Community Outreach Update: March 2021

A group of children are stood in a city park, each wearing a green bicycle helmet. On the ground next to them are bikes.

Upcoming activity

Active Travel:

  • Active Travel are continuing 1:1 cycle lessons, as well as road confidence and route planning sessions for key workers. You can book cycle training in advance online, or email Active Travel for further information.
  • The team will soon be re-instating the much-missed group cycle lessons. Keep an eye on Bike for Good’s social media pages for the latest on rides and all other events.

Health & Wellbeing:

  • The team have been busy working on an exciting new project with the help of Rosie, a new Communications Assistant. The project is available to all cyclists in Glasgow and is due to launch very soon, so keep an eye out!
  • The team are looking forward to starting taster sessions, rides and hopefully in-person Nextbike signups again in April. Pippa has been busy scheduling with new community partners and mapping out session blocks for the upcoming months.
  • Health & Wellbeing will soon be starting their Social Prescribing project, in partnership with Community Link practitioners, connecting people with cycling opportunities to improve their mental and physical health. Watch this space!

Skills & Development:

  • Kids Club is back on at our South Hub! Skills & Development will soon be starting Build Your Own BMX with the young team.
  • The team starting a new volunteer programme welcoming New Scots to learn cycling and cycle mechanic skills! If you are a New Scot (asylum seeker, refugee, or migrant with NRPF) and are keen to learn about bikes, get in touch at skillsanddevelopment@bikeforgood.org.uk.

Previous activity

Active Travel:

  • Last month Active Travel continued rolling out bike loans and Bike Buddy sessions with key workers. Harriet P, a doctor at Stobhill Hospice had this to say:

    “I’m a relatively confident cyclist, but I was unsure where to start with planning a safe but efficient route. I use the Bike Buddy Service to map out a safe commuting route and someone tested it with me. After the support and encouragement I’ve received, I’m now able to commute 8 miles to work and most of the route is off-road or on cycleways. This has been really helpful!”A person cycles underneath a bridge, wearing an orange helmet and blue jacket.

  • The team enjoyed another collaborative film screening with the Woodlands Trust and Adventure Syndicate, showing ‘Riding Through the Dark’ and ‘Should’, two empowering films about women on bikes!
  • The eCargo Bike Library has been hugely successful in supporting the North Glasgow Food Growing Initiative. NGFCI loaned our biggest bike for a month to pick up food donations from local businesses and residents and deliver fresh food parcels to nurseries and people in need.

A cargo bike sits on the roadside, on the side it has printed 'food initiative'. Behind the cargo bike is a man cutting a large hedge in front of a house.

Health & Wellbeing:

  • Tilly has been busy with bi-weekly food deliveries with Queens Cross Housing Association, using eCargo bikes to deliver frozen meals to those shielding or in need. She has also delivered bus passes and sim cards to people in the asylum system through Positive Action in Housing.
  • The team continued to deliver Bikes for All, including Nextbike signs up, renewals and account issues, all remotely by phone. The team are currently receiving around 30 sign ups per month, with demand ever-growing…
  • The team created a Volunteer Training Plan to assist with training volunteers in all aspects of the Health & Wellbeing activities.
  • The team have been busy writing funding reports, tidying up accounts before the end of the financial year and collecting case studies. They used this as an opportunity to reflect on what a difficult yet innovative financial year it’s been for the team and how they’ve been able to give back to the community throughout.

Skills & Development:

  • Skills & Development delivered two very successful puncture repair lessons online for womxn & non-binary people, with six people even changing their first tubes live on stream!
  • The team delivered two courses in bike mechanics for 16 young people who each received their own bike. See some of the happy participants with their new bikes below:

A young person stands holding a bike, smiling towards the camera. A young person stands holding a bike, smiling towards the camera. In the background there are two houses.Two people hold thumbs up towards the camera, they both wear face masks. The person on the left is holding a bike and wears a helmet.A person holds a bike and wears a helmet whilst smiling towards the camera. They are outside and snow is on the ground and hills behind them.

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