Cycle lessons are starting back this weekend (5th Feb) and they are happening at all three sites, West, South, and Civic House. Book here
Cycle Saturdays at Civic Street: lessons start again this Saturday 5th February. You can book ahead on the Bike for Good website or drop in on Saturday morning from 10am (lessons start every hour until 1pm, with a women and nonbinary lesson at 11am). We can’t wait to continue supporting all the new cyclists at Civic Street! Our regular led rides are also back on Saturday afternoons at 2pm every Saturday, from 5th February.
For the first Saturday of the month, our led rides will be 8 miles or more for those who want to build up their road confidence and start travelling further. This month we’ll be cycling to Freewheel North and Riverside museum, via Bike for Good West and Kelvingrove park, ending at Civic House for some hot drinks. You can book on our website or just drop in, and we’ll lend you a bike.
Free Bike Checks: if you live locally you can give your bike some love by coming to find us outside Dundasvale court and Cowcaddens subway from 10am-1.30pm on 16th February, where we’ll be offering free Dr Bike checks.
If you’re interested in commuting to work but don’t know where to start, email Activetravel@bikeforgood.org.uk we can give you everything you need to start your cycling adventure! Each bike comes with a helmet, lock, lights, and a pannier bag.
If you work for an organisation and are interested in getting others from your workplace cycling, why not arrange a free 2 hour Dr Bike taster session to check up those tired bikes from the shed after a cold wet winter period and get it Spring ready! Contact Activetravel@bikeforgood.org.uk
Skills and Development
Spokes not Blokes at the South kicks off this week. Su and Pippa are collaborating to run SNB’s this year and had their first session together at Civic House on Wednesday eve, it went really well and fun was had by all.
Health and Wellbeing
With the days getting longer and no snow on the horizon yet, delivery of our social prescribing for cycling program will begin again next week. We’ve already had lots of referrals from health professionals across the city and have a full calendar of delivery set up for the next few months. The success and popularity of this program are down to the fantastic work that Robin and Zain have been doing in delivering it. We’re looking forward to 2022 and helping more people improve their mental and physical wellbeing through cycling!
Previous events and activities
Our PCAT/SUD courses are back in full force with 2 courses having taken place and a number of other courses booked right up to the end of this year. The professional drivers really benefit from looking at the roads as a cyclist and all the feedback has been extremely positive
Skills and Development
This year we have started off at full pace with the launch of the Women and Non-binary mechanic traineeship which is going really well so far! Our 6 participants are enthusiastic and picking up skills fast.
The Govanhill Gears are having a good time, the regular skatepark trips have turned the young people into talented BMX riders, they have even started to build ramps at the South Hub. As the weather gets better a new skills session is planned for mountain bikes and bmx. All the recent action can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/663087843
New Scots is running smoothly, with rides and FYoB sessions as popular as ever.
Volunteers have been back in for only 2 weeks and are already in full swing. We are almost at capacity at the West and the volunteers are loving being back. They are all working away to their own schedules and abilities. Some are now mastering the ability to fully clean and prep a bike, some are just starting this journey and many are in between.
Health and Wellbeing
With two staff members down, the month of January has been spent recruiting. We’re pleased to announce that we have just offered the cycling practitioner role to Aileen Webster who will start in February. Welcome Aileen!
Along with recruitment, we have also been busy training some of our participants by putting them through a cycle ride leader course, they all passed! Undertaking this training has provided them with all the necessary skills and knowledge to go on to lead their own cycle groups within their local communities. Taking this approach allows us to leave a real legacy within the communities that we serve.