Monday, 8 October 2018

Cycle training provider to close

Cycle Training UK ,the organization that provides the cycle training for schools in Ealing, is closing at the end of October. A notice on its website says: “Thanks to the support of Ealing Borough Council, all the Bikeability courses for this current half term will be completed. Other training and Dr Bike events will continue until late October.”

The not-for-profit workers’ co-operative has been running for over 20 years and for nearly all that time has provided the cycle training for Ealing council.  In 2014/15 it trained over 1000 children at 42 schools in the borough, and ran individual sessions for 244 adults and 318 children. It also runs the Dr. Bikes the council provides around Ealing – roughly one per week.

Sadly, it appears to be a victim of the gig economy. It’s a not-for-profit workers’ cooperative and pays its trainers a monthly wage. Many other organisations employ their trainers on a job-by-job basis.

Cycle Training UK revolutionised the way cyclists are trained. Back in the 1990’s it was a pioneer of Bikeability training - taking trainee cyclists out on the roads so they can gain the skills to cycle in busy traffic. Before then, cycle training was confined to the school playground. In the last 20 years, CTUK has trained over 80,000 people, including many of the instructors that now work for other organisations. It provided Ealing Cycling Campaign with the ride leader and marshal training that enables us to lead our mass rides to central London for the Freecycle event. It will be greatly missed.

David Dansky, who runs CTUK says, “We are still accepting individual bookings in Ealing for a short while so if you know someone who wants a lesson fill in the form on our website soon.”