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Free cycling workshops

The City of Gold Coast is offering a series of free workshops to increase your confidence and help you enjoy the many benefits that cycling provides.

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Free cycling workshops

We are offering a series of free workshops to help you enjoy the many benefits that cycling provides. We have cycle workshops for every age and ability, from children and adults riding for the first time to advanced cyclists and those who simply want to enjoy an easy Sunday social ride. 

All workshops are facilitated by some of the most experienced cyclists in Australia and are all Cycling Australia accredited instructors. They will cover cyclist rights and responsibilities, interaction with other road users, visibility and shared road use.

Workshop booking information

Grab your friends, family or workmates and hop on your bike. All the cycling workshops are free. Bookings are required. Email activetravel@goldcoast.qld.gov.au with your details and which session you would like to attend, or phone our Active Travel team on 07 5582 8677. Bookings to be made weekdays between 8am and 4.30pm. The exact location of the workshop is provided upon booking.

Absolute beginners on bikes

This beginner’s workshop is designed for adults aged 18 years and over who have never ridden a bike before. With no more than three people to a workshop, we guarantee you'll be riding in no time.

Young man and woman on bikes
Date Time Suburb
Saturday 28 July 2018 9.30am - 11am Broadbeach / Broadbeach Waters
Saturday 25 August 2018 9.30am - 11am Miami
Saturday 15 September 2018 9.30am - 11am Coomera
Saturday 29 September 2018 9.30am - 11am Runaway Bay
Saturday 27 October 2018 9.30am - 11am Palm Beach
Saturday 24 November 2018 9.30am - 11am Mudgeeraba
Saturday 19 January 2019 9.30am - 11am Nerang
Saturday 23 February 2019 9.30am - 11am Southport
Saturday 23 March 2019 9.30am - 11am Miami
Saturday 6 April 2019 9.30am - 11am Broadbeach / Broadbeach Waters
Saturday 27 April 2019 9.30am - 11am Nerang
Saturday 25 May 2019 9.30am - 11am Coomera
Saturday 29 June 2019 9.30am - 11am Palm Beach

Exact location is provided upon booking. To book email activetravel@goldcoast.qld.gov.au or phone 07 5582 8677 weekdays between 8am and 4.30pm.


Better bike maintenance

Keep your bike safe and in shape. Learn valuable tips and be shown how to clean your bike, repair punctures, adjust your brakes and maintain the chain. Designed for all ages, including family groups. Children are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Family riding their bikes with Surfers Paradise beach in the background
Date Time Suburb
Saturday 7 July 2018 11.30am - 1pm Runaway Bay
Saturday 11 August 2018 11.30am - 1pm Oxenford
Saturday 1 September 2018 11am - 12.30pm Ashmore
Saturday 22 September 2018 11am - 12.30pm Coolangatta
Saturday 20 October 2018 11am - 12.30pm Pimpama
Saturday 10 November 2018 11am - 12.30pm Elanora
Saturday 12 January 2019 11am - 12.30pm Varsity Lakes
Saturday 9 February 2019 11am - 12.30pm Nerang
Saturday 9 March 2019 11am - 12.30pm Coomera
Saturday 27 April 2019 11am - 12.30pm Burleigh / Burleigh Waters
Saturday 18 May 2019 11.30am - 1pm Biggera Waters
Saturday 8 June 2019 11.30am - 1pm Broadbeach Waters

Exact location is provided upon booking. To book email activetravel@goldcoast.qld.gov.au or phone 07 5582 8677 weekdays between 8am and 4.30pm.


Sunday social rides

Women at a coffee shop with a bicycle in the foreground

Join us and explore our great cycle network on this easy Sunday social ride. We’ll cruise along off-road cycle paths and quiet roads. Designed for all ages, including family groups. Children are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Sunday social rides times, dates and meeting places can be found on the Sunday social rides page.

Exact location is provided upon booking. To book email activetravel@goldcoast.qld.gov.au or phone 07 5582 8677 weekdays between 8am and 4.30pm.


Commuter cycle training

Learn to ride the roads confidently, safely and become a better cyclist. This workshop is designed for intermediate cyclists aged 15 years old and over.

Group of men cycling
Date Time Suburb
Saturday 7 July 2018 9.30am - 11.30am Runaway Bay
Saturday 11 August 2018 9.30am - 11.30am Oxenford
Saturday 1 September 2018 9am - 11am Ashmore
Saturday 22 September 2018 9am - 11am Coolangatta
Saturday 20 October 2018 9am - 11am Pimpama
Saturday 10 November 2018 9am - 11am Elanora
Saturday 12 January 2019 9am - 11am Varsity Lakes
Saturday 9 February 2019 9am - 11am Nerang
Saturday 9 March 2019 9am - 11am Coomera
Saturday 27 April 2019 9am - 11am Burleigh / Burleigh Waters
Saturday 18 May 2019 9.30am - 11.30am Biggera Waters
Saturday 8 June 2019 9.30am - 11.30am Broadbeach Waters

Exact location is provided upon booking. To book email activetravel@goldcoast.qld.gov.au or phone 07 5582 8677 weekdays between 8am and 4.30pm.

Training wheels to two wheels course

This workshop teaches children aged four years and over how to advance from training wheels to two wheels. Children must bring their own two-wheeled bike (with or without training wheels), helmet and be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Young gboy learning to ride a bike with training wheels
Date Time Suburb
Tuesday 10 July 2018 9.30am - 10.30am Runaway Bay
Wednesday 11 July 2018 9.30am - 10.30am Varsity Lakes
Thursday 12 July 2018 9.30am - 10.30am Palm Beach
Sunday 29 July 2018 9.30am - 10.30am Miami
Sunday 29 July 2018 10.30am - 11.30am Miami
Saturday 18 August 2018 2pm - 3pm Coomera
Tuesday 25 September 2018 8.30am - 9.30am Mudgeeraba
Tuesday 25 September 2018 9.30am - 10.30am Mudgeeraba
Wednesday 26 September 2018 9.30am - 10.30am Broadbeach / Broadbeach Waters
Thursday 27 September 2018 9.30am - 10.30am Ashmore
Friday 28 September 2018 9.30am - 10.30am Runaway Bay
Wednesday 3 October 2018 9.30am - 10.30am Palm Beach
Thursday 4 October 2018 9.30am - 10.30am Nerang
Saturday 10 November 2018 2pm - 3pm Broadbeach / Broadbeach Waters
Tuesday 18 December 2018 9.30am - 10.30am Palm Beach
Wednesday 19 December 2018 9.30am - 10.30am Miami
Tuesday 15 January 2019 8.30am - 9.30am Nerang
Wednesday 16 January 2019 10am - 11am Ashmore
Saturday 16 February 2019 2.30pm - 3.30pm Varsity Lakes
Saturday 16 March 2019 9.30am - 10.30am Broadbeach / Broadbeach Waters
Tuesday 9 April 2019 9.30am - 10.30am Palm Beach
Wednesday 10 April 2019 9.30am - 10.30am Runaway Bay
Sunday 28 April 2019 9.30am - 10.30am Mudgeeraba
Saturday 18 May 2019 9.30am - 10.30am Ashmore
Saturday 26 May 2019 9.30am - 10.30am Coomera
Saturday 15 June 2019 10am - 11am Palm Beach

Exact location is provided upon booking. To book email activetravel@goldcoast.qld.gov.au or phone 07 5582 8677 weekdays between 8am and 4.30pm.


Children's beginner cycling course

Following on from training wheels to two wheels, this course teaches children basic bike control skills to ride confidently in a traffic-free environment. Children must be four years and over and be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Two young girls learning to ride
Date Time Suburb
Tuesday 10 July 2018 10.30am - 11.30am Runaway Bay
Thursday 12 July 2018 10.30am - 11.30am Palm Beach
Saturday 11 August 2019 2pm - 3pm Nerang
Saturday 18 August 2018 3pm - 4pm Coomera
Tuesday 25 September 2018 10.30am - 11.30am Mudgeeraba
Wednesday 26 September 2018 10.30am - 11.30am Broadbeach Waters
Friday 28 September 2018 10.30am - 11.30am Runaway Bay
Saturday 13 October 2018 10.00am - 11.00am Varsity Lakes
Saturday 10 November 2018 3pm - 4pm Broadbeach / Broadbeach Waters
Saturday 24 November 2018 9.30am - 10.30am Runaway Bay
Wednesday 19 December 2018 10.30am - 11.30am Miami
Tuesday 15 January 2019 9.30am - 10.30am Nerang
Wednesday 16 January 2019 8.30am - 9.30am Coomera
Saturday 16 March 2019 10.30am - 11.30am Broadbeach / Broadbeach Waters
Tuesday 9 April 2019 10.30am - 11.30am Palm Beach
Saturday 18 May 2019 10.30am - 11.30am Ashmore

Exact location is provided upon booking. To book email activetravel@goldcoast.qld.gov.au or phone 07 5582 8677 weekdays between 8am and 4.30pm.


Children's intermediate cycling course

This course is designed for children aged six years and over and will teach bike handling skills and road awareness to enable them to ride safely in low traffic environments, on footpaths, bike paths and quiet streets. Children are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Young boy with riding gear on
Date Time Suburb
Wednesday 11 July 2018 10.30am - 11.30am Varsity Lakes
Saturday 11 August 2018 3pm - 4pm Nerang
Thursday 27 September 2018 10.30am - 11.30am Ashmore
Wednesday 3 October 2018 10.30am - 11.30am Palm Beach
Thursday 4 October 2018 10.30am - 11.30am Nerang
Saturday 13 October 2018 11.00am - 12pm Varsity Lakes
Saturday 24 November 2018 10.30am - 11.30am Runaway Bay
Tuesday 18 December 2018 10.30am - 11.30am Palm Beach
Wednesday 16 January 2019 9.30am - 10.30am Coomera
Saturday 16 February 2019 3.30pm - 4.30pm Varsity Lakes
Wednesday 10 April 2019 10.30am - 11.30am Runaway Bay
Sunday 28 April 2019 10.30am - 11.30am Mudgeeraba
Sunday 26 May 2019 10.30am - 11.30am Coomera
Saturday 15 June 2019 11am - 12pm Palm Beach

Exact location is provided upon booking. To book email activetravel@goldcoast.qld.gov.au or phone 07 5582 8677 weekdays between 8am and 4.30pm.


All workshops are facilitated by some of the most experienced cyclists in Australia and are all Cycling Australia accredited instructors. These are some of our experienced instructors:

Jenny Alcorn

Jenny Alcorn is a former professional triathlete winning gold in the 1992 World Duathlon Championships. Jenny has 30 years’ experience in the sport and has been coaching for the past 20 years at all levels of the sport.

Her passion is to develop the love of cycling within the wider community by increasing skill, technique and confidence.

Sara Carrigan

Sara Carrigan is an Olympic gold medallist in cycling and has been inducted into the Sporting Hall of Fame.

With 20 years' cycling experience, Sara aims to help individuals enjoy their cycling and all the benefits that come with it, without compromising safety to themselves or others on the road.

Chris Thompson

Chris Thompson is a former State Champion road cyclist who has been coaching and instructing cyclists of all abilities for the past 16 years. He conducts programs, sessions and workshops for kids and adults from beginners through to elite riders.

Chris is passionate about promoting the enjoyment of cycling attained through developing skills and confidence on the bike.

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