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Cycle Training

We would like to get Essex residents on their bikes and using bikes for transport in and around Essex. If one of the main barriers for not cycling is lack of confidence, cycle training could help. We have a network of instructors that can help overcome that barrier, from learning to ride through to planning your journey for work or pleasure.

We provide Bikeability training for schools within Rochford. Schools book sessions during term time and your child will do this during the school day.

We also offer a range of Bikeability sessions for children, families, and adults to participate in.

Bikeability Family

We have developed Bikeability Family cycle training to help you get on your bikes. Whether you want further training for your child after they completed level 1 or 2 at school, or you as the parent need support, we’re here to help. This course is personalised to your family needs and completely free.

Bikeability Learn to Ride

These sessions are for children or adults who are unable to cycle. This includes everyone from children who are ready to make the move to riding with pedals, and adults who have never learnt to cycle. Sessions are taught 1:1 or 2:1, in an off road environment for a 45 min session.

Training for Adults

Cycling brings so many benefits for your social and professional life, health, and money saving, not to mention the positive impact on traffic and the environment. So why not give cycle training a try, especially as there is no charge. We offer a range of adult courses:

Learn to Ride: 45-minute session ( Max 4 sessions ). Requirements: A bike with 2 working brakes and a helmet.

Confidence: 2-hour bespoke session, allowing you to choose where you want to cycle too and what you want to learn. Requirements: A bike with 2 working brakes and a helmet.

Advance: 2-hour bespoke sessions including using the best riding position for any situation, riding on more complex roads. This might include busier roads, more complicated junctions, or faster roads with speed limits above 30mph. Requirements: A bike with 2 working brakes and a helmet.

To book any of the training courses, please go to the link below:


For more information, please email: cycletraining@essex.gov.uk

Travel Essex App

A free-to-use sustainable journey planner, the new TravelEssex app helps people in Essex to plan their journeys and travel by foot, bike, bus and train anywhere in the county.

Providing real-time travel information, users are given detailed expected journey and departure times for walking and cycling routes as well as bus services, including First, Arriva, Hedingham, and Stephensons, as well as Greater Anglia and C2C rail, National Rail and London Underground trains.

To download the TravelEssex app, search for it on the Play or Apple app store. For more information visit www.travelessex.co.uk

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Smarter Travel for Essex Network (STEN)

Essex County Council run the Smarter Travel for Essex Network (STEN) which helps businesses with over 50+ employees prepare and implement effective travel plans to promote and encourage active and sustainable travel.

Members of STEN will receive:

A dedicated support line offering unlimited support, advice and guidance via phone and email.

A bi-monthly e-newsletter providing information on new travel initiatives/campaigns, active travel related suggestions and activities as well as examples of best practice.

Access to the Annual Travel to Work survey. Data collected will allow members to see which travel incentives they should consider, based on the popularity of travel methods used by employees.

National Accreditation. Members will be eligible to apply for national travel plan accreditation, facilitated by Modeshift STARS –   an online travel planning tool kit, that creates, develops, and supports travel plans.

A range of bespoke marketing materials for two targeted campaigns each year to promote different travel modes and help with achieving travel plan goals.

For further information please visit the STEN web pages our LinkedIn page or contact travelplanteam@essex.gov.uk

Active Travel Toolkit for Schools

Active Travel Toolkit for Schools: Essex County Council, with the help from Active Essex are committed to optimising the levels of physical activity among school pupils across Essex. In doing so, we have produced an Active Travel Toolkit for schools to utilise and encourage families to travel in new ways to and from school.

Active travel not only presents the benefits of health as a source of physical activity but is safer for the environment and improves relationships and social inclusion.

Essex Cycle Grants

The Essex Cycle Grant is provided by Active Essex and Essex County Council to support organisations throughout the county to help more people to cycle. This can range from those needing support learning to ride or accessing a bike, to those who’re more confident wanting to explore more of Essex on two wheels. We want to increase local, inclusive cycling opportunities and target those who aren’t regular cyclists, or are new to cycling, to regularly take part. The money can be used to start up new activities or increasing the numbers attending existing activities.

Please visit the Essex Cycle Grant web page for further information, including grant criteria and how to apply.


Cyclist groups

Looking to join a cycling group or club? Check the options below to find your best fit.


Rayleigh MTB Mountain Bike Group

Hockley and Rayleigh Cycling Group

Walking groups

There are many different types of walking groups in Rochford, to find your best fit explore the websites below.


Hockley and Hawkwell Walk, Talk and Coffee

Rayleigh Walk and Talk

CAVS led walk from Rayleigh Lodge to Hullbridge
01268 214000


Essex County Council (essexhighways.org)


Essex County Council (essexhighways.org)


Within Rochford there are a number of local initiatives which have been set up to give you practical advice and support to become confident to use your bike on a regular basis. This will help to ‘embed’ cycling as a normal, everyday activity, rather than just a one-off experience.

The Southend Wheelers are a cycling group that meet regularly in the car park at Canewdon Village Hall

We are aware that there are a huge number of local initiatives promoting cycling. If you are aware of any other cycling initiatives that should be added to this page, please email travelplanteam@essex.gov.uk


Rochford District Council hold twice weekly wellbeing walks for people to attend.  On Monday’s the walks set off from Hullbridge and on Thursdays they set off from Hockley.  These walks are a great way of getting regular exercise, meeting new people as well as exploring the picturesque routes. For further details about the walks please visit: https://www.rochford.gov.uk/leisure-and-tourism/sport-and-physical-activity/wellbeing-walks


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