Cake Confidence

Start cycling with cake confidence!

What is Cake Confidence?

Cake Confidence is a free, friendly, and fun four-week programme to support you into the wonderful world of cycling – over cake where we can!
The 3 Cake Confidence Steps are:
Step 1:
Start Saturday Session – meeting us, agreeing a personalised ‘Cycling Plan’, borrowing a bike if needed and initial cycle training. This takes place at Cycle Heaven in Fulford on/ around the First Saturday of the month, with cake available from Cycle Heaven’s cafe 🙂
Step 2:
Four Week Cycling Plan – four weeks of cycling support activities, tailored to your cycling goal, whatever that may be! Activities can include personal practice, 1: 1 buddying, joining an easy social ride, or more cycle training.
Step 3:
Review – we’ll celebrate your progress and either book you onto next month, signpost you to other support, or welcome you as an independent cyclist!
We will be following the current Covid-19 precautions from the government at all Cake Confidence activities. We trust that you will do the same.
Places are next available on the March programme starting on or around Saturday 6 March 2021. Please enquire by emailing
We welcome enquiries from anyone with health concerns and have put in place flexible support to cater for a diversity of needs. We are delighted to be working with health support and referral organisations across the city, including York Against Cancer, Ways to Wellbeing, NHS Mental Health support teams, Local Area Coordination and Community Health champions.

Does Cake Confidence work?

Yes! We have worked with over 400 ‘cake confidencers’ over the last 3 years. In a 2019 survey, 92% said they started cycling or cycled more often after our support. Have a read of some wonderful stories of journeys into cycling from former cake confidencers, Holly, Maureen, Rose and Brian, with more on our Stories pages.

What sort of bike can I borrow?

All our bikes are comfortable and easy to use, and have names! You can borrow one for the whole of the four-week Cake Confidence programme for free.
They include comfortable Ridgeback town and hybrid bikes, top of the range Gazelle Dutch bikes, and, excitingly, high quality electric bikes. All bikes come with locks and panniers. We ask that you sign a bike hire agreement and pay a £20 returnable deposit.

And finally, a thank you!

Thank you to Cycle Heaven and one of their suppliers, Madison, for the donation of 8 bikes and to Sport England, for funding until March 2021.
We rely on donations and grants to fund our work towards a healthy, green and kind York. You can donate at

Cake Confidence 2020 is an original York Bike Belles project, all rights reserved.