Cycle Training UK

Cycle Training UK (CTUK) is a highly respected independent provider of best practice on-road cycle training. We are a not-for-profit workers’ co-operative whose main purpose is to promote cycling as a form of transport. CTUK was established in 1998 and has trained over 80,000 people in London and across the UK to ride skilfully and confidently on roads. Our workers are urban cyclists who ride on roads every day and have in-depth experience of cycle promotion, cycle training and bicycle maintenance. All instructors working for CTUK are fully accredited National Standard Instructors (NSIQs)

3 October 2016
Businesses and shops, Charity, Health, Local Authorities, Other, Recreation, Schools
Local Alliances:
Southwark Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

Cycle Training UK deliver a project called Positive Spin that enables people with dementia and their carers to cycle in a safe, friendly environment. The sessions and roadshows are rolling out to boroughs in London.

Positive Spin:

Is delivered in a normal, fun environment (in a park or taster sessions at care centres). This ‘normalising’ chimes with the Alliance’s declaration. People with dementia are in public spaces, are visible and are have fun doing a normal activity - riding a bike.

Participants can choose what they want to do – they may simply want to look, have a coffee or take part. They choose what type of bike they would like to ride (we offer a range of ‘all-ability bike as well as the usual two wheelers).

The activity of cycling is enabling – many participants report social and physical benefits.

We do not set limitations – the cycle training we deliver is National Standard recognised. The training enables participants to move around independently and under their own control giving a sense of freedom. If appropriate, cycling can be considered as a mode of transport.

People with dementia and their carers are supported throughout the programme with dedicated bicycles and trained cycling instructors.

Cycle Training UK is the first cycle training provider to offer this type of project. We are working with local authorities to offer more sessions across London and the UK. We will be promoting Dementia Awareness week at two Positive Spin sessions in Lambeth and Hackney in May.


Cycle Training UK is delivering their services with close attention to the needs of participants and their families, integrating Positive Spin in the local community.


Cycle Training UK is collaborating with the Alzheimer’s Society and Dementia Pathfinders to raise awareness about dementia and other services available in their area/nationally.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Perception of risk: We have a robust methodology with regards to risk assessment. The participant, the bike, the training environment are all risk assessed. During the session we carry out dynamic risk assessment. However the delivery of cycle training to people with dementia is new to the sector. Some potential referrals opt out in a belief that their client would be unable to take part. Our track record, outcomes from the pilot scheme, video and photographs challenge this view.


We are looking to work with a university department in order to evaluate the project (and have developed close connections with the UCL Engineering Exchange). As the project enters the public domain there will be better awareness of what can be achieved and the data to reassure potential clients.


Carer burden: This is a unique opportunity for participants and their families to engage in a fun & therapeutic activity together. The carer quickly understands their relative is in good hands and can relax and enjoy cycling or learning to cycle and have the opportunity to share anything on their time. There was a need for the family to accompany their family member.  Work and family commitments have made it difficult to attend sessions in the park. We are exploring the possibility for volunteer and befriending organisations to help facilitate access. We have run some very successful ‘roadshows’  bring taster sessions to sheltered housing and dare care centres. We would like to offer more of these sessions.


Access: Access to parks may be difficult. We look to engage with other local authorities to offer positive spin sessions in more appropriate park sites across London and then to enable a roll-out across the UK through a training programme devised specially for people with dementia.


Investment: Further investment in ‘side-by-side’ bikes will be required to enable opportunity for everyone.


Training: Cycle Training UK is committed to the company becoming Dementia Friends and will train two people as Dementia Champions.


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2. Actions

  • Become dementia friends and train two people as Dementia Champions

    To further support dementia awareness and to get a better insight into the dementia community our instructors will become dementia friends and two people within the organisation will train as Dementia Champions.

    Being implemented
  • Engage further with local authorities and community groups

    Continue to promote dementia awareness. Communicating the outcomes of the Positive Spin sessions to London Boroughs who have not yet signed up to the programme. Creating more opportunity for people with dementia and their carers to easily access sessions across London

    Being implemented
  • Training cycle training providers to deliver the Positive Spin programme nationally

    Cycle Training UK is the first cycle training provider to offer this type of project. We are an Instructor Training Organisation (ITO). We would look to share our knowledge and deliver training to other providers to ensure national coverage and better awareness of the positive benefits of cycling across the UK.