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 from 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 in addition to cycle training for everyone from aged 4 upwards.

Have a look at our cycling activities below

We currently have the following 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.


Intermediate Riders
> Litherland Sports Park, Boundary Lane, Litherland L21 7LA
10.00am – approx 12.00pm

Intermediate Riders
> MeCycle Café
59 Station Rd, Ainsdale PR8 3HH
10.00am – approx 12.30pm

‘Back in the Saddle’ Riders
> MeCycle Café
59 Station Rd, Ainsdale PR8 3HH
10.00am – 11.00am

Bikes and helmets are available for loan – advanced booking required.
For Litherland
Tel: 0151 934 4259
Email: cycling@sefton.gov.uk
For Mecycle
Tel: 01704 579353
Email: emailus@mecycle.co.uk




  • Cycle Hire for all the Family

_mg_8224-resizedOur partners at VISIT Sefton and West Lancs operate 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.







  • Cycle maps and routes

We have a wide range of maps and routes all available to print from our downloads page.  You will also find an On Road Cycle Training guide, a Bike Maintenance Toolkit plus lots of other useful stuff. Alternatively, complete our contact form and we can send copies out to you.







  • 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!





Summer Sessions from 9.00am to 12.00pm

> Tuesday 30th July
Litherland Sports Park
Boundary Lane, Litherland L21 7LA

> Thursday 1st August
Shoreside Primary School
Westminster Drive, Ainsdale PR8 2QZ

> Tuesday 27th August
Litherland Sports Park
Boundary Lane, Litherland L21 7LA

> Thursday 29th August
Shoreside Primary School
Westminster Drive, Ainsdale PR8 2QZ

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL – Places are strictly limited on a first come first served basis with priority for Sefton Residents. To book please tel 0345 1400845

Please ensure your child has suitable clothing and footwear for the session as well as a cycle helmet that fits.


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: Wednesday 25th September, MeCycle, 59 Station Road, Ainsdale, PR8 3HH

Time: 6pm to 8pm

To book a place, call 0151 934 4541 or get in touch via the contact page


Collideoscope is an independent website designed to provide cyclists with the online tools to record and report collisions or near misses with other road users.

The website takes your recorded information and generates a incident report which is then directed to the Highways Department, this information is then utilised to help improve infrastructure, traffic measures and travel behavior.

Fill That Hole

Fill that hole is an independent website run by Cycling UK (Formerly CTC); designed to provide road users and in particular cyclists a mechanism to report highway defects, such as potholes or debris to local authorities.

The website and associated mobile phone application, provide a quick and easy format to report areas of concern.