Take up of free adult cycling training

MQT on 2015-10-21
Session date: 
October 21, 2015
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In conjunction with London boroughs, TfL offers free adult cycling training. Please confirm how many people have taken up this training each year since 2010? What steps are TfL taking to promote adult cycling training?


Answer for Take up of free adult cycling training

Answer for Take up of free adult cycling training

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The number of adults who have received cycle training since April 2008 via the 33 London boroughs is as follows:

Date                            Adults trained

2008/09              5,876

2009/10              4,291

2010/11              8,350

2011/12              8,627

2012/13              8,723

2013/14              7,806

2014/15              7,910

TfL also funds and delivers Safe Urban Driving (SUD) to commercial fleet drivers. The training course includes a 3.5 hour syllabus of on bike cycle training in accordance with the national standards cycle training syllabus. TfL has trained 18,900 fleet drivers since its inception in 2011 with plans to provide cycle training to an additional 4,000 fleet drivers before the end of the financial year.  The SUD training course is available to all Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) operators.

TfL offer free adult cycle training through their Cycling Workplaces scheme. These sessions are normally delivered at the workplace. To find out more please visit www.tfl.gov.uk/cyclingworkplaces.

TfL promotes adult cycle training (as outlined in the 2014 Cycle Safety Action Plan), in the following ways:

-               Actively engage with boroughs and cycle training providers to develop a set of best practice guidance for promoting cycle training

-              Promote cycle training to local communities, partnering up with other schemes such as the Cycling Grants London, Quietways, Cycle Superhighways and Mini-Hollands.

-              Encourage cross-promotion of cycle training with Cycle Hire, borough cycle loan schemes and British Cycling led rides

-              Offer advanced cycle seminars to cycle club staff and members, targeting experienced and confident cyclists whom may not have considered that going on training is necessary

-              Recruit cycling champions to integrate with local communities, raising the awareness of free cycle training

-              Carry out market research to better understand our customers' needs