February Community Work Round-Up
Our community outreach team are back! Delivery work was on pause in January whilst we had two weeks of development days, but delivery is now back on track for 2020. Find out what they have been up to…
The Bike Academy
- Hyndland Secondary School have finished City and Guilds Level One qualification with us. They are super keen and have been even cycling into school in rubbish weather! Two of the lads have even started work experience with us on a Thursday afternoon.
- Johnstone High School Group is settling into a new workshop space, equipped with new equipment that we sourced for them.
- John Paul Academy have received BMX training sessions from Bike for Good and Scottish Cycling, as a reward for being good students and finishing off their City & Guilds accreditation this term.
- Youth FYOB is back on and proving extremely popular in 2020. In our South Hub sessions on a Tuesday, youngster Finn has been slowly been restoring his mums old Raleigh road bike and rode away on it last week with a huge grin on his face that he couldn’t hide! In the West Hub, we had a record nine young people coming along last week – the word is spreading!
- Delivered our first maintenance class of the year, with many new people visiting Bike for Good for the first time and being surprised with how big the space is and the fact we are a charity doing loads for the community!
- Completed our first public City & Guilds Level 1 course of 2020, with six participants taking up a challenge to pass all the assessments and become accredited. After great participant feedback, we look forward to running more courses in the near future.
- The weekly women’s only beginner sessions have started up again on a Tuesday morning, with longer rides planned for the Spring.
- Over at Mount Vernon Community Hall we have started rides with a wonderful enthusiastic bunch. We took one of our electric cargo bikes over for the group to try out, which was incredibly popular. There was lots of chat about using the E-cargo bike for weekly shops, taking kids to school and a general excitement about less car use. We are assisting the community to create its own cycle hub which includes training up participants to be confident ride leaders and getting their own fleet of bikes (including a cargo bike!).
- Continued collaboration with Olga and Stefano, Glasgow Colleges’ cycling officers, who have been vital in setting up new Learn to Ride groups with ESOL students. At the City of Glasgow College we have started a new group, (so far we have 22 people signed up to learn to cycle), we have been delivering presentations and sign-up sessions at Clydeside college and restarted the Springburn ESOL group who are making amazing progress and are fast progressing into intermediate cyclists territory!
- We have started collaborating with Job centres across Glasgow to promote our Bikes For All programme offering affordable nextbike memberships to all. This will be a big part of our work next year as we’ve secured funding from Paths for All and Glasgow City Council to continue the programme.
South Community Hub
- Lorna attended a Scottish Government event on Climate Change Plan Update 2020, meeting with lots of community organisers from across Scotland to discuss the update.
- We also attended a Govanhill Communication and Engagement Strategy meeting, as we are one of the many voices in Govanhill striving to develop this community.
- Taught 5 women to ride on our learn to ride sessions.
- Took 13 kids out for cycling as part of our weekly Kid’s Club.
- Guided 10 people to fix bikes at Spokes not Blokes, our mechanical skills class for women and non-binary people.
- Helped 9 people to fix their own bikes at Fix Your Own Bike.
- Loaned out plenty of bikes, even with the cold weather, around 12 bikes this month to curious commuters!
- Serviced lots of commuter bicycles at a free Dr Bike on SEC walkway.
- Completed two windy and snowy learn to ride sessions with St. Josephs primary, who battled on like little troopers despite having chilly fingers!
- Held two VeloSkills classes, one focused on brakes and one focused on gears.
- Helped out at the Yokecoco Community Consultation regarding the Finnieston cycling village and street improvement by promoting the consultation and running a Dr Bike for all the attendees at the Kelvingrove tennis pavilion.
- Delivered a maintenance class with CTC Glasgow group to improve their on-road repair skills.
- Taught lots of HGV drivers from Galt Transport how to share the road with cyclists and develop their cycle skills with our PCAT course.
We will be posting a round-up each month of what we have achieved, so stay tuned.