Community Outreach Update: February 2021

A person wearing a hi vis jacket and face mask is stood in front of a cargo bike. Behind them is a large building with a large sign that reads bike for good..

Ahh, February. Love is in the air, the snow is relentless, the hardy cyclist rides on, and the Bike for Good is full-steam ahead across every team. Speaking of teams, read more below about what our Community Outreach team has been up to this month:

skills and development team:

  • Online maintenance classes for womxn & non-binary people are a continuing success – Spokes not Blokes this February had a record 26 participants! The next class on 16th March 6-7:30pm will be going through a full puncture repair together, find out more about how to join here.
  • The team continue to offer Build Your Own Bike projects, newly formatted to include online learning.
  • Plans are afoot for a cycle ride tour of Glasgow’s queer history as part of the LEAP LGBT Festival fortnight in June.
  • Discussions are taking place for an exciting partnership with The Adventure Syndicate – watch this space! The Adventure Syndicate are also looking for Regional Coordinators, particularly women from backgrounds currently underrepresented in the cycling world. You can apply here.

health and wellbeing team:

  • The team have been busy delivering regular food bank packages for Queens Cross Housing Association, even in the wild weather! We’d like to share a big thank you to our wonderful volunteers who support the team in making delivering this service possible.
  • Bikes For All is once again busy with 34 new accounts generated since the beginning of 2021. The online sign up service helps those experiencing issues with their accounts and by working directly with nextbike the team are able to get people quickly back to cycling.
  • The team have been setting up new cycling groups that are ready to start when restrictions allow. So far, they have partnered with Queens Cross Housing Association, Arc, Homestart, NG homes, Govan Housing Association and Glasgow City Mission. They will be delivering ride taster sessions and bespoke 10 week blocks of led rides which focus on cycling legacy by supporting community groups to become cycling hubs.
  • They have also recruited another team member for an exciting new project pilot, which will launch publicly in the next few months!

active travel team:

  • The team continue to offer 1 to 1 cycle training for key workers, helping those currently commuting to travel by bike. This month they provided 2 ‘Bike Buddy’ sessions to help key workers plan safe cycle routes to work, including initially cycling alongside them. They also provided 15 cycle training sessions, helping commuters to build confidence when out on the road. Key workers can sign up for cycle confidence sessions here.
  • The eCargo Bike Library scheme for key businesses continues to grow and most recently includes a bike loan to North Glasgow Community Food Initiative to help with their food parcel deliveries. If you and your business are interested in the eCargo Bike loan scheme, email activetravel@bikeforgood.org.uk for more information.
  • The Bike for Good film club have enjoyed weekly film screenings, highlighting important discussions around sustainability and climate change. Keep an eye out for future film club events!
  • Resident experts Karolis and Claudio presented a successful Q&A on route planning for city cycling.
  • The next Climate Action Group meeting will be on Wednesday 17th March. The group is open to anyone with a passion for tackling climate change and supporting their local community. It’s a great opportunity for everyone to network and contribute directly towards creating projects within Bike for Good. Join the Climate Action group here, or alternatively you can email lorna@bikeforgood.org.uk.
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