Our Health and Wellbeing team focus on cycling for physical and mental health improvement, and deliver programmes in partnership with community providers.
What is this programme?
Our Award-winning Health and Wellbeing team create 8-10 week courses, in direct partnership with community health or social care providers. The courses are a gentle progressive programme into cycling, and are tailored to each group’s needs and abilities. Most of our Health and Wellbeing users have never cycled before, or haven’t cycled for years. We deliver basic courses to support users to build up their confidence, to then progress on to road skills and cycling further distances.
More than that, we want to make cycling a sustainable option for the people who take part in our programmes. We provide training for the community provider staff and volunteers to become cycle leaders. This way, after the 8-10 week block is over, the group can be continued. We also provide guidance on accessing additional funds to buy bikes for the group, as we recognise that people may not have access to their own bike following the end of the group.
We also offer 1-2-1 cycle confidence lessons for anyone who has a physical or mental health condition.
Additionally, the Health and Wellbeing team are proud to be offering a ground-breaking socially inclusive project called Bikes For All – discounted hire to city-wide bike hire scheme for low-income individuals. Please click here to learn more about Bikes For All.
Who can benefit?
People in Glasgow who are suffering long-term physical or mental health conditions. We support people to cycling as a tool to manage their conditions, and to gain confidence, enjoyment, and transport options from riding a bike.
Bikes For All is for those on a low income who would benefit from free access to a bike.
“The group rides I go on have given me a chance to meet new people,get out and about and I feel so much better for it. It gets me up and going on the days we cycle.”
– Health and Wellbeing participant
Why is it necessary?
Cycling as a means of transport is one of the easiest ways to fit exercise into a daily routine, with proven physical and mental health benefits. We aim to combat loneliness and low confidence, and empower users with an affordable way of travelling around Glasgow.
We have designed this project for it to be sustainable, by providing training and guidance to funds. This is because over 75% of our users wouldn’t have access to a bike otherwise.
When do activities take place?
Course dates are agreed between the community provider and the team here at Bike For Good. We ask that you reach out to us if you are interested, and we can tailor a programme specifically for your community group.
Weekly on a Thursday we run:
- A 10am free learn to ride session for women and non-binary people – book here
- An 11:30am gentle confidence-building bike ride for women and non-binary people – book here
Bikes for All sign-ups now take place every Wednesday afternoon from 1-5pm outside in the West Community Hub car park. You can drop in any time to get a free nextbike membership.
Where does this programme serve?
We deliver our Health and Wellbeing programme out in communities in Glasgow. We take our skilled and friendly cycle trainers, bikes, helmets, and gear to the location of the group to make it as easy as possible for you to access our support.
How can you get involved?
If you are a community health or social care provider and would like to access our Health and Wellbeing services for your users, please contact our Health and Wellbeing team via email.
The activities provided by our Health and Wellbeing team are made possible thanks to funding from Smarter Choices Smarter Places via the Glasgow City Council Local Authority Fund.