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.
Every week during school term time, you will find our free, open-access sessions at the following locations:
We also run 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.
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:
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.
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.
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!
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!
Bike Polo enables 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 run sessions at adventure playgrounds during the school holidays.
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.