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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:

From booze to bike mechanics

Man in a light blue T-shirt with stubble, working on a wheel without a tire.

This is Alex's story. We met Alex when he was 56 years old while he was training at our secure bike workshop inside Bristol Prison. Over the weeks he was with us, he started to chat more and eventually started to tell us about his life and what had led him to this place. It's always a great honour to be trusted in this way and we are especially grateful to Alex for agreeing to share his story with you too. Here it is:

Life Cycle and Lockdown #3

Young woman cycling in an urban setting wearing a mask

Since the latest lockdown was announced, we’ve been studying the rules carefully. We're glad that the Government continues to recognise the importance of cycling, both for safe local travel and for maintaining good physical and mental health. The good news is that Life Cycle can continue helping those who want to cycle through the lockdown. Our workshops in Bristol and Derby will stay open for Bike sales and servicing. One-to-one Cycle Buddies sessions can also continue safely.

How lockdown buddies beat the blues

Two male Cycle Buddies riding together in summer near a bridge and flowers

Covid-19 has forced vulnerable people to spend a lot of time at home, leaving them frightened to engage with the outside world and suffering from poor physical and mental health. Our Cycle Buddies project has supported those who would normally come on our group cycle rides - and a new group of people who wanted to ease the isolating effects of lockdown. We spoke to Simon, a Support Worker, who has referred several people into Cycle Buddies: