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 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.
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.
Bike Back Derby, Life Cycle's innovative bicycle recycling project, has ridden to the rescue of a schoolboy whose new bike was stolen - just six days after he bought it.
Huge thanks and many congratulations to all our wonderful participants, volunteers and supporters who completed our "Pier to Port" fundraising ride!
Ignoring early morning grey skies and drizzle, thirty riders left Weston Super Mare on Saturday morning and cycled 32 miles on quiet, autumnal cycle paths to reach Bristol Suspension Bridge in glorious sunshine.
I am really pleased to present Life Cycle’s Impact Report for 2013/14. We started putting these reports together three years ago, in order to demonstrate the impact of the work we are doing, and are particularly pleased to be able to show year on year increases in the numbers of people getting involved in our services and taking up cycling. The report is only a snapshot into our work, but designed to show that we are having an impact and making a difference to people’s lives.
Everyone knows that cycling is good for your physical health. It’s obvious really! People who exercise regularly are fitter, healthier and have greatly reduced risks of a number of major diseases including coronary heart disease and other serious health conditions.
July saw the launch of Bristol City Council’s much awaited Cycling Strategy, which outlines how far cycling in the city has come in the past few years, as well as setting out the Council’s vision for cycling in in the future.
Cycling is on the increase in Bristol, and based on the age range of people who have cycle training, I’d hazard a guess that growth is greatest amongst 30 - 40 year olds. This is of course fantastic, but if we’re really going to transition towards Dutch levels of mass cycling, it’s the next generation that needs the greatest boost. Whilst around 2,000 children aged 10 – 11 receive cycle training in Bristol each year, the numbers who actually go on to cycle regularly are much lower.