Get to Work cycle project

Get to Work cycle scheme provides the unemployed with subsidised annual subscriptions to the Santander Cycles MK bike hire plus other cycling related training opportunities

The Get to Work scheme will run from August 2016 until March 2017 to provide access to work for the unemployed through affordable cycle hire, as well as offering a variety of free cycling based qualifications and basic cycle skills training.

Please note: Free cycle hire subscriptions and other training places are only available to registered unemployed. Other training places and qualifications are available to the general public via MKC. Contact the Cycling Team for more info.

Get cycling - One Year Bike Hire

If you are unemployed you may be eligible for a free one year subscription to the Santander Cycles MK hire scheme. The £60 cost of the subscription is paid for by Milton Keynes Council, Nextbike and Job Centre Plus. An annual subscription to the scheme means that the first 30 minutes of any hire is free, and every additional 30 minutes costs just 50p. (Up to 5 hours.) Bikes can be used to get to interviews, new jobs, training or even a ride for fun and fitness.

For more information visit your local Neighbourhood Employment Programme Job Club or speak to your Work Coach at your local Job Centre.

Get confident - free cycle training

Can't ride a bike or need to brush up on your basic cycling skills? We have free cycle training places available for all levels of riders or non-riders to help build confidence and get back on a bike. There are also a number of confidence building cycle rides to join at venues across the city.

There's more information about types of training available and booking details on our Adult Cycle Training web page.

Get qualified - Cytech (CT1) bicycle maintenance courses

Fancy yourself as a cycle mechanic? The Cytech 1(CT1) course provides you with a nationally recognised cycle mechanic qualification and will help you on your way to finding a job in the cycling industry. Courses will provide full training and assessment. For more information about the Cytech courses visit the official Cytech training website

Training will take place at a workshop in Milton Keynes and last 3 full days, 9am to 4.30pm. There are six confirmed course dates as follows: 5th to 7th October; 2nd to 4th November; 30th November to 2nd December; 4th to 6th January, 1st to 3rd February and 1st to 3rd March.

If you are eligible and would like to book on to one of these courses, please email stating your preferred dates. N.B. Places are very limited, please contact us asap to confirm your place

Get training - training places to gain Bikeability Instructor or Ride Leader qualifications

Bikeability Instructors teach the three levels of Bikeability (the new cycling proficiency) to adults and children on structured courses. MKC employs a number of qualified Bikeability Instructors to teach Bikeability to over 1,400 children in schools each year and is running a range of family and adult training courses at evenings and weekends which will expand next year. More information about Bikeability is available on the official website.

A Bikeability Instructor training course will taking place in Milton Keynes in late February 2017. Places are very limited so please contact us asap to register your interest.

The Ride Leader qualification allows people to safely lead people on guided rides to encourage them to cycle more. Ride Leaders are usually outgoing, enthusiastic people who like riding, getting out and about and interacting with others. MKC currently organise up to 10 guided cycle rides per week employing locally based, part-time Ride Leaders; our ride programme will increase to over 10 rides per week in 2017.

British Cycling Ride Leadership Award Level 1 training courses are taking place on Saturday 26th November and Saturday 28th January 2017. Places are limited so please book early.

Get involved - how to sign up to free training and courses

Milton Keynes Council is offering a limited number of training places to each of the above courses until March 2017. If you are unemployed and would like to know more about any of the opportunities available, please contact the MKC Cycling Team by email or by phone 01908 254728

To find out more about cycling activities and events, rides and training for everyone in MK, visit our Cycle Rides and Events page.

The Get to Work cycle project is part of the council’s ‘Get smarter travel in MK’ campaign, funded by the Department for Transport’s Sustainable Travel Transition Year Fund until March 2017. Get to Work is also supported by Nextbike, the Department for Work and Pensions, Job Centre and the MKC Neighbourhood Employment Programme and Regeneration Team.

Last Updated: 27 February 2020