the low down

Meet the Team

Meet the Team - Elizabeth Williams

How are you connected to Life Cycle?

I am a Trustee.

What's your earliest cycling memory?

Cycling to Limeslade in Mumbles, South Wales for a picnic with a friend.

What was your first bike?

It was too big for me, but had been given to my Dad by a friend, so it was free.

Meet the Team - Frances McMillan

How are you connected to Life Cycle?

I'm the cycle training and Take a Stand co-ordinator.

What's your earliest cycling memory?

Following a group of older children quite far from home on my tricycle with the burgundy seat, then my dad roaring up in the car and throwing the trike in the boot and me into the back seat - boy was I in trouble!

What was your first bike?

Meet the Team - Robin Lapworth

Robin Lapworth co-ordinates Life Cycle's "Two's Company" project, which offers joyful, liberating days out tandem cycling for the blind or visually impaired. He also works as a cycle instructor. 

How are you connected to Life Cycle?

I was a volunteer front rider for Two's Company for three years before getting the job of organising it!

What's your earliest cycling memory?

Measuring our Impact

Gathering data can be time consuming and boring, so often staff don’t set about the task of monitoring progress with much relish.  However, in our increasingly evidenced-based world, each year Life Cycle goes to great efforts to prove that we are having a positive impact on the community.  

A good transport plan for Bristol

Over the last 18 months I have been attending the Green Capital Partnership Sustainable Transport Action Group or STAG for short. One of the key focusses of STAG over the period has been the development of the Good Transport Plan. The idea originally came from the Bristol Food Network who pioneered the good food plan, to bring together disparate voices in the City to agree a shared vision on food issues.

A Hard Act to Follow....

Cycling in Bristol is on the increase, and one thing I’ve become aware of recently is the number of parents cycling to school with their primary aged children.  I’ve been doing the school run since 2004 and in that time have noticed a real rise in the number of children cycling to school – in my area of North Bristol at any rate.  My school route takes me across several catchment areas, so we not only see children on their way to our school, but to three, if not four others.

I can do that with my eyes shut!

Two’s Company is in a sense Life Cycle’s flagship project. We started it on a wing and a prayer back in 2006, and we really didn’t know if it would take off or not. Eight years later it is going strong and supports adults and children who are blind or visually impaired to experience cycling on the back of a tandem. We run 25 rides a year giving people who often find it very hard to exercise or get out into the open, a really enjoyable day out cycling. The project is one way that Life Cycle achieves its mission of transforming lives through cycling.

 

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