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Cycling is a great way to keep healthy. Getting on our bikes more often can help us on the way to making the small changes that can bring short and long term benefits to our health, the environment and our purse.

Cycling isn’t just for professional riders or couriers, it’s for everyone! Cycling is a great way to keep fit, have fun, and get around town. If you are a new cyclist or would like to boost your confidence there is a lot of help on offer to get kids of all ages on the saddle.

Free family cycle skills training

Through a variety of training, campaigns and events, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea aims to get as many people cycling in the borough as possible. They offer a range of free Bikeability cycle skills courses that are based on the National Standards for Cycle Training and vary according to age and ability. You can book the training as an individual or as a family session. To book a place please complete this online form. If you have any questions please call 020 7361 3628 or email road.safety@rbkc.gov.uk.

Bikeminded is the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s campaign to promote cycling among its residents The Bikeminded website has plenty of information about cycling activities including regular social rides, tips about where you can buy a bike (including second hand bikes) and advice about how to get started.


All Ability Cycling Club

Bikeworks runs an all ability cycling club, which is totally free to attend. The club is open to all ages and Bike Wheelabilities and meets every Friday morning between 11am and 1pm and alternate Saturday afternoons between 11am and 1pm at Little Wormwood Scrubs Adventure Playground, W10 6AD. They meet at the front of the park just by Dalgarno Gardens.

The Bikeworks team provide the bicycles and helmets, and have a selection ranging from scooters, two wheelers, tandems, recumbents, wheelchair and hand cycles. A great opportunity to have fun and try out something new!

For more information, please contact the All Ability Team on all.ability@bikeworks.org.uk.


Dr Bike

Dr Bike also run regular sessions in different locations across the borough. Their team of professional bike mechanics carry out minor repairs and give advice on more major work that needs to be done and general maintenance.

No need to book. Just go along and get your bike tuned up for free.

The nearest location to Golborne is Notting Hill Gate by the Waterstones at the junction with Kensington Church Street on the first Wednesday of every month between 4pm and 7pm.


Hire to Buyer Scheme

Thinking about cycling? With our new Hire to Buyer scheme, you can have a brand new bike and accessories, plus a session with a cycling instructor to help you get started, for just £20 per month. 

Carry on paying to loan your brand new bike for £20 a month until you either decide to return it at any time, or until you pay off the value of the bike and it becomes yours!

The Hire to Buyer pilot scheme is run by Peddle My Wheels in partnership with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and is open to anyone who lives, works or studies in the borough.  Just 40 bicycles are available under the pilot scheme.

If you’re interested, you can find all the information about signing up to the scheme and choosing your bike on the Peddle My Wheels website, where there’s also a handy list of FAQs.

If have any further questions you can also contact the Council at cycling@rbkc.gov.uk.


Santander Cycles (previously Barclays Cycle Hire) – hire a bike!

If you don’t own your own bicycle, don’t worry, there are plenty of hire bikes in London. The bikes are adult size (suitable for children aged 14 or over) and perfect for a family bike ride. Users can either pay for an annual Santander
Cycles membership or for a £2 deposit you become a member for 24 hours.

You can then ride a Santander Cycle Hire bike for 30 minutes for free or for longer for a small additional charge.
The closest docking stations to the Golborne area are at All Saints’ Road Portobello and Westbourne Park Road Portobello.blue bike

Also nearby are:

  • All Saints Church, Portobello
    St Mark’s Road, North Kensington
    Blenheim Crescent, Ladbroke Grove

For more information, visit the Santander Cycles webpage.        


Tips and ideas

When it comes to getting on our bikes as a family, having fun is key. Start slowly and keep the first few trips short or take Lightbulbregular breaks, because one mile can seem like five to tired little legs!

For more tips on cycling fun for all the family, visit TfL's tips for cycling with kids webpage.

You can also check our the Bike4Life webpages for lots of safety tips and advice about buying and maintaining bikes.

And for loads more tips and ideas on active travel, check out the Sustrans website.