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Adult Bike Skills Adult Bike Skills

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


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 a 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. If you haven't got the minimum numbers then contact us to discuss options available.

Bookings are subject to contractor availability.

Course structure

Courses follow the Bronze, Silver, Gold and bike maintenance outlines below, but we also have the option of tailoring sessions to suit the needs of your group.

About the 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.

Register your interest for a group booking.

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.

Register your interest for a group booking.

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.

Register your interest for a group booking.

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.

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.

Register your interest for a group booking.

Individual bookings

If you are an individual who would like some free bike skills training and you don't have a group available to work with, then check out the group bookings below which are open for the public.

  • Registration is required for all courses to attend due to limited capacity.
  • If you are unable to secure a place for a course, AT will be adding further courses to meet demand if required.
  • Confirmation and further details will be sent to you prior to the course date.

Please note: registrations close at least 48 hours before each session. If registrations have closed for a session you were wanting to attend, please email cyclingevents@at.govt.nz to explore your options.

Course dates

  • There are currently no courses listed. Check back for when courses will be available.

Register your interest for an individual booking.


On the day

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