Family and Leisure

Along with campaigning and utility riding, cycling for pleasure is what Cycling UK is all about. From deciding whether to ride while pregnant to setting out on your first family cycling adventures, our guides will help you make the most of your riding.

Essential Information

2 year old girl on a balance bike
A balance bike is a great way to get a toddler cycling. Our video shows in simple steps how and why a pedal-less bike is an ideal introduction to...
Ida the star of CTC's How to teach a child to ride a bike video
Learning to cycle the CTC way is easy and fun - and teaches skills that will last a lifetime.
Cyclists in the New Forest
Family bike rides are the perfect way to spend time together. Cycling UK's Victoria Hazael and 'Cycle' magazine editor Dan Joyce share...
CTC Vice President Josie Dew and her daughters
If you want to cycle with one child aged 6 months - 4 years one of the best things you can buy is a child seat for your bike. This cycle child seat...
A four-year old girl cycling in the park
A police officer in Lincolnshire reportedly threatened to confiscate a four-year-old girl's bicycle because she was cycling on the pavement. CTC...
Girl on a bike
Choosing the right children's bike is the first thing you need to do to help your child to learn to cycle and to love cycling. Cycle magazine...
Cycle A-way - Cycling UK unique guide to published cycle routes
Cycling UK’s unique guide to all the published cycle routes in the British Isles, whether on or off-road. Find places to ride and information about...
Three schoolgirls cycling to school in green uniform
Most children live within cycling distance of their school and want to get there by bike. Alix Stredwick examines what’s stopping them – and how to...
Jesse on the Dunwich Dynamo
School is just out, but it's not long before 650,000 new students head off for uni this autumn. CTC caught up with two experienced cycling...

Latest Features

The Clines family get ready to board a train
Family cyclists face hurdles when travelling by train, but with preparation and patience it’s feasible to take young children, bikes, trailers, seats...
Josie Dew's family
The North Sea Cycle Route with noisy offspring: that was Cycling UK Vice President Josie Dew’s back-of-an-envelope plan for the summer holidays
Toddler riding a balance bike
Encouraging a toddler to regularly ride a balance bike is the best way to get them to love cycling. CTC's tiny testers have been riding and...
Keeping to traffic-free routes made for relaxed, social riding
Bikepacking is just for macho blokes? Wrong. Cass Gilbert’s photos from a family trip in Ecuador tell a different story.
Singing, telling stories, and making faces on the journey south
Suddenly a widower, CTC member Simon Smith took his daughters on the family tour they had planned before their world fell apart. This is their...
Neil Hammond in France
Neil, Amy and Alice Hammond took a series of trains from Inverness to the Massif Central in France, then headed south on a Pino tandem and a Dawes...
Trying out a cargo bike
Two years ago, Suzanne Forup, Cycling UK ’s Assistant Head of Development, wrote about the challenges of getting ‘back on her bike’ with her son, a...
Girl riding a trike
Getting out and being active was a challenge for the Henstone family. All six children have disabilities, so finding something that is suitable isn...
Children cycling to school
Is your child's school trying to ban or discourage cycling? Here's a guide designed to help tackle the sort of barriers that keep cropping...
 
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