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  • Public health

Did you know that getting on your bike regularly can help you lose weight, reduce stress and improve your fitness?

Cycling is suitable for people of all ages and abilities, and it's one of the easiest ways to fit exercise into your daily routine because it's a form of transport. It also saves you money, gets you fit and is good for the environment.        

Free monthly Dr Bike sessions in Barnet




Have your bicycle checked and minor repairs fixed for free on the first Thursday of each month between 4pm and 7pm at the locations below:

Thursday 7 December 2017 Hendon Central tube station
Thursday 4 January 2018 opposite East Finchley tube station
Thursday 1 February 2018 Edgware bus station/Edgware tube station
Thursday 1 March 2018   Hendon Central tube station

The Police will also be there to security mark bicycles and offer advice.

East Finchley Festival , Sunday 25th June  2017

Address: Cherry Tree Woods, Summerlee Avenue, N2

Bring your bicycle to the East Finchley Festival, on Sunday 25th June 2017 between 1-5pm for a free bicycle health check and advice on cycling in Barnet and further afield.

Come along and meet members of Barnet Cyclists, the local branch of the London Cycling Campaign (LCC), who will be available to provide advice and tips on all aspects of cycling including buying a new bicycle, cycle routes and maps, cycle equipment, and maintaining your bicycle.

A Dr Bike mechanic funded by Barnet Council will be on hand to check your bicycle and to fix minor repairs.  There is no need to book a place simply turn up with your bicycle on the day.

Free Cycle Skills training if you live, work or study in Barnet

Whether you're a first-time rider or a regular cyclist looking to improve your skills and are aged sixteen or older, we provide free, tailored courses to suit your individual abilities and goals.


Learn to cycle with a free session tailored to you.  You'll practice in a safe, off-road environment with a fully qualified instructor.  In a session you'll learn the basics, build skills and gain confidence to navigate your local area.


Improve your cycling skills and confidence with a free session tailored to you.  You'll start in a safe, off-road environment to refresh your cycling technique and develop new skills before moving on to practice on quiet roads.


Perfect your cycling techniques with a free one-to-one session with a fully qualified trainer.  Improve your performance when dealing with complex junctions, heavy traffic or cycling at night and receive assurance that you are cycling efficiently and effectively.


Gain confidence and learn skills to cycle as a family with a free family cycling session.  In the session a qualified instructor will teach you how to cycle with children, using quiet routes and parks.

Last year 657 individuals received Cycle Skills and Family training.

Register and book your session through Cycle Confident. To find out more, please email cycling@barnet.gov.uk

Bike routes in Barnet parks

Our Marked and Measured Routes located in many of our parks around the borough are pre-plotted routes that people of all ages and abilities can ride at their own convenience.

NHS Choices provides more information about cycling and equipment needed to get you started.

Cycling through winter

Cycling can be enjoyed all year round regardless of the season.  Find out more about advice to help you cycle through the winter months via the Sustrans website.

Bicycle security marking

If you are interested in getting your bicycle security marked, please get in contact with the Metropolitan Police's Barnet Safer Transport Team.

Telephone 0208 733 5570 or email: STT.barnet@met.police.uk.

The Barnet Safer Transport Team are offering free bicycle security marking for anyone who lives, works or studies in Barnet. The initiative is free of charge and they will attend a home or work address or educational establishment.

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