Last updated: 3rd March 2021
Click on the services below for the latest updates. Whilst some remain suspended until later in the spring, you may be able to book for later in the year. In line with the Government’s approach to easing restrictions, the dates below may be subject to changes in Government guidelines.
Running as usual
Re-opening from 8th March
- Bike maintenance courses
- Bikeability in schools
- Cycle Instructor training courses
- Cycle training: one-to-one lessons
Re-opening from 29th March
Re-opening from April
Since the Government’s announcement of 22nd February on easing lockdown restrictions, we’ve been studying the rules carefully. Like the Government, we’re now able to provide a roadmap for re-opening our services alongside the easing of restrictions. We’ve outlined our plans below, but please note the dates may be subject to changes in restrictions.
Bike sales and servicing - open
Our bike workshops in Bristol and Derby will remain open for bike sales and servicing, as the Government has ruled bike shops to be essential services.
Cycle buddies – still running
Our one-to-one supported bike rides can still continue safely under lockdown regulations. We are currently offering this service to people in Bristol who may be feeling isolated or want to improve their cycling skills and confidence. Sessions are free and take place in your local area with a trained volunteer.
Take a Stand® – still running
We can continue to deliver FREE cycle stands to small organisations in BANES, Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole, Bristol, Herefordshire, Swindon and North Wiltshire.
Bikeability in schools – resuming from 8th March
We will be resuming our training in schools as soon as they are open. For bookings and enquiries in Bristol and North Somerset please contact Frances@lifecycleuk.org.uk. For Swindon it’s Chrissie@lifecycleuk.org.uk.
Bike maintenance courses – resuming from 8th March
Both our Beginners and City and Guilds courses will resume on 8th March. You can currently still book courses scheduled for this year.
Cycle Instructor training courses – resuming from 8th March
Both our Level 2 and Level 3 - 1st4Sport Instructor Training courses will resume on 8th March.
Cycle training: one-to-one lessons – resuming from 8th March
We will be taking bookings for one-to-one lessons from the 8th of March, including teaching beginners to cycle. Click here to book.
Family / Group cycle training – resuming from 29th March
We will be taking bookings for family and group sessions of up to five people from the 29th of March.
Dr Bike – fully open again from 29th March
We will be resuming the Dr Bike service in full in Bristol, BANES, North Somerset, South Glos, Nottingham and Derby. However, we must be satisfied that they can take place in a Covid-secure setting and follow Government restrictions on social gatherings/distancing. If you are not sure whether a Dr Bike can take place safely, please email email@example.com to discuss your options. Book a Dr Bike session
Over 55s group rides – resuming 29th March
Our group ‘Inclusive Cycling’ rides will be able to re-open on the 29th March with a maximum of six people on each ride (in line with the rule of six).
'Get Cycling' courses – starting in April
We will be uploading the first ‘Beginners’ and ‘Returners’ course dates soon. If you can’t find a date or location to suit you, please fill out our expression of interest form (follow the link below):
Two’s Company – resuming from April
In ‘normal’ times our rides would not start up again until March. In light of the lockdown, our group rides will start again in April. We are able to facilitate one-to-one, self-led rides for existing volunteers and participants if they feel comfortable.
Our work with prisoners – partially affected
The Ministry of Justice has devolved responsibility for what activities can stay open in prisons to individual Prison Governors. It looks likely we will be able to continue providing face to face cycle mechanics tuition (in small groups) to prisoners at HMP Bristol.
Bike Generation (our youth project) – to be confirmed
The three adventure playgrounds where we are based are currently closed. We are in conversation with them and will update you once we have more information about when and how they plan to re-open.
Useful information and guides for cycling in lockdown
Tips for cycling locally during the lockdown
- Riding within the rules
- Riding through the winter “chilly challenge”
- Finding a local route
- Riding safely through winter
- Tips for cycling with kids
- Cycling tips and advice
- Teaching your kids to ride.
Life Cycle UK’s position
Whilst all timelines in the government's proposals are dependent on the vaccine programme continuing to drive down infection rates - and all four stages are therefore open to review/delay - the direction of travel laid out is extremely positive.
The charity is set to move out of lockdown #3 in a stable financial position. Whilst reduced delivery has been challenging, we have been able to run more activities than in lockdown #1. We have made use of the furlough scheme wherever sensible to ensure we kept all staff on the payroll, ready for a full re-opening of services over the next few months.
We would like to thank our wonderful supporters and amazing staff and volunteers for keeping the wheels turning. Despite the hardships of the pandemic we have pulled together and been able to continue our important work in local communities. We hope to see an even greater take-up of cycling than in 2020. Our mission to help more people get cycling to transform lives and the environment has never been more important.
How you can help
We know times are tough, but if you can help us keep the wheels turning it would make a huge difference! There are lots of ways you can support us:
Your kind support will help us continue to change lives in the communities we work in. We would be so grateful for any help you can give.
On behalf of everyone at Life Cycle, thank you all for your patience, understanding and flexibility. The last year has been tough for all involved. We hope that everyone has managed to stay safe and well. We encourage you all to continue supporting each other remotely - and stay in touch by phone, text and online.
Stay in touch
If you need to get in touch with someone at Life Cycle, you can find a list of our email addresses here. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.