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Celebrating our supporters – part 2


As a small charity, raising funds to support our life-changing work is an ongoing challenge. To be successful, it is vital that we clearly demonstrate to our grant funders the positive impact we are having on people’s lives. This means collecting regular feedback from the people we help. By sharing their experiences, they enable us to keep our projects running, and it also helps us to better understand and support those we work with.

Celebrating our supporters – part 1

As a small charity, raising funds to support our life-changing work is an ongoing challenge. We are so grateful to the charitable trusts and foundations whose grants literally keep our projects running. But when an individual goes out of their way to support us, it really touches our hearts. 

Over the coming months we will be celebrating the people who have gone that extra mile to show us they really believe in the work we do. First up:

Are e-bikes cheating?

Since Life Cycle started in 1999 we have been working tirelessly to help more people get cycling. At the heart of all our work is a commitment to teaching cycle skills and confidence in a supportive way - proving that almost anyone can get on a bike, if given the right support. More recently we have started to explore the potential power of using electric bikes (known as e-bikes) to engage even greater numbers of people in cycling.

Teaming up

Apprenticeships: The path to success

**For those wishing to find out more about our latest apprenticeship, please email training@lifecycleuk.org.uk or call 0117 353 4580**

September will be our final month with our fantastic apprentice, Joe. Over the past year he has completely immersed himself in the Life Cycle world, learned a wealth of skills and has been a hardworking and helpful member of the team.  So, what is it like being a Life Cycle apprentice? We caught up with Joe to find out.

Clean air for Bristol – have your say

Surely we all have the right to breathe clean air?  It is likely most of us take it for granted. Worryingly Bristol, like many other urban areas, is grappling with the problem of poor air quality:  Levels of pollutants in central areas frequently exceed national and European guidelines. The fact that there is no ‘safe limit’ for some pollutants means Bristol’s levels far exceed what is safe for human health.  

City & Guilds: New skills, new story


You’ve probably heard of our popular ‘Beginners’ and ‘Improvers’ cycle mechanics courses. They’re a great way to get into maintaining your bike and saving trips to the bike shop. But what happens once you’ve been bitten by the ‘bike mechanics bug’? Luckily, Life Cycle also offers City & Guilds cycle mechanics qualifications, so you can keep feeding the bike-geek in you. We know how addictive it is once you get started! 

'Bike Minded' in South Bristol


People are often surprised to discover just how many cycle routes crisscross Bristol – and lead out to the countryside in no time at all. Once these hidden gems are unearthed, the potential for bike adventures to greener spaces becomes clear. South Bristol has a reputation for being disconnected from the rest of the city – yet it is the doorway to beautiful countryside and fantastic cycle routes. We felt it was time to lead the way out of the centre and into South Bristol…

Life Cycle Derby Round Up

Bike Back Derby has a new mechanic!  We are happy to welcome Nick to the team and are excited about what he can bring to the role of Bike Back mechanic.  Nick has also taken on the teaching role for the enrichment programme at Derby College, the students think he’s great too!  We now have 23 students who have completed the course and are eager to get the next batch started on their bikes.

The Bikeability Awards 2018

We all want a future where people are healthier and our neighbourhoods less polluted.

To help create the next generation of confident, responsible cyclists, Life Cycle provides cycle training in schools - known as Bikeability. Our expert instructors work across Bristol and North Somerset, teaching children the skills to become road aware and cycle-savvy.