Children’s group cycling tuition class – improvers

This is a group session for children who have learned to start and pedal consistently, with no stabilisers, and with nobody pushing them along.  All bookings must be made online, we’re sorry but we’re unable to accept bookings by telephone or email.

Tuesday 10th April 3pm – 4.30pm Victoria Common click here for more details

Donations welcome.  For information on classes for children who cannot yet pedal consistently without parental assistance and without stabilisers, please click here.

If you have any questions about which class your child should attend, please contact us.

Please note that our classes are usually over-subscribed.  We will put on more dates and hope to accommodate everyone who needs tuition. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

All ages are welcome from the age of 4 upwards.    We aim for a ratio of one instructor to six learners.

Please note that there is a £5 registration fee payable the first time you attend one of our classes.  Once you have booked you will be taken to the payment page.  If you believe that you cannot afford the £5 registration fee then please say why in the “comments” field on the booking form and we will offer you an alternative, such as a refundable deposit.  If you’ve paid a registration fee previously (including for a learn to ride class) you don’t need to pay again but you are welcome to make a donation.

On this session we will teach the following, subject to timing and progress:

– understanding safety equipment and clothing including helmet

– carry out a simple bike check

– steer the bike properly and make it go where they want

– brake properly and smoothly, without skidding

– look all around while cycling

– control the bike with one hand

– cycle with consideration for other people including vulnerable pedestrians, dogs, etc

– react safely to emergencies and maintain control of the bike

Each participant will need a bike to take part in this course.   We request that children wear a helmet.

Please note that there is a £5 registration fee payable the first time you attend one of our classes.  Once you have booked you will be taken to the payment page.  If you believe that you cannot afford the £5 registration fee then please say why in the “comments” field on the booking form and we will offer you an alternative, such as a refundable deposit.

Please consider making a donation to Northfield Ecocentre to support the running costs of Cycle South Brum.

Parents, siblings, spectators are welcome, all we ask is that parents respect that our tutors are in charge, and that any children attending who are not participating need to sit quietly so as not to cause a collision hazard.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit?

We normally teach children from the age of four upwards.  If your child is younger than this please contact us.

How will you monitor my progress?

We use a learning management system called Moodle.  This will enable us to monitor your progress and plan the sessions accordingly.

What are my transport/parking options?

Victoria Common: There is some car parking at the Church Road entrance to Victoria Common, which closes at dusk.  Buses 18 and 27 run along Bunbury Road.  The Victoria Common is 5 minutes’ walk from Bristol Road South where the 61 and 63 buses run.  Northfield train station is 5-10 minutes walk away.

Bournville College:  There is paid car parking in Longbridge Town Centre.  The college is two minutes’ walk from Longbridge Train Station.  Bus 63 runs  nearby.

Please contact us if you need help planning a cycle route.

What can/can’t I bring to the event?

You should bring a bike that is roadworthy.  We will show you how to carry out a safety check as part of the tuition.  We can carry out minor adjustments only.   If you don’t have a bike, we have a limited number of bikes, including balance bikes, that you can use for the session, please complete a bike hire enquiry form.

If you wish to hire a bike then you MUST pick it up from Northfield Ecocentre by 15 minutes before the start of the session on the day of the session.  If you arrive late, without having picked up the bike, then we cannot guarantee staff availability to get the bike from the Ecocentre.

We request that children wear a helmet and strongly recommend that adults wear a helmet.  We will show you how to fit the helmet properly as part of the tuition.  If you don’t have a helmet, and would like to borrow one, please complete a helmet enquiry form.

Do I need one-to-one cycling tuition?

In most cases, no.  Most people can learn to cycle in a group session, including children as young as 4.  We are planning regular group sessions and people can attend as many times as they need, subject to availability.  Everyone learns at different rates, and if it takes a while to learn then this isn’t a bad thing as practice makes perfect.  We can offer a limited number of free one-to-one sessions for adults or children who have a specific barrier that means they need additional help, such as a disability (including learning disability), chronic illness, autism, or mobility issue.  Our instructors will identify anyone in need of this type of session.  Please email if you need to talk to us about this.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?


Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes, please contact us at if you would like to transfer your ticket to another person.

Can I update my registration information?


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, we will send you a reminder email.

Weather policy

In the event of extreme weather conditions such as heavy precipitation or dangerous surfaces, it is at the discretion of our instructors whether to proceed or to cancel.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn’t match the attendee. Is that okay?

No.  Please make sure you answer questions about the name, age and ability of the attendee as fully as possible.  This is to help us identify how best we can teach them.  We need to know about the trainee, which isn’t necessarily the same as the person completing the booking form.

Cancellation policy

If you cancel without reasonable notice (usually 24 hours except in the event of a genuine emergency) and you have paid a registration fee, then we will either refund your registration fee or carry it over.  We reserve the right not to refund your registration fee if you don’t turn up without a valid reason.

There is a £5 registration fee for booking your first class.  This is to deter no-shows.  If you have paid the £5 registration fee previously, then you do not need to pay again.

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