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Type 2 Diabetes cycling project with Bristol University

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.

“It feels like a family” – why ‘Two’s Company’ volunteers love what they do


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.

Support us while you shop: vote for Life Cycle in your local Tesco store

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.

New year, new you? Four steps to a fantastic 2018


2018 is here! Some of you may have felt rather flat greeting the new year after a month of eating, drinking and being merry. If you’re anything like us your mind turned to the obligatory new years’ resolutions – ones you can actually keep this time! It’s OK, we feel your pain – and here at Life Cycle we think we have a simple solution. Whether it’s getting fitter, learning a new skill, saving money, or even making long-needed repairs to the stuff in the garage - we have the secret to ticking all those boxes at once…

Bling Your Hi-Viz

Our Bike Minded and Over 55s projects are running a ‘bling your hi-viz’ workshop in February 2018 and looking for donations of any unwanted hi-viz jackets (particularly colours that aren’t yellow like orange, pink, green etc.) and reflective material that we can cut up to transform our hi-viz’s into the ultimate fashion accessory! Donations can be dropped off at the Create Centre in the new year.

How ‘Bike Minded’ got creative this November

Bike Minded T-shirt competition

This month, friends of Life Cycle got creative for our t-shirt design competition. Contestants were asked to come up with a cycling themed design, with the winning entry to be printed on a batch of Bike Minded t-shirts, tea towels and tote bags. 

We had tons of wonderful entries. Huge thanks to everyone who took part: the judges had such a hard time selecting a winner they ended up picking two! 

Stacey, a Bike Minded participant was over the moon that her quirky design of a brain riding a bike won: 

Driverless Car Trials

Dear fellow cyclist

We are taking the liberty of contacting you as we want to reach out to the local cycling community and thought that you may be able to help. Here at UWE we are preparing for a third driverless car trial as part of the VENTURER project and we wondered if you or any of your cycling contacts might be interested in taking part. The third trial will explore how driverless vehicles might interact with cyclists and walkers.

Bike Back Sales NEW opening days for 2018

Bike Back open their doors for weekly bike sales at the Life Cycle Hub at Horfield Prison. 

Bike Sales now on Fridays

From January 2018, we will be changing our weekly Bristol bike sales to FRIDAY from 10am – 4pm.

Did you know we also sell a range of accessories, tried and tested by our team? So if you are looking for a present for the cyclist in your life, we have got some ideas for you.


Queens Award for Voluntary Service presented to Life Cycle by the Lord-Lieutenant of Bristol

Life Cycle was delighted to win the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service this year. This is the highest award given to groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done by volunteers in their communities.

On Tuesday, 24th October, Life Cycle’s volunteers assembled at the CREATE Centre to be presented with their award by the Lord Lieutenant of Bristol, Peaches Golding.