the low down
We're thrilled to have been chosen as Gloucestershire County Cricket Club’s “Local Charity Partner”.
The Club has a long history of working with and supporting charities, but in 2020, their 150th year they decided to more closely focus on three: one county-based, one city-based and a local partner close to their home at the Bristol County Ground.
Our “Two’s Company” project organises joyful days out riding tandems for visually impaired adults and children. We are so lucky to have a team of dedicated volunteers who ride at the front so that our visually impaired riders can enjoy liberating, life-enhancing experiences on two wheels.
So how do you become a Two’s Company volunteer?
Our volunteers are sociable, friendly, keen cyclists - and want to give something back. We offer full training to anyone who joins our volunteer team – and that’s where the Guide Dogs come in!
Jimmy had been in prison for 3 years. He had committed a non-violent crime and had been given ‘D Category’ status and transferred to HMP/YOI Sudbury, a resettlement prison. Sharon, HMP Sudbury’s Business & Community Engagement Manager, told him about the opportunity to volunteer for Life Cycle Derby under the Ministry of Justice’s ‘Release on Temporary License’ scheme*.
Presenting the newest addition to the ‘Two’s Company’ tandem fleet: Paul’s Silver Sparkler.
Two’s Company provides joyful, liberating days out riding tandems for visually impaired people. Robin, Two’s Company's coordinator, explains how the pride of the fleet came to be part of the project…
Our City & Guilds Level 1 cycle mechanics course is open to anyone who wants to learn about bike mechanics. If you’re seeking employment, or on a low income it’s free. Bryan (name changed) came on the course and thrived. In fact, he loved it so much he went on to do Level 2! Here’s what he had to say about his journey:
As our six-week 'Returning to Cycling' programme draws to a close, Bike Minded coordinator, Patrick Tumilty, reflects on a successful start to the New Year...
When Christmas’ festivities are over, many of us choose the New Year to try something new. This may mean sashaying to a Samba class or signing up for French lessons. January can signal the perfect time to train for your first 5km run or give you the resolve to reduce your meat intake.
As cycle maintenance courses go, City & Guilds Level 2 is the ‘Daddy’: It’s the industry standard qualification for professional mechanics, and it’s perfect for the dedicated home mechanic who wants to be able to fully strip down and rebuild a bicycle.
At the beginning of January, Life Cycle's Communications Officer decided to “go back to school” and booked herself some cycle skills tuition with a Life Cycle instructor. Here is her report back on the experience...
Life Cycle’s Communications Officer, Becky, tells us why she’s finally taking the plunge and booking some free, 1:1 cycle skills tuition.
Happy New Year! Nowadays I don’t normally ‘do’ New Year’s resolutions (tellingly, they have stayed the same every year). But here we are at the dawn of 2019 and I’ve decided to practice what I’ve been preaching since I started at Life Cycle: