Youth

Young bike mechanics at one of our term time open access sessions

Life Cycle’s youth project, funded by BBC Children in Need, aims to inspire and engage young people to keep fit, active and healthy through cycling.  We provide fun, constructive cycling activites for young people aged between 8 -15.

Where you can find us:

In 2014 you will find us at the following locations:

  • Lockleaze Adventure Playground  - Wednesday 4-6pm (Term time)
  • St Paul's Adventure Playground - Thursday 4-6pm (Term time)
  • Southmead Adventure Playground - Friday 4-6pm (Term time)

We will also be running varied and exciting holiday activity sessions at the same locations.

Check our 'Events' page nearer the time for more information on exactly what and when and where.

The kind of things we do:

We vary the activities we offer according to the interests, skills and needs of the young people.  Activities include some or all of the following:

Fixing bikes:

All our cycling youth workers are excellent mechanics and enjoy sharing their skills with young people during the weekly term time sessions.  They have helped to fix hundreds of punctures, adjusted  loads of brake blocks and oiled tons of chains.  For those young people who really enjoy fixing bikes we offer opportunities for them to learn more.  The young people learn new skills  and leave us with a safer and more roadworthy bike.

 

BMXing

All our venues are excellent locations for BMXing.  We have some bikes to loan out at most places and our instructors can teach how to do simple tricks.  During the holidays we often invite Matti Hemmings a professional Flatland BMX (ballet on a bike for those of you who don't know!) expert to come and do mini-shows and workshops.  Check our Events page for more information of when and where you can find him.

 

Street Trials

Another really popular event we run during holiday times is Street Trials.  Learn how to track stand....forever!  Or jump onto things......  Or hop off of things..... Or countless other things that really are cool! 

Bristol Bike Skills promotional video from Glasseye Creative on Vimeo.

 

Bike Rides

We love bikes and we really love going on bike rides.  Whenever we can we try and organise a ride in the local area (and sometimes the Forest of Dean).  We might organise a ride with a twist - we did a Wild Food ride last year and collected lots of goodies from the hedgerow to eat back at the youth centre.  Any bike ride is led by a National Standard Instructor  who will have risk assessed all routes in advance.  Through rides young people can explore Bristol beyond their own neighbourhood, gain the skills the knowledge & confidence to get around independently and get fit and healthy as well!

Mountain biking

Most mountain bike sessions take place in Ashton Court & Leigh Woods with occasional trips further afield e.g. Forest of Dean and are led by a qualified Mountain Bike Leader.  Mountain bike trips give young people a fantastic opportunity to try riding off-road where they can enjoy the woods and green space and learn skills needed to tackle the obstacles and ups and downs that off-road routes throw at them. 

Bike Polo

This is a new activity requested by young people.  These sessions have proved very popular, enabling young people to develop or test their cycling skills in a very different way, for instance - cycling one handed whilst swinging a mallet & scoring goals.....We plan to run more sessions at all the adventure playgrounds during the school holidays.

Want us to come to you

As well as working at Adventure Playgrounds in Bristol, we can offer activities to groups of young people throughout the local area. Please get in touch to find out more.

 

Participant Feedback

“This is the best day of my life!” commented one 11 year old participant who prior to coming riding with us had never travelled more than a few miles beyond his local neighbourhood.

For more information or to register an interest in the project please complete the form below.

Youth Enquiry

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