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Cycle training

Cycle training

Get fit, stay safe and give your confidence a boost with our Freewheeling cycling courses.  Funded by Merseytravel, courses are available for people who live or work in Merseyside.

If you don’t cycle and want to learn the right skills, are returning to cycling or want to enhance your riding then this FREE training could be just up your street.



Cycle Maps and Routes

Cycle Maps and Routes

The Merseyside Cycle Maps show cycling routes for all abilities.  You'll find both on and off road routes. There is a Map for each Authority area and together the maps make a comprehensive map of all of Merseyside

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Cycling Safety Tips

Cycling Safety Tips

Stop at red lights. It's safer and could save you a £70 fine

  • Stay away from the gutter. If the road is too narrow for vehicles to pass you safely, it might be safer to ride towards the middle of the lane to prevent dangerous overtaking by other vehicles
  • Stay away from parked cars. Ideally, keep a door's width away in case the door opens suddenly. Also, try to ride in a straight line past parked cars rather than dodging between them
  • Stay back from HGVs and buses. Lorries and other large vehicles might not be able to see you clearly, so stay well back behind them
  • Always pay attention. Stay focused on what's going on around you so you can see what other road users might do
  • Make eye contact. Try to make eye contact with drivers so you're sure that they have seen you
  • Don't pavement cycle. Don't cycle on the pavement or up a one-way street (unless clearly marked for cyclists)
  • Wear bright clothes. Stay safe by wearing bright clothes during the day and reflective clothing/accessories at night
  • Night lights. Make sure the lights work after dark. You could be fined £70 if they are not working because it is your responsibility to check
  • Signal. Use appropriate hand signals to indicate that you're turning left or right
  • No phones or devices. Don't use a mobile phone or earphones
  • Helmet. Consider wearing a helmet
  • Cycle training. There is free cycle training, including commuter skills, for members who reside in Merseyside


Welcome to citybike, the largest public bicycle scheme outside of London, launched on May 2014 and now with over 130 stations throughout Liverpool.
With tariff packages available from £3 per day, £9 for a week or £60 for a year, there is something to suit everyone.
For more detailed information about the citybike scheme, as well as other bike sharing schemes operated by Hourbike, including downloads, pictures and videos, go to the citybike scheme page in Hourbike.com.
Citybike is an initiative by Liverpool City Council, part-funded by the Department for Transport and operated by Hourbike Ltd.
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