11am, Pakuranga - Course full, waiting list spaces only.
  • Bronze bike skills – Sunday 6 December, 2pm to 4pm, Mangere.
  • Bike maintenance skills – Thursday 3 December, 6pm to 8pm, Manukau.
  • Bike maintenance skills – Monday 7 December, 6pm to 8pm, Northcote.
  • Bike maintenance skills – Saturday 5 December, 2:30pm to 4:30pm, Glen Innes - Course full, waiting list spaces only.
  • Bike maintenance skills – Saturday 12 December, 2pm to 4pm, Pakuranga.
  • Bike maintenance skills – Sunday 13 December, 12pm to 2pm, New Lynn - Course full, waiting list spaces only.

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.