Last updated: 8th January 2021
Click on the services below for the latest updates. Whilst some are suspended during lockdown, you may still be able to book for later in the year.
Running as usual
On hold during lockdown
- Cycle training: one-to-one lessons
- Other cycle training courses
- Bike Generation (youth)
- Bike maintenance courses
- Over 55s group rides
Since lockdown #3 was announced, we’ve been studying the rules carefully. We're glad that the Government continues to recognise the importance of cycling, both for safe local travel and for maintaining good physical and mental health. Whilst some of our services will need to be paused, as an essential service our workshops can stay open for bike sales and servicing. The rules also allow outdoor exercise either alone, with our household/bubble, or with one person from outside our household. This means we can still offer our one-to-one Cycle Buddies service.
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 during lockdown 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.
Dr Bike – open for private bookings
We are still taking private Dr Bike bookings 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. For this reason, we cannot run Dr Bikes as public events. If you are not sure whether a Dr Bike can take place safely, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your options.
In Derby our public Dr Bike sessions with Sustrans are on hold. We will review the situation in two weeks’ time.
Two’s Company – partially affected
In ‘normal’ times our rides would not start up again until March. In light of the lockdown, our group rides will be postponed until April. We can facilitate one-to-one, self-led rides for existing volunteers and participants if they feel comfortable.
Bikeability in schools – partially affected
Whilst schools are closed, we will not be offering our usual programme of group lessons. However, we are able to take bookings if schools wish to offer sessions to vulnerable children and the children of key workers. Contact Frances@lifecycleuk.org.uk to discuss options.
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.
Cycle training: one-to-one lessons – on hold
The Bikeability Trust have received confirmation from the Department of Education and Public Health England that one-to-one cycle training cannot take place during the national lockdown. We are devastated by this decision. If you need support with cycling please sign up to be matched with a volunteer Cycle Buddy who will accompany you on cycle routes local to you.
Other cycle training courses – on hold
Group cycle lessons and courses are currently on hold, however, you can still express an interest in our Beginners or Returners courses, which we hope to start in the spring.
Bike Generation (our youth project) – on hold
The three adventure playgrounds where we are based are currently closed and will remain this way until further notice. We will update this page if anything changes.
Bike maintenance courses – on hold (taking bookings for after lockdown)
Both our Beginners and City and Guilds courses are suspended during the lockdown, however, you can still book onto courses scheduled later in the year.
Over 55s group rides – on hold
Sadly, our supported group rides cannot continue under the current guidelines. However, we are signposting participants to our one-to-one Cycle Buddies rides.
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
We know this lockdown will be challenging for our service users, staff and volunteers. We are glad we can continue to offer one-to-one cycling opportunities to our regular service users and we will be keeping in close contact with the most vulnerable.
The charity enters lockdown #3 in a stable financial position. Whilst reduced delivery these coming weeks will be challenging, we can still run more activities than in lockdown #1. We have previously been able to unlock COVID support funding and we will make further use of the furlough scheme wherever sensible to ensure we keep all staff on the payroll, ready for a full re-opening of services later in 2021.
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 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. Having to suspend some of our services has been tough for all involved. We hope that everyone will stay safe and well. We encourage you all to support 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 email@example.com and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.