Children’s learn to ride

A FREE group session for people in the MOVE MORE EAT WELL area – residents of wards inLongbridgeCoftonNorthfieldRubery North and Rubery South. If you live outside these areas there will be a small fee for the class with priority given to those in the areas.

The location will be Victoria Common, Church Road, Northfield.

All ages are welcome from the age of 4 upwards. We aim for a ratio of one instructor to three to four learners. Adults who wish to learn please click here.

On this session we will teach the following:

– understanding safety equipment and clothing including helmet

– carry out a simple bike check

– get on and off the bike without help

– pedal without help and stop without help

Each participant will need a bike to take part in this course. We do not recommend the use of stabilisers for children as they are not the best way to help the child to learn the necessary skills. We request that children wear a helmet and strongly recommend that adults wear a helmet. This session is free of charge, but please consider making a donation to Northfield Ecocentre to support the running costs of Cycle South Brum.

Parents, siblings, spectators are welcome, all we ask is that any children attending who are not participating need to watch quietly so as not to cause a collision hazard.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit?

We normally teach people from the age of four upwards. If your child is younger than this please contact us.

What are my transport/parking options?

For a map of the location please click here.

There is a free car park at the entrance to Victoria Common on Church Road. There is paid car parking at Northfield Shopping Centre. There is very limited street parking on Church Road and other side roads surrounding Victoria Common.

The following buses run nearby: 61, 63, 18, 27. Northfield train station is around ten minutes walk.

Please contact us if you need help planning a cycle route.

What can/can’t I bring to the event?

You should bring a bike that is roadworthy. We will show you how to carry out a safety check as part of the tuition. We can carry out minor adjustments only.

If you wish to hire a bike from us for this session then you will be able to request it when you book. You will need to pick it up from Northfield Ecocentre by 4.15pm and return it afterwards.

We request that children wear a helmet and strongly recommend that adults wear a helmet. We will show you how to fit the helmet properly as part of the tuition. If you don’t have a helmet, you can borrow one.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?


Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes, please contact us at if you would like to transfer your ticket to another person.

Can I update my registration information?


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, we will send you a reminder email.

Weather policy

In the event of extreme weather conditions such as heavy precipitation or dangerous surfaces, it is at the discretion of our instructors whether to proceed or to cancel.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn’t match the attendee. Is that okay?

No. Please make sure you answer questions about the name, age and ability of the attendee as fully as possible. This is to help us identify how best we can teach them. We need to know about the trainee, which isn’t necessarily the same as the person completing the booking form.

These sessions are part of the Move More, Eat Well initiative. Participants are required to take part in a monitoring questionnaire. You will be asked a few questions when you register. Thank you in advance for your help.

Data protection statement

Your personal data will only be held by or on behalf of Northfield Ecocentre and the Move More Eat Well Programme and will not be shared with any other organisation.

Northfield Ecocentre and The Move More Eat Well programme will only gather and store your personal information (such as name, e-mail, address, mobile number and other relevant information related to our programme) after having been given permission by you to do so.

The insight we gain from your answers to monitoring questions will be anonymised and shared with non-commercial organisations like Birmingham Public Health (Birmingham City Council) so that we can work with them to help provide better opportunities to promote active lifestyles which will help us understand activity levels and/or barriers to Moving More and Eating Well in Birmingham. This survey is being conducted in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and if you would like to know more about our Data Protection Policy please visit the websites or email