Lands End - John O Groats "With my eyes shut!"

Lands End to John O Groats "With My Eyes Shut"

Huge congratulations to regular "Two's Company" back-rider Steve Ewens, who has successfully completed a gruelling Lands End to John O Groats ride on a tandem piloted by his brother - raising almost £4,000 for Life Cycle along the way!

Steve is one of the many blind or visually-impaired people who come out cycling on the back of a tandem with Life Cycle UK's pioneering Two's Company project. The project enlists the help of sighted volunteers to offer a regular programme of healthy, sociable group tandem rides to those who are unable to ride a bike independently.

I can do that with my eyes shut!

Two’s Company is in a sense Life Cycle’s flagship project. We started it on a wing and a prayer back in 2006, and we really didn’t know if it would take off or not. Eight years later it is going strong and supports adults and children who are blind or visually impaired to experience cycling on the back of a tandem. We run 25 rides a year giving people who often find it very hard to exercise or get out into the open, a really enjoyable day out cycling. The project is one way that Life Cycle achieves its mission of transforming lives through cycling.

A helping hand to get your family Cycling Active in 2015

Growing levels of obesity amongst the population, including children, are well documented.  The cause of this epidemic is complex and multi-faceted – but is linked to lifestyle changes over the last 50 years.  Amongst the changes is the fall in the amount of exercise we and our children take. The current recommendation is that 5 -18 years take at least 60 minutes of “moderate” to “vigorous” physical activity each day. Yet less than one third of children achieve this.* 

'Park and Ride' Comes To Windmill Hill!

Life Cycle’s mission is to support more individuals to get cycling and to help them overcome the barriers that are preventing them from getting going. As an organisation, one of the issues that we find hardest to advise on is the issue of where to park your bike at home. Those who live in flats, houses on narrow terraced streets (which is half of Bristol), or who share accommodation are often prevented from cycling by virtue of having nowhere to store a bike in their home.

Working with the enemy?

I think it would be fair to say that buses and cyclists are not normally the best of friends.  Cyclists tend to have a dim view of bus drivers, and are quick to criticise them for the way they drive, particularly overtaking too close and pulling in just in front of cyclists.  Bus drivers likewise don’t tend to be that keen on cyclists.

Winter Cycling: slip-sliding around

The cold weather on my way to work this morning made me cycle more cautiously than usual.   But there were plenty of people bombing past me at full speed - so it made me wonder if I was being over cautious, or if they were chancing it?  By far the greatest cause of injury to cyclists is from what are called non-collision incidents. These are incidents that result from skids and slips or collisions that don’t involve another vehicle. They often occur during poor weather as a result of cycling too fast and not allowing enough braking time.

Life Cycle's Inclusive Cycling Volunteers Shortlisted for Bristol Green Awards

Life Cycle's Inclusive Cycling volunteers have been shortlisted for one of this year's Bristol Green Volunteers Awards in the category of Sustainable Transport.

The awards celebrate the amazing contribution of volunteers to Bristol's status as a European Green Capital, supporting Bristol's green spaces, sustainability and/or wildlife.

Here's To A Green 2015

2015 in Bristol looks set to be different from other years.  As we welcome in the New Year, Bristol is about to be launched as Green Capital of Europe.  This means that we will have a chance to show other European countries all the great stuff that is going on in Bristol to encourage and support sustainable lifestyles, but more importantly it will give organisations like Life Cycle a platform to promote their activities - and for Life Cycle that means we can support even more people in Bristol to start and continue cycling.

 

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