Community Outreach Update: July 2021

Upcoming activity

skills and development:

Active Travel:

  • The team will be hosting a family led ride in Springburn park in partnership with the Pitstops Project on Monday 5th July! Contact Greg from the Pitstops Project to join the ride.
  • Cycling lessons have been really busy and the team are nearly fully booked until the end of July! There’s still some available slots at our West Hub for adult cycling lessons and at both Hubs for children’s group lessons. Book a cycling lesson slot for July.
  • The team will soon be assisting training company Fleetsource in delivering practical cycle training.

Health & Wellbeing:

  • The women & non-binary rides are busy and everyone is learning really fast! There’s a few slots left for rides and lessons this month, taking place on Thursday mornings at both our West and South Hubs. Book a women & non-binary lesson or ride.
  • The team are continuing to deliver group courses to community organisations with 2 sessions running most days! The new Phoenix Futures group are learning all the skills they need to train as ride leaders so they can deliver sessions independently and the Homestart and NG Homes groups are growing in confidence every week. If your organisation would like to deliver group taster courses, get in touch with Pippa, the Health & Wellbeing Coordinator.

Previous activity

Skills & Development:

  • The team have employed three new excellent team members! Marketa and Alexis are delivering the New Scots programme and Will is organising Govanhill Gears for young people at our South Hub.
  • The team delivered some great events for the LEAP Festival Fortnight encouraging LGBTQ+ participation in sport, including a Gears for Queers maintenance class and Queer Bike Tour of Glasgow where they cycled to places of cultural and historical significance for the LGBTQI+ community listening to audio clips along the way. The stops included Category is Books, Glasgow Autonomous Space, Pride House, LGBT Youth Scotland, Merchant City’s gay area, the Women’s Library and the Emirates Velodrome! Finally, they received a talk by Phillipa York on her experience as a professional cyclist and woman with a trans-medical history.
  • Build Your Own Bike is back! After not delivering any courses since November due to the lockdown, the team have had a successful course with 5 participants very happy with their customised bikes. The team are excited to see the courses shape up to be a great programme as there’s been very positive responses with lots of referrals so far!
  • The team have also been able to recruit volunteers for the first time since March 2020! They’ve been working hard on organising an online system to ensure that there will be a steady stream of new volunteers by the end of July.


A group of people work on bikes inside of a warehouse.

Build Your Own Bike participants working away on their bikes.


Two people are stood next to a bike, one of them is fixing a wheel whilst the other holds it in place.

Build Your Own Bike Coordinator Filip helps a participant adjust their wheel.


A group of people stand with bikes all wearing helmets outside of a building with a large sign reading bike for good

The happy Build Your Own Bike participants with their completed bikes!


Two people stand with bikes smiling towards the camera, they are both wearing rainbow coloured t-shirts and cycling caps. Behind them is a wall covered with old wheels and a large sign that reads bike for good.

Robin and Hannah on their way to delivering the Queer Bike Tour of Glasgow.


A group of people stand with bikes looking towards someone in a rainbow coloured t-shirt outside of a shop that has trans lives are beautiful written on the window.

Queer Bike Tour participants outside of LGBTQI+ bookshop Category is Books.


A group of people stand smiling towards the camera holding their bikes.

The happy Queer Bike Tour participants!

Active Travel:

  • The team have been supporting some excellent new cyclists through cycling lessons. Gladys was a complete beginner and is now almost ready for road lessons after just a couple of beginning sessions!
  • Gail, one of our Active Travel Coordinators, delivered the first family bike buddy session to Gill and her two sons teaching them how to commute safely together!
A person sits on a bike and smiles towards the camera

Gladys learning to ride during a cycle lesson!


Health & Wellbeing:

  • The team have been exploring Pollok Park with NHS Esteem and saw two Highland calves and relaxed by the river!
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