Our work in the community – March 2022

Upcoming events and activities

Active Travel

  • Cycle lessons and family cycling sessions continue are running every Saturday. Please book in via our website.
  • We’re doing 3 film screenings on Thursday evenings in April, to celebrate New York Bicycle Film Festival (Virtual). The first is happening at the West hub on Thursday 7th April and is a screening of Tugende.
  • If you’re interested in commuting to your workplace or school but are not sure where to start, loan a bike from us!
  • Dropping kids to school? Running a business? Need to deliver something? Why not try an eCargo bike! Contact activetravel@bikeforgood.org.uk for more information on either
  • Our professional driver courses have been flourishing & we’ve supported over 160 professional drivers in cycling awareness since August. Please contact gail@bikeforgood.org.uk for further information.

Civic House

  • Cycle Saturdays – bike rides and cycling lessons 10am – 4pm from Civic House Guided bike rides take place at 2pm and we are also open for
  • Inquiries and free safety checks take place on Fridays from 3.30pm-5.30pm. We can help you with free oil, air, and drop-in DIY maintenance.
  • LGBTQ+ Fix Your Own Bike will be happening again on 20th April (this time outside in Civic Yard).
  • Fix Your Own Bike for everyone happens on the second Wednesday of the month
  • Fix Your Own Bike for Women and Nonbinary people (previously called Spokes not Blokes) happens on the last Wednesday of the month. Both run from 6pm-8pm and can be booked here
  • Dr Bikes will be delivered locally soon. Keep a lookout on our socials.

Past months activities

Skills & Development

The skills and development team continues to build a great and engaging program.

  • The recent conclusion of the first Women and Non-binary people mechanic traineeship program in Scotland has been a wonderful success and a big step towards diversifying cycling both professionally and culturally. All 6 trainees are now Level 2 City & Guild qualified and ready to enter the world of professional bike mechanics.
  • We would like to offer a warm welcome to Kasia our new volunteer coordinator.
  • The Govanhill Gears youth project is going well and the BMX program is ever popular.
  • Build Your Own Bike has seen a number of new participants from diverse backgrounds, it’s been great to see them acquire both skills and confidence through the program.
  • The New Scots program continues to grow, welcoming participants to the cycling community in Glasgow.

Bike Subscriptions

  • The team have reached 163 families since October and provided them with free kids bikes.
  • Bikeability classes have been progressing well and we have 4 classes are graduating across schools this week.
  • After school clubs have started at Cuthbertson and Shawlands, with the aim of teaching young people to cycle, plan rides with friends and learn more about bike mechanical skills.

Health and Wellbeing

  • Group rides have kicked off again; most people are really enjoying getting back out and about after Covid. We’re working with Shettleston Housing Association, Glasgow Afghan United, Leverndale Hospital and The Pyramid. All of the groups are progressing well and developing their abilities with the intention of being able to lead their own groups in the future, in turn making the activity sustainable and community-led.
  • We have also just supplied a few of our community partners with their own fleets of bikes so that they can run their own cycling groups. We have put some of their service users through ride leader training so that they have the skills and knowledge to deliver safe group rides using their new fleets of bikes.
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