Useful Info

Bicycle Training
A new and better course called Bikeability, featuring on-road training, has replaced the old Cycling Proficiency TestAsk your school if they can arrange training, if they don't do it already. Note that the usual age for lessons is from 9 years old. The council also provides free cycle training for adults and children 6+ that you can book at any time. We thoroughly recommend it - even if you have cycled for years you will almost certainly learn something new. To book, contact Cycle Training Ltd or call them on 020 7231 6005, and mention that you live in Ealing.

Bicycle Workshops
You can learn how to maintain your bicycle at Ealing Bike Hub, Based in Greenford and run by Ealing Cycling Campaign it offers a wide range of maintenance classes for everyone from beginners to advanced - or you can just book a work stand and tools to fix your own bike. For an even wider range of services, see London Bike Hub. 
The council subsidise occasional one-day maintenance courses. These cost £5. For details see Cycle Training Ltd 

Bike Rental
You can rent Brompton bicycles from the Brompton Dock, opposite Ealing Broadway Station. 
Ealing Bike Hub have a limited number of bicycles for hire. 

Bicycle Repair Stations
The council has installed pumps and a selection of tools for doing simple repairs at a number of locations around the borough. You can find the locations here.

BMX
The nearest BMX track is next to Gurnell Leisure Centre, Ruislip Road East, W13 0AL. It is free and open for anyone to use. Visit Ealing Skatepark Association for news of events.   
The nearest BMX club is the Hawks at Lake Farm BMX Track, Dawley Road, Hayes. Beginners are encouraged to go along to an organised event when the Hawks can provide limited club bikes, safety gear and advice on how to get started. 

Canals 
Some of the quietest off-road cycling in Ealing is along the Grand Union canal. Overall the path is fine, apart from the stretch from Bull's Bridge to Southall which is very rough. Occasionally you will find gates designed to prevent motorcyclists using the canal. They are designed so regular bicycles can get through, but if you are on a recumbant, towing a trailer or on a bicycle with a child seat, you probably won't be able to pass. Many of these have been removed recently, or adapted to improve access for cycles. For more information on cycling along canals contact the Canal and River Trust.

Cycle Sports
Ealing's cycle racing club is the Westerley Cycling Club. If you want to take part in competitive riding, or like the idea of long, fast club runs, then this is the place to go.
The Minet Ladies Cycling Club is based at the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit and offers local women a mix of cycling for fun, fitness or competion. They can provide training and you can bring your children during the school holidays. 
For children and teenagers up to 16 the Hillingdon Slipstreamers is a great place to start. They run training sessions on Saturday mornings at the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit. 
For competitive mountain bike riding, see West Drayton Mountain Bike Club 
For BMX Cycling, see the Hawks, the Hayes BMX Club based at the Lake Farm BMX Track, Dawley Road, Hayes.

Cycle Theft
Cycle theft is a big problem in London. One of the best ways to prevent cycle theft is to use a good lock - we recommend a D-lock. Criminals can easily cut through thin cable locks. Always lock the frame of your bicycle to an immovable object, and never leave your bicycle out on the street overnight. 
Ealing Police recommend marking your bike and registering it with Bike Register. You can do this at: Bike Register. If your bike is stolen and recovered, the police will be able to return it to you.
Once you have the bike marked, it is also worth logging the details at the UK national property register Immobilise. This is another database the police will check to enable them to return stolen property to its owner. 
If your bike is stolen, report it to the police. There is a fair chance that it will be sold online. The best place to look is Bikeshd. This brilliant website displays all the bike ads on eBay and Gumtree in one place. If you spot your bicycle for sale, contact the police.


Ealing Council
Responsible for maintaining the roads, providing cycle training for children, transport planning, etc. Its web site has general information about Ealing and a cycling page. The council is keen to hear about any suggestions you have for cycle facilities or improvements. You can email your suggestions to them directly at: cycling@ealing.gov.uk.  You can also contact them on: 020 8825 5000.

Journey Planning
Transport for London's Journey Planner aims to direct you along cycle-friendly roads. Under 'travel preferences' click on 'walking and cycling'.  
You can order Free Cycle Maps of Ealing and London from TfL. 
You can find many of our local leisure rides on Bikely. Search for 'Ealing', then 'Ealing Cycling Campaign' to display the routes. 

Mountain Biking
The best mountain bike territory in south east England is said to be the network of trails around Leith Hill. Contact local bike shop, Nirvana Cycles for details: 01306 740300. They also organise rides.The nearest club is West Drayton Mountain Bike Club, based in Uxbridge.


Reporting Problems
Abandoned Bikes 
To get an abandoned bike attached to a cycle stand removed, call Ealing Council on 020 8825 6000 and ask to speak to Envirocrime. They should be able to tag the bike and then go back at a later date to remove if it is not collected.  
Bus Drivers
To report dangerous bus driving go to TfL Cycling and click on the 'Help and Contact' link at the bottom left of the page, then click 'make a complaint'. Or you can call TfL on: 0845 300 7000 

Parking in Cycle Lanes 
To report vehicles parking illegally, call the Ealing Parking Enforcement hotline: 020 8825 6677. Option 1. (9-5 Mon-Fri) Outside of these hours, call 020 8825 5000.    Note that parking may be allowed in cycle lanes at certain times. This is particularly true of advisory cycle lanes (those with dotted white lines). Please check that offences are being committed before calling. 

Potholes etc.

To report potholes, and any other street faults, go to Fix My Street. They will send your report to the relevant council. If you know the fault is in Ealing you can telephone 020-8825 6000. It is important to note the name of the road and the precise location - e.g. opposite house number x.  The Cyclists Touring Club also has a site to report potholes: Fill that hole.
Safe Routes to Schools
Sustrans gives you the information you need to develop a safe cycle route to your, or your child's, school. 

Second-hand bicycles
Ealing Bike Hub sells second hand bikes. In Acton, check out the Bicycle Repair Station.

Trains
All train companies on the National Rail network carry bicycles, but their rules vary. For instance, most bikes, with the exception of foldables, are not allowed on trains in the rush hour. Before travelling, check well in advance with the National Rail Enquiry Service Tel: 0845 748 4950. Thanks to an LCC campaign, Eurostar now allows you to take a bicycle on the train you're travelling on, but you need to book a space in advance.