Spring is finally here in Derby and with it the cyclists are coming out to play! We have had a large number of donations this month and are looking forward to having the bikes fixed up and getting them out to the local community. We have also started planting at the workshop so we can have beautiful fresh additions to our lunch, though we hear our neighbours are planning to outdo us.
the low down
We don’t know about you, but right now we’re dreaming of warmer weather! Spring and summer are the best cycling seasons, with wonderfully longer days for exploring new places by bike. With that in mind, we’re delighted to announce an extension of our Cycle Buddy Scheme for the Over 55s, which kicks off in June.
Instructor Training Review
Running separately from the National Standard Review, is a review of National Standard Instructor Training. A paper outlining proposed arrangements was circulated in April 2017
We believe cycling is the simplest and most fun way to get fresh air and exercise. However, many adults have not cycled for years and lack confidence. Getting back on a bike can feel daunting without the right support.
Here at Life Cycle we understand the barriers to making cycling a regular activity: there’s getting hold of a roadworthy bike and then finding a quiet place to practice. For some, riding on roads is a big step: Getting some pointers on effective braking, using gears, signalling safely and planning the best routes can really help.
In the summer of 2016 the University of Bristol and Life Cycle UK teamed up on a project aimed at encouraging individuals with Type 2 Diabetes to be more active. Nineteen individuals were given training on how to ride an e-bike and were then loaned an e-bike for up to 20-weeks. Click here for more information on the findings of this study and to find out about future e-bike research that will be coming up.
For ‘Two’s Company’ project coordinator, Robin Lapworth, the start of the new year means it is time to plan ahead. Robin organises our fun days out riding tandem bicycles for visually impaired people. The project relies on a team of dedicated volunteers giving up their time to pilot the tandems – working together with the visually impaired ‘back riders’ to explore the countryside in and around Bristol.
Life Cycle is one of three shortlisted charities in Tesco’s ‘Bags of Help’ scheme for Bristol. This January and February you can cast your vote for us in your local Tesco store using a token you get at the checkout. With your help we could win between £1,000 and £4,000 (if we come first), which is raised from sales of Tesco’s plastic bags. The money will fund our Youth Project which provides cycling adventures and skill-building activities to help disadvantaged kids broaden their horizons, boost fitness and achieve their full potential. See below for a list of stores you can vote in.