Auckland Transport has taken a number of steps to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our people, contractors, our customers and local communities amidst the COVID-19 situation. To limit exposure to COVID-19 as much as possible, we have taken the precautionary step of cancelling all cycling courses and events until further notice. We apologise for the short notice and any inconvenience this may cause – we believe this is an important and necessary measure. We continue to take advice from the Government and the Ministry of Health regarding COVID-19 safety precautions and will continue to review the situation on an ongoing basis. Read more information about COVID-19 on our website, which we will continue to update with the latest information, and also check the Ministry of Health’s website.
Auckland Transport offers a range of free bike skills training courses.
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.
- 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.
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.
Bronze bike skills - off-road environment
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.
- 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
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.
- 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:
- 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 busier roads
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.
- 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
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.
- 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:
- bike fit,
- and questions on request.
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.
Please note: registrations for any weekday evening courses close at 12pm on the day of the event. Registrations for a weekend course close at 12pm on the Friday prior to the event.
- Bronze bike skills - Wednesday 25 March, 6pm to 8pm, Henderson. * Postponed until further notice.
- Bronze bike skills - Sunday 29 March, 10am to 12pm, Manurewa. * Postponed until further notice.
- Silver bike skills - Saturday 21 March, 3:30pm to 6:30pm, Henderson. * Postponed until further notice.
- Silver bike skills - Saturday 28 March, 9am to 12pm, Pakuranga. * Postponed until further notice.
- Silver bike skills - Sunday 5 April, 9am to 12pm, Mount Roskill.
- Gold bike skills - Saturday 11 April, 9am to 12pm, St Helliers. - COURSE FULL, no longer taking registrations.
- Gold bike skills - Saturday 18 April, 9am to 12pm, Mount Roskill.
- Bike maintenance skills - Thursday 2 April, 6pm to 8pm, Wiri.
- Bike maintenance skills - Wednesday 8 April, 6pm to 8pm, Howick.
- Bike maintenance skills - Wednesday 15 April, 6pm to 8pm, Sandringham.
- Bike maintenance skills - Thursday 23 April, 6pm to 8pm, Takapuna.
* Due to the current environment, the delivery of all sessions will be reviewed two weeks in advance.
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.