New to cycling? Here's how to get started!
There’s never been a better time to get back in the saddle in the Tees Valley and Let’s Go Tees Valley’s mission to help you find your way around by bike. Here’s everything you need to get going and stay going!
Find your best route
The Tees Valley is crisscrossed with hundreds of miles of dedicated cycle paths and signed cycleways, throughout Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton. Now is the time to discover the great routes on your doorstep and explore your local area.
You can download your local cycle map from the Let’s Go Tees Valley website here:
Ask an expert
Around the Tees Valley is a network of cycle hubs, with cycling staff and enthusiasts who will be happy to answer any questions you have about travelling by bike. They will advise you on issues such as:
- Route planning
- Group rides, to suit your ability
- Training and confidence sessions
- How to look after your bike
- What type of bike to get
- How to commute to work by bike
Find your local cycle hub on the Let’s Go Tees Valley website here:
Get your hands on a pre-loved or refurbished bicycle
There are several ways to get yourself a bike without breaking the bank. Pre-loved, refurbished, and upcycled bikes are available from the active travel hub in Darlington.
Bike Stop in Darlington have refurbished and new bikes for sale. They also accept payment in installments. Bike Stop provides free cycle training if you want to start travelling by bike to college or work but need some extra confidence. They also offer low-cost bicycle maintenance training sessions, MOTs and servicing to help you save money and keep your bike in tip-top shape.
Ride to work with the Bike Buddy scheme
The Bike Buddy scheme is a free service where you can be accompanied to work by a qualified ride leader. Your Bike Buddy will plan a safe route from your home to your workplace, according to your cycling ability and confidence. They will then ride with you from home to work, guiding you along the way, advising you on how to manage junctions, roundabouts or any other sections of the journey you're not sure about. After your ride with your Bike Buddy, you will have the confidence to cycle safely to work again and again.
We operate throughout Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton.
Simply complete the form on the Let’s Go Tees Valley website to get started.
Don’t go it alone
Getting back on a bike can be daunting if you’re not sure where or how to start. Try cycling with a friend or two, who can show you some easy routes and help you build your confidence out and about. Any rider would be delighted to share their passion with you!
Joining a group that matches your ability can be a great way to build your cycling confidence in a safe environment and meet like-minded people, whilst maintaining social distancing rules.
The Thornaby Funriders are running small group rides for beginners at the moment and would love to see some new faces. You can find out more about them at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/276240796465759/
Find the fun!
The most important thing to remember is to have fun and stay safe. Your health and happiness is just one bike ride away - even a mile round the block is enough to put a beaming smile on your face. Enjoy the ride!
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