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Chasing the Sun on a tandem

A silver tandem bike parked against the railings of a jetty with the blue sea behind

The Chase the Sun challenge took place back in June, and saw thousands of riders cycle 205 miles across the North or South of England - and Italy – chasing the sun from sunrise to sunset. Three amazing teams represented Life Cycle UK, including a team of visually impaired riders on the back of tandems, with sighted volunteers at the front. These incredible people are some of our Two’s Company project’s participants. One team member, Jenny, tells her story here:

For environmental transformation we need pedal power

Close up of a traffic jam with exhaust fumes swirling between the cars

You don’t have to read the recent IPCC Climate Report from cover to cover to know it made for some scary reading. It stated that unprecedented changes in the climate are ‘widespread, rapid and intensifying’ across every region of the Earth - and that human activity is indisputably to blame.  It is now widely accepted that without significant global action, climate change will worsen to a point where its catastrophic impacts will become a common part of our daily lives. It’s a bleak picture, but a dystopian future is not inevitable.

Bike storage research volunteers needed!

A bike hangar on the street

One of Life Cycle UK’s Ride Leaders, Brian Edgar, is looking for volunteers to help with research he is doing on bike storage in the residential areas of our cities. Brian is hoping to talk to people who can help him understand the things residents take into account when thinking about storing a bike, and how this may affect their choice of transport. His project also includes a look at some examples of how on-street bike hangars could be used most effectively in the UK.

Life Cycle UK joins Glos Cricket for Cycle Sunday

Life Cycle's Dr Bike mechanic shows faults on a bike to a customer

Gloucestershire Cricket is delighted to announce that local charity partner Life Cycle UK will be offering a series of fun cycling activities on Sunday 25 July for “Cycle Sunday” at the Bristol County Ground. Life Cycle UK - whose mission is to get more people cycling, to transform lives and the environment - will be on hand to talk about their work with vulnerable people, and advise people who want to give cycling a go. 

Building community, one bike at a time

Jay (pictured above), is the founder, organiser, chief mechanic and everything in between, of Derby-based community BMX group, Ozzy Wheels. 

Jay has been BMX riding across the Midlands with family and friends for over thirty years. After making Derby his home and starting an ‘unofficial’ BMX club in the beautiful Osmaston Park in Derby, he realised that he had the skills and passion to create something amazing for his local community. 

How to cycle 205 miles in one day

Winding coastal road with a tiny cyclist in the distance.

Saturday 19th June 2021 was the longest day of the year – and also the day of the annual Chase the Sun event, which sees people of all abilities cycling coast to coast, from sunrise to sunset in an attempt to reach their destination before the sun goes down. This year we had three teams representing Life Cycle UK.  Malcolm was part of a team of volunteers from our Inclusive Cycling projects.

Supporting the Cycling Sisterhood

In April 2021, Life Cycle UK began a new partnership project with Bristol Muslim Cultural Society and Baggator. Its aim is to support Cycling Sisters, a grassroots community cycling project based in Easton. Cycling Sisters had been running regular cycling sessions for women, particularly those who face cultural or religious barriers to cycling in Bristol. The response has been overwhelming, and they became over-subscribed.

"I feel better than I have done in 20 years, thanks to cycling"

Closeup of a man's feet on the pedals of a bike - he's wearing black and white trainers and you can see the sun is starting to set in the distace

Whilst Covid-19 has put a full set of spanners into socializing, the Derby team has been lucky enough to enjoy some social interactions selling bikes and doing repairs at their workshop. They meet some great characters in their line of work (all people who cycle are cool), including Craig. Like many people, Craig rediscovered the joys of cycling during the first lockdown and was surprised at how quickly his health and well-being underwent a huge transformation:

 

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