What is Active Cycling all About?
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, mobile Dr Bike clinics and cycle training for everyone from aged 4 upwards.
Have a look at our cycling activities below
- Led Cycle Ride Programme
We 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 is a nationally recognised programme that enables children and adults with disabilities and differing needs to engage in a quality cycling activity.
Our centre in Litherland is 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 in Litherland at the following times:
Litherland Sports Park, Boundary Lane, Litherland L21 7LA
Tuesdays: from 12.00pm – 3.00pm / Wednesdays: from 10.00am – 3.00pm
BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL, to book call: Cycling Projects on 01925 234213
For more information about the scheme please complete our contact form.
- Cycle Hire for all the Family
Our 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.
- 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!
The next sessions are 9am to 12pm
Tuesday 31st July
Litherland Sports Park, Boundary Lane, Litherland, L21 7LA
Thursday 2nd August
Shoreside Primary School, Westminster Drive, Ainsdale, PR8 2QZ
Tuesday 28th August
Litherland Sports Park, Boundary Lane, Litherland, L21 7LA
Thursday 30th August
Shoreside Primary School, Westminster Drive, Ainsdale PR8 2QZ
Booking is essential, to book Tel. 0345 1400845
- Dr Bike Sessions
We 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.
See below for details of our next sessions. 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 :
- Tuesday 14th August
Waterloo Community Centre, Old School Building, Great Georges Road, Waterloo, L22 1RD
- Wednesday 15th August
Litherland Youth and Community Centre, 41 Sefton Rd, Litherland, L21 9HD
- Friday 17th August
Venus Centre, 215 Linacre Lane, Bootle, L20 6AD
- Wednesday 22nd August
L30 Community Centre, Stonyfield, Netherton, L30 0QS
- Friday 24th August
Brunswick Youth and Community Centre, Marsh Lane, Bootle, L20 4JQ
Sefton Cycle Chat
Next Meeting: Tuesday 6th November, 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
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.