Tags: Barclays, Community rides, Cycle Training, Family rides, Islington, Islington by Bike, marshalled rides, Paradise Gardens, Rosemary Gardens
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The London Borough Of Islington Community Bike Rides Bike Club got off to a flying start, with a good showing of family and solo riders turning up to Rosemary Gardens to set off at 11am on 13 April – a chilly but bright spring morning.
Young Rider with his colourful roadworthy bike
All bikes were checked by Islington Council’s team of qualified cycle instructors, to ensure they were roadworthy and any needing attention were put to rights.
The Islington Community Rides Bike Club set off!
The group set off on a very leisurely, fully marshalled, 10 mile ride around the borough. It went via Highbury Fields and the Emirates football stadium, stopping off at Paradise Park for a picnic lunch in glorious sunshine.
Islington Council’s Cycle Instructors and Ride Marshalls enjoy the lunch and the sunshine in Paradise Park
“I am new to the borough and wanted to explore it on my bike and the rides looked ideal for me” said one participant.
“I want to start riding my bike to school with a group of school friends and this ride was a good chance to ride with other people” another rider said. He is also hoping to try out some cycle racing in the future.
The next Chris Hoy?
The group returned to Rosemary Gardens to collect their Barclays goody bags with maps, water bottle, Bike Club T-shirt and useful information about the route, to allow them to go exploring in the future. Every one filled in a questionnaire and those interested in cycle training sessions were signed up for courses.
David Shannon the Cycling Officer for Islington and Bike Club Leader said:
“I am delighted with the way the ride has gone today and we are looking forward to attracting more people to the Bike Club as the programme rolls out”
It is is the first Bike Club in Islington and is being supported by Bike Club, Barclays and Islington Council.
The next ride will be on 8 June and will explore more of the borough.
If you are interested in finding out more about how to set up a Bike Club in London including accessing funding please contact the Bike Club Officer for London:
075 0006 9261
Tags: After School Club, Bearbrook School, Buckinghamshire, Cycle Training, Mobile Cycle Training Service, The Big Pedal
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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.