What is Active Cycling all About?

Why Cycle?

More and more people are taking to two wheels (Or more) as a way to get from A to B, stay fit, healthy and active, socialise and meet new people or save money on travel.

Cycling has always been the perfect method of transport for short distances; quicker than walking, hassle free parking and non weight bearing cardio vascular exercise, so good for your heart, lungs and joints too.



If you are looking to get involved with cycling in Sefton, either as a participant or in a volunteer role then you have come to the right place; whether you have never ridden before but are keen to learn, already an active cyclist but want to ride with a group or you’re looking to grow your confidence and knowledge around bike maintenance, then we have something for you.

The cycling programme we deliver varies throughout the year, we have our old favourites that remain constant, such as the Pedal Away Rides on a Tuesday morning from Litherland Sports Park and Fridays froms MeCycle Cafe, our Wheels for All sessions offering a wide range of adapted cycles to enable almost everyone to enjoy cycling whatever their age, ability or needs, mobile Dr Bike clinics and cycle training for everyone from aged 4 upwards.

Have a look at our cycling activities below

We currently have a wide range of activities on offer and are always looking at new ideas and sessions to deliver throughout the borough. Currently we are running:


  • Led Cycle Ride Programme

_mg_4342-resizedWe have a series of group cycle rides which are organised and led by qualified ride leaders; the rides are designed to offer an opportunity to improve your physical and mental health through gentle exercise, provide the opportunity to meet new people and ride with like minded individuals, discover new cycle routes within and around Sefton and improve your cycling technique and awareness.

The rides takes place across the borough and are open to anyone with some basic cycling ability, at some of the venues bikes can also be provided.

  • Wheels for All Sessions

_wheels_for_all-2-resizedWheels for All is a nationally recognised programme that enables children and adults with disabilities and differing needs to engage in a quality cycling activity.

Sefton’s centres are equipped with a range of specially adapted cycles and welcomes individuals, groups and families to be involved, subject to appropriate training.

We have two organised sessions operating at our main centre in Litherland and open access sessions at Dunes Splash World, organised group sessions run at:

Litherland Sports Park, Boundary Lane, Litherland L21 7LA
Tuesdays: from 12.00pm – 3.00pm / Wednesdays: from 10.00am – 3.00pm
GROUP SESSION BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL, call: Cycling Projects on 01925 234213 or complete our contact form

Cycles are also available for loan at other times and also at Dunes Splash World, Esplanade, Southport PR8 1RX
(subject to conditions).

For more information about the scheme please complete our contact form.

  • Free Wheeling Scheme

_mg_4195-resizedThis scheme is free and offers Sefton residents (conditions apply) the opportunity to access bikes in order to make cycling a part of their active lifestyle or, indeed join us on one of our led rides.

To join the scheme go along to any of the centres listed and take with you the following identification:

A recent utility bill (Gas, Water, Electricity or Telephone)

Any personal photographic identification (Passport, Driver’s Licence or Travel Pass)

Cycles are available from:

  • Dunes Splash World 01704 537 160
  • Litherland Sports Park 0151 288 6288
  • MeCycle Café Ainsdale 01704 579 353 or email: emailus@mecycle.co.uk

For general enquiries about the scheme: Tel: 0151 934 4576 or contact us

  • Cycle Hire for all the Family

_mg_8224-resizedOur partners at VISIT Sefton and West Lancs also have a cycle hire scheme which provides bikes for all the family (fee applies).  For details of the centres and costs, please see the VISIT website.





  • Ditch Your Stabilisers

Free sessions for families offering support, advice and guidance from our enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff to help children aged 4 years upwards learn to ride independently without stabilisers. These hands on sessions offer the perfect opportunity to give your children a head start with their cycling.

Great News! We’ve now partnered up with Sefton Children’s University, so by attending one of our sessions your child can now gain a stamp for their passport. Don’t forget to bring passports on the day!

The next sessions are 9am to 12pm

  • Tuesday 29th May
    Litherland Sports Park, Boundary Lane, Litherland L21 7LA


  • Thursday 31st May
    Shoreside Primary School, Westminster Drive, Ainsdale PR8 2QZ

Booking is essential, to book Tel. 0345 1400845

  • Dr Bike Sessions

dr-bike-5We regularly hold Dr Bike sessions for patients needing a cycle MOT. Operating out of community venues across South Sefton the bike doctor can breathe new life into your old bicycle. So if your bike has seen plenty of use over the summer months then it could be the perfect time to give it a health check to make sure it’s gears are running smoothly and brakes are working effectively.
Equally, if you have decided to dig your old bike out and get back into cycling or you’ve just got yourself a new bike, then come along and get it checked out.
Check out the events calendar for details of our next sessions or see below. No booking is required; however the sessions can be popular and quite busy, so a short wait may be necessary.
Work generally undertaken includes:
> Replacing inner tubes
> Replacing gear and brake cables
> Replacing brake blocks
> Adjusting brakes
> Tuning/servicing gears
As this is a mobile service, we may not be able to fix all repairs, if this is the case we will provide you with advice on where to take your bike for the work to be completed. As the sessions can be quite busy, priority is also given to adult cycles.

All sessions are 10.00am–1.00pm :

> Friday 23rd February
Brunswick Youth and Community Centre, Marsh Lane, Bootle, L20 4JQ
>Wednesday 21st February
L30 Community Centre, Stonyfield, Netherton, L30 0QS
> Friday 16th February
Venus Centre, 215 Linacre Lane, Bootle L20 6AD – Weather Permitting
> Tuesday 20th February
Waterloo Community Centre, Old School Building, Great Georges Road, Waterloo, L22 1RD
> Wednesday 28th February
Litherland Youth and Community Centre, 41 Sefton Rd, Litherland L21 9HD – Weather Permitting

  • Bike Fix

Welcome to our new cycling programme to encourage and help people to maintain their own bike, keeping them pedalling for longer.
We have opened up our fully equipped bike workshop to anyone wishing to make use of the space, tools, parts and expertise to service or repair their bike.
You will access to the following:
> Bike work stands
> Cables
> Inner tubes
> Oil/lubricants
> Brake pads
> Chains
> Tyres
> Specific tools
> Wheel truing stand
The workshop will be open on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each Month from 10.00am to 3.00pm on the following dates
April: 12th | 26th
May: 10th | 24th
June: 14th
To ensure a place, contact active travel on: 0151 934 4576 or Email: activetravel@sefton.gov.uk

Other initiatives include

  • Adult Learn to Ride courses
  • Basic Cycle Maintenance Courses

For further details on any of the sessions, where and when they are taking place?, who they are for?, whether booking is required? and who will be delivering? please visit the events page or contact us.

Sefton Cycle Chat

Southport_Cylcle_Festival_2010_117Are you a cyclist, would you like to be involved in discussions on cycling in Sefton? Then why not come along to the Sefton Cycle Chat which provides the opportunity to discuss the cycling agenda across Sefton and how you can shape future improvements and promoting it.



Next Meeting: Tuesday 3rd July, MeCycle Cafe, 59 Station Road, Ainsdale, PR8 3HH

Time: 6pm to 8pm

To book a place, call 0151 934 4576 or get in touch via the contact page


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