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Bike Back – through Covid and beyond

Prisoners working in Life Cycle's secure bike workshop

Bike Back” is our bicycle recycling project that teaches prisoners to refurbish broken and unwanted bikes as part of their cycle mechanics training.  Just like the rest of the country, UK prisons also went into full lockdown in response to the COVID 19 pandemic. The aim was to reduce transmission of the disease from the outside and between prisoners. However, this meant all group activities had to cease – including our work training prisoners as bike mechanics.

To 'e' or not to 'e'

E bike parked on grass near a river.

To 'e' or not to 'e'

Martin belongs of our Over 55s cycling group. Here he tells us why switching to an e bike has changed his life.

Martin's story

I have recently bought an electric bike: it has transformed my life. Here’s my personal account of the why’s and how’s as it may be relevant to other people, especially those who may be quite a bit older than 55 and experiencing similar challenges to my own.

Bristol ride of the week 2

Troopers Hill, Bristol - woods and footbridge

 

A quick note on riding during COVID-19 conditions

At the time of writing (23rd April 2020) people are being encouraged to leave the house for exercise once a day - provided it is either alone or with people from their household.

We hope that anyone who wants to cycle is able to. We understand that there may be some confusion about what is allowed under Government guidelines - and what is safe, depending on your health status. Our advice is:

Bristol ride of the week 1

Woman riding over bridge with child in tow

 

A quick note on riding during COVID-19 conditions

At the time of writing (14th April 2020) people are being encouraged to leave the house for exercise once a day - provided it is either alone or with people from their household.

We hope that anyone who wants to cycle is able to. We understand that there may be some confusion about what is allowed under Government guidelines - and what is safe, depending on your health status. Our advice is:

Guide Dogs and Tandems

 

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!

The other side of the gate: Jimmy’s story

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*.

 

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