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London's First Online Cycling Course

CyclingDerby (UK), August 2020 - Walkgrove helped to build London's first online cycling course as part of the British capital's "green recovery" from COVID-19. Working in partnership with Cycle Confident, the company is helping Transport for London (TfL) get more Londoners out on their bikes by designing and developing the city’s first online Cycle Skills course. And it is free of charge.

Training is part of TfL’s and the mayor's wider plans for a green and sustainable recovery from coronavirus. The capital now wants to transform its centre into an easier place to make active journeys and is encouraging more local trips on foot and by bike.

Walkgrove was commissioned by experienced cycle training providers Cycle Confident to design and build four short eLearning modules that would empower and equip more people to cycle in London.

With face-to-face cycle training paused due to the pandemic, TfL needed an impactful and free-to-use online solution to develop both basic skills and confidence.

Tailored to London’s cycling conditions, the twenty-minute course is designed for people who are either new to cycling or just want to brush up on their skills.

Using content created by Cycle Confident, the bite-size modules include easy-to-follow tips and advice to get everyone ready to ride and are illustrated with video footage and helpful animations. The modules cover the following areas:

  • Get ready to ride - tips to get ready for the road, including pre-ride checks to tyre air pressure, brakes and chain, basic control and cycle handling
  • First time on the road - learning how to start cycling on the road safely and responsibly
  • On the road again - confidence-boosting tips for anyone looking to return to cycling, including sharing the road and communication with road users
  • Cycling with children - how to cycle safely in a group with children and others


TfL needed a rapid roll-out of green recovery initiatives, and the online Cycle Skills course had a suitably ambitious deadline of just 3.5 weeks from conception to delivery.

David Showell, CEO of Cycle Confident, said, "We are delighted to have partnered with Walkgrove on this challenging and important project, which will empower more Londoners to cycle. Thanks to the combination of Walkgrove's agility, speed, and creativity - and our long experience of developing cycle safety training for TfL - we were able to produce quality online learning in a very short timeframe."

Deployment was also made easier and faster by the use of Walkgrove's light-touch learning  management system, Svelte, as the launch platform for the training.

The newly launched Cycle Skills course received a promising reception, with 500 learners signing up on the first day and over 2300 completions in the first week.

TfL Cycle Skills project manager, Vicky Shepherd, offered her "huge thanks for a massive team effort. We are getting lots of positive feedback both internally and externally, which is great. The number of people completing the modules shows we have a great course, and we're looking forward to seeing new and returning cyclists putting their learning into practice on our streets."