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Monday afternoon saw 4 youngsters from Blueprint School in Aylesbury learning how to index the gears, mend punctures and fix and adjust brakes from Mobile Mechanic, Sam Darling of MBRS UK http://www.mbrsuk.com/.
Sam had a great way of using every comment to move on to the next item smoothly and effectively and the youngsters’ enthusiasm for the subject showed by the end of the session as they stood round their headteacher’s bike to sort the brakes out. They were very pleased with the results and learned how quick and easy it is to tune up a bike and make it run smoothly, with a little knowledge and patience and only a few simple tools.
Blueprint have been running Bikeability sessions and are also planning Sports cycling sessions next term for their students.
Scooting swiftly along the Gemstone route from Aylesbury Town Centre to Bearbrook School and I can already see loads of bikes around – parents brining them for the pick up, bike sheds stacked full (50 bikes) and younger siblings rolling up on cycles, trikes and scooters.
This last Bike Club for the school year, run by Jill Henderson of Mobile Cycle Training Service, shows the success of running a variety of activities – “The Bike Club has been used to enthuse children and build skills and confidence. As a result, many more have taken up cycle training & taken part in the Big Pedal and now ride to school regularly, through the rain too! We have had 78 children with their bikes and lots of parents too” said Mrs Hobbs, a parent who has been a cycle champion at the school and is on the School Travel Planning group. She has just handed over the reins for cycling to the Sports Co-ordinator, who happily took it on “because it is already well organised! “
Jill’s skills have allowed the youngsters to enjoy a fun hour after school, expressing themselves and learning to work with others, while building their cycling skills through fun activities on the playground. All the children (this ASC session was for Year 6) cycled home after the session finished, empowered and enthused, as the rain started to spot the scorched tarmac.
9 people gathered in an airy Yurt, provided by the Outdoors Pursuits Team at Green Park Conference Centre, to have training in offering activities on adapted bikes today. http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/assets/content/bcc/docs/youth/outdoor_education_brochure.pdf
We learnt how to put the cycles together and take them apart for storage and transport, we considered how best to introduce people to the cycles, thought about what designs would suit what abilities best, risk assessments including checking the cycles and generally familiarising ourselves with how the cycles work and what their strengths and challenges are.
In amongst the fleet we tried were a laid back trike – like sitting in an easy chair with Harley Davison style handlebars (Easy Rider eat your heart out!), a cycle with a wheelchair platform at the front, a wheelchair with a detachable cycle on the front (making a hand powered trike – thanks Lee!), and a side by side hand powered cycle, plus a nifty quad with fixed wheel which needed pedalling really fast, but was great fun to use.
The Outdoors Pursuits Team are adding a range of adapted cycles to their mountain bike fleet and can lead cycling activities for all abilities and groups can also hire the facilities and lead their own sessions, once they have had the Wheels for All training. http://www.cycling.org.uk/wfa/intro
It’s bank holiday Monday, the wind has dropped at last, bringing the rain, so what better to do than cycle round Stowe Gardens National Trust property in North Bucks ? I was clearly not the only one to think this – I passed Ian Warby, about to leave, having just finished ensuring that the signage of the trail was complete, then a couple on Bromptons (find their photos on Flickr on Brompton Bike Fans) and another family group on fold-up Dahons all rode out ahead of me, along the winding lanes and tracks, across a slightly
bumpy sheep field track, and back up the approach road to Stowe Gardens. The trail boasts superb views of Stowe Gardens’ many follies – temples and statues in among the trees inside the gardem boundaries, which were particularly captivating rising from the mists and drizzle of the day.
You can ride the trail anytime during daylight hours, as it runs round the edge of the gardens, making it more enjoyable, as there is virtually no traffic of any kind along the way, not even many walkers, perhaps a few sheep to dodge.
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-visits-cycling_days.htm#download will hopefully soon include a copy of the cycle trail map, which is fully detailed Ordnance Survey, but you dont’ really need this to get around the trail clockwise, as it is well marked with clear white signs that you can see off in the distance.
The cyclists turning out on this wet May bank holiday show the suitability of the trail for everyone with any bike (with a modicum of grip on the tires) – fold ups, tagalongs, mountain bikes, hybrids and so on.
Stowe Gardens Cycle Trail makes a more active outing to a National Trust property and is completely free, if you don’t want to visit the landscape gardens and superb tea rooms afterwards!
Having just been awarded £2,100 to run a Bike Club and with the long and light afternoons/evenings this is a great time to get involved in the John Colet Bike Club which takes place Fridays after school and on alternate Fridays during the last lesson of school as well! The club will encourage students (and staff) to use their bikes more in travelling around and in getting to school but also for recreation to promote a healthy lifestyle. Any student who owns a bike and a cycle helmet is welcome to join the club and those that don’t own a bike, the good news is that some of the Bike Club funding has been used to buy four spare bikes so anyone can come along, but in this instance you must book your bike with Mr Date! After the success of the recent Bike Expedition around our local beautiful countryside and lunch at the Wendover Woods Café, we will be organising another expedition towards the end of term. Other activities include: bicycle maintenance and club development (advertising, designing logos), planning routes and trips away. The club meets every Friday at 3.15 in ‘The Street’ and finish between 4.30 and 5pm.
On the 11th and 12th of June 2011, Green Park Outdoors Centre in Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire is running a Wheels for All Leader Training Course to complement the purchase of a fleet of new cycles. They are offering this chance for local teachers and leaders to train to lead inclusive cycling sessions on an ongoing basis in their local projects. This follows a successful Open Day at the centre where they asked local potential clients of the centre’s resources and activities for their feedback on some of the bikes on their shopping list. The result was alot of smiles and thumbs up from all the visitors and the cycles have been ordered and are on their way in readiness for this course. For more information please contact Geraint Hughes Ghughes@buckscc.gov.uk
On Friday I got up early for a Cycle Train journey round Chesham Bois, picking up excited youngsters for their journey to Elangeni School. The Train was run by Jane Hall with the help of Chris and Sheona as Bikeability Trainers, using their snaking skills to organise the train and make the journey enjoyable and confidence building for all the youngsters and the accompanying parents who are potential Cycle Train leaders.
We arrived at school and filled the bike shed, and enjoyed a lovely breakfast in the school hall. Later in the day some parents were due to come in for a puncture repair workshop too.
Thanks for having me along – I enjoyed whizzing past to take photos. See attached for the smiles along the miles
Leaders of Bike Clubs in Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire came together with Cycling Development Officers to find out more about the accreditation that Bike Club members can access as part of the Bike Club membership.
The training day was an ‘Introduction to Youth Achievement Awards’ which are an accreditation programme run by Bike Club partners UK Youth. The awards are a flexible way for Bike Club groups to give their young people access to accredited activities related directly to their cycling activities. These activities can be extremely varied and span all sort of types Bike Club supported groups included those that are doing cycle training, media projects, bike maintenance, BMX bike recycling and so on.
The training day was a great opportunity for Bike Club leaders to meet together, learn about the best ways to introduce awards to their Bike Clubs and to feel more confident about starting to work with the awards.
To support Bike Club leaders UK Youth has produced a toolkit that gives an insight into how the awards fit into the qualifications framework and support ASDAN awards allowing them to choose the appropriate awards for their young people.
As part of the Bike Club membership groups benefit from access to a free place at a UK Youth run Introduction to Youth Achievement Awards training day, 20 free Awards booklets and ongoing support in delivering and moderating portfolios for the awards.
For more information about Youth Achievement Awards and UK Youth see: