The following is a written testimonial from Robin, in Claughton, who has benefited from the Bike & Boots scheme. He secured a position as a Customer Service Support staff with Merseyrail on the 12th April and used the Bike & Boots scheme to acquire a bicycle.
A couple of months ago I was in my local job centre (Birkenhead) and I noticed a flyer regarding Cycling Projects, the Bike & Boots scheme. I then proceeded to contact Ian Jones who is in charge of the project on the Wirral. Ian clearly explained to me all the relevant criteria to be eligible for the scheme and then emailed me all the relevant information pertaining to the scheme.
Ian kept in regular contact and updated me throughout the period whilst waiting to start my employment. Once my employment with Merseyrail had been confirmed I contacted Ian and emailed the relevant documentation confirming my employment. Ian then arranged a date to complete the Cycling & Walking to Work Fund registration form. We then went on to view the available cycles for the scheme at Off The Rock Cycles in Wallasey.
I chose the Pro Escape mountain bike, which also included a helmet, lights, kryptonite lock and fluorescent vest. To my surprise, the bike I had chosen was available to take away at that point. Ian was extremely helpful and even offered me transportation for the bike to my home address via the bike rack on his car. Ian also explained that the scheme in tandem with the bike shop will do free check-ups involving unlimited servicing of the cycle and a full maintenance service within the first 6 months of having the bike.
This invaluable scheme has made it possible for me to go directly to work from my home address as well as the added benefit of keeping fit. I will also be attending the Pedal Away community bike rides, which Ian arranges through Cycling Projects. All in all this was a very easy stress free process as well as me now having the added benefit of not having to worry about my travel options to get to work.
Cycling Projects has partnered up with Off the Rocks Cycles to supply Bike & Boots project to deliver the scheme on Wirral.
Off the Rock Cycles is a Wirral bike shop business established in 2008 set up in New Brighton. They moved to their current premises in Seaview Road, Wallasey in 2010.
They have 4 permanent members of staff who are all passionate about bikes and they pride themselves in knowledgeable and friendly customer service. All staff are CYTEC qualified and enjoy all disciplines of cycling.
Adam Lefeuvre is the founder and manager of the business and he specializes in trial biking. The business is an approved Merida bike dealer.
In order to remain in the heart of the Wallasey business community they have recently completed their shop renovations. This now allows them to build bikes to customer specifications, carry out bike repairs and maintenance along with safety checks to ensure bikes are roadworthy.
Off the Rock Cycles participates in a number of Cycle to Work Schemes, including vouchers and saving clubs for customers to purchase their bike from the shop. They also offer bike rentals and stock a wide range of brand new bikes as well as second hand bikes for sale.
Adam from Off the Rock Cycles said:
“We’re pleased to be the preferred local supplier on the Wirral for the Bike &Boots project. I really enjoy helping customers choose their bike for the work commute and I believe this scheme is really important to help promote and raise awareness of cycling as a healthy and pleasurable activity, especially on the Wirral with its wonderful range of cycle routes and great views to Wales and Liverpool.”
Find out about our latest Pedal Away events in Knowsley with our new flyer. Upcoming events include Ditch the Stabilisers & Learn to Ride, and our popular Weekend Rides.
New Pedel Away Events Knowsley (pdf download)
Covering regions: the South Lakeland regions from Kendal through to Ulverston with a number of activities within the Lake District National Park.
Initially a 1-year position (with the possibility of a 12-month extension)
Part time hours to support the delivery and development of the South Lakes Wheels for All programme. 14 hours – a FTE of £18,200.00
Cycling Projects is pleased to announce the development of a South Lakes region Wheels for All initiative that will bring cycling to many people regardless of their ability.
We are recruiting a Wheels for All Co-ordinator to deliver and develop a well-received inclusive cycling offer for the South Lakes region, creating regular inclusive cycling opportunities from UIlverston through to Kendal. There will also be opportunities to deliver inclusive cycling activities within the Lake District National Park
As the Wheels for All co-ordinator you will be responsible for the delivery of the inclusive cycling sessions, managing a growing network of partners and recruiting and retaining volunteers to support the programme across the South Lakes region.
You will be a highly motivated individual with experience of working across a broad section of partners. You will ideally have experience of managing community projects and have experience of working with people of all abilities/or previously worked for a charity. You will be enthusiastic, driven, well organised and able to embrace cycling as a credible and beneficial activity for people regardless of their ability. We want you to create a solid movement of inclusive cycling activities across specific regions of the South Lakes and be part of an effective and exciting movement of creating inclusive cycling opportunities
Closing Date for applications is Monday 7th May 2019 5pm Interviews will be held week commencing 14th May 2018.
To apply, please request an application pack and return the application form along with your covering letter via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 7th May 2018 5pm.
You can download this advert as a PDF here.
Cycling Projects is pleased to announce the continued growth of the countywide Surrey Wheels for All programme, and we are keen to take the Wheels for All service to new and existing regions within Surrey. To do this effectively we are now recruiting for a Wheels for All Co-ordinator to help to deliver and develop a well-received inclusive cycling offer for the county of Surrey.
Covering regions: Countywide coverage with particular focus in the West of the county (Woking) and in the East of the county (Epsom) with occasional delivery opportunities in other regions of Surrey
Part time hours to support the delivery and development of the Surrey Wheels for All programme. Hours – 16 hours per week – a FTE of £16,120.00
This is an exciting opportunity to join the country’s leading inclusive cycling charity with a strong focus on disability access, health improvement and social inclusion for all ages and abilities.
As the Wheels for All co-ordinator you will be responsible for the delivery of the inclusive cycling sessions, managing a growing network of partners, recruiting and retaining volunteers to support the programme which will focus on children and young people engagement, and also the delivery of an adult cycling offer for all abilities.
Initially this is a funded programme through to March 2021 with funding and investment from council partners and contributions from exiting participants and partners.
You will be a highly motivated individual with experience of working across a broad section of partners. You will ideally have experience of managing community projects and had experience of working with people of all abilities/or previously worked for a charity. You will be enthusiastic, driven, well organised and able to embrace cycling as a credible and beneficial activity for people regardless of their ability.
Essentially, we want you to create a solid movement of inclusive cycling activities across all regions of the county of Surrey. You will be part of an effective and exciting movement of bringing cycling to people on a daily basis across many locations regardless of their ability.
Application deadline is Thursday 12th April 2018 – Interviews will be held week commencing 23rd April 2018.
To apply, please request an application pack and return the application form along with your covering letter & email to email@example.com.
To download the person spec for this position please click here:
Free family activities in Knowsley
A range of fun-filled, family activities are available at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park on Thursday, 5 April from 9.30am until 1pm. What’s more, they are completely free of charge!
From swimming to cycling through to a cycle museum and treasure hunt, there really is something to suit all ages and interests.
The full range of activities can be found below and if you’d like to come along on 5 April, simply register your interest today on Eventbrite. Once registered, you can also book on to sessions where there are restrictions on group sizes.
- Disney Inspired 10 minute shake ups. The kids will love playing these Disney inspired Shake-Up Games including Toy Story’s Bullseye Race, Beauty and the Beast’s Cogsworth time trial and Frozen Olaf’s summer dance. Whatever your Disney favourite, there’s bound to be an 10-minute activity burst for you!
- Open swimming session & swimming lesson assessments – The teaching pool at the centre will be available from 11am until 12pm for families to have a swim. Parents who are thinking of booking their children onto swimming lessons can also book a free 15 minute swim assessment to determine which stage they should book their children on to.
- Cycle Museum – The Cycle Museum, based at Walton Hall and Gardens, will have a display of vintage bikes dating from the 1800’s to the 1990’s, including Bone Shakers, Penny Farthings, and other weird, wonderful and wacky bikes.
- BMX track taster sessions – Children over age 5 and over can book onto a free BMX taster session. Bikes helmets and knee pads are included. The sessions will be around one hour long – from 10am until 11am and then another session from 11.30am to 12.30pm. Book your place on Eventbrite. Children should already be able to ride a bike.
- Ditch your stabilisers – Bring the kid’s bikes and take part in an interactive session which will help the kids ditch the stabilisers. There is no minimum age. It will take place by the velodrome track. Sessions are available from 9.30am and they will run throughout the morning. If possible, please book a place through Eventbright.
- Cycling obstacle course and wheels for all sessions on the velodrome – Come and test your riding skills on an obstacle course set up on the velodrome. Whilst there will be a limited number of bikes available, you may want to bring your own along. The sessions are for anyone aged 8 years and above and two sessions will take place from 10am until 11am and from 11.30am until 12.30pm. Book your place on Eventbrite.
- Make your own smoothie using pedal power alone on the smoothie bike! We’ll provide the ingredients, you just need to provide the pedal power!
- Nordic walking sessions – Sessions are available to give Nordic walking a try – all the equipment will be available for families to use. Two sessions will take place – one at 10am and another at 11am. Please report to the main reception desk at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park. Please book on a session if possible through Eventbrite and these are adult-only sessions.
Treasure hunt quiz – Families can enjoy a walk around the centre and its grounds finding the answers to our clues. Once you have the answers give your treasure hunt sheet into the registration desk and enter a draw to win one of our family swim passes.
- Face painting – Free face painting for all the family throughout the morning.
- Soft play – At Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park there is a small soft play centre for smaller children under the age of five.
Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Wellbeing and Customer Services said
“We know that during the school holidays, finding something that the whole family can enjoy can be difficult. The activities at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park cater for all ages and abilities and with the fantastic range available, there really is something for everyone. It’s a great opportunity to try out new things for free, plus with certificates to be given out and prizes to be won, it really does promise to be a family-fun filled morning.”
In addition to the activities, a range of information and support will be available throughout the morning helping you and your family to be active, be safe and be suitably equipped. This includes leisure membership opportunities through the five Volair centres across the borough, Decathlon, MerseyCycle and Barry’s Mobile Bicycle Maintenance will have a range of bikes on display and can offer advice on the right bike for you, British Cycling and Go-Ride about the range of cycling opportunities and activities available in Knowsley and the Green Spaces service will be on-hand to tell you about the range of activities taking place in the borough’s parks and green spaces.
In addition, Merseyside Police and the Healthy Knowsley Service will be on-hand to provide a range of information and advice around safe cycling and ways to boost your own and your family’s health and wellbeing.
The launch of Cycling Projects North Wales Wheels for All was a great success.
Thanks to funding from the Steve Morgan Foundation, Cycling Projects is able to set up Wheels for All centres across Flintshire, Denbighshire, Conwy and potentially Gwynedd. The settings will be a mix of local parks, cycle greenways and athletics tracks, safe spaces for those trying cycling for the first time or returning after a long period away.
Find a Wheels for All or Pedal Away centre local to you on our interactive map.
Below are some photos taken on the day.
Through the Sport England Opportunities Programme, Cycling Projects is pleased to announce the creation of a national volunteer campaign that will recruit and retain new volunteers and support existing volunteers as they continue to play a crucial role in the successful delivery of Wheels for All and Pedal Away programmes.
To deliver the series of volunteer campaigns, we are recruiting a national volunteer co- ordinator who will work with a number of our partners including County Sports Partnerships, English Federation of Disability Sport, Mencap, Leonard Cheshire and British Cycling.
As the national volunteer co-ordinator you will be responsible for the recruitment and retention of new volunteers through the creation of effective volunteering campaigns. The work themes will focus on creating volunteering opportunities for disabled people and creating volunteering opportunities for people not involved in sport but keen to support the aims and objectives of the charity.
You will also work closely with the existing Wheels for All network to create volunteering pathways through to existing cycling clubs and to create formal partnerships with Wheels for All Centres and disability support organisations. You will also manage a growing network of partners, recruiting and retaining volunteers to support the Wheels for All programme in specific regions across the country.
You will be a highly motivated individual with experience of working across a broad section of partners. You will ideally have experience of working within the volunteer sector and experience of working with people of all abilities and community members. You will be enthusiastic, driven, well organised and able to engage with people on a daily basis.
Essentially, we want you to create a solid movement of volunteering activities across the Wheels for Al network. You will be part of an effective and exciting movement of bringing cycling to people on a daily basis across many locations regardless of their ability.
Application deadline is Monday 12th March at 5pm & Interviews will be held week commencing 19th March
To apply, please request an application pack and return the application form along with your covering letter & email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 12th March at 5pm
Cycling Projects, the national inclusive cycling charity, is pleased to announce the launch of the North Wales Wheels for All on 21st February in Prestatyn.
Wheels for All enables children and adults with disabilities or differing needs to enjoy the benefits of cycling regularly in a safe, sociable environment using a range of specially adapted bikes supported by experienced staff and trained volunteers.
A drop in event will take place on Wednesday 21st February between 11am to 3pm at Alive Church, 200 Victoria Road, Prestatyn LL19 7TL. Tricycles, hand cycles, side by sides and bikes for wheelchair users will be available to try out. No need to book.
The charity, Cycling Projects has secured funding from the Steve Morgan Foundation to set up Wheels for All centres over the next three years across Flintshire, Denbighshire, Conwy and potentially Gwynedd. The settings will be a mix of local parks, cycle greenways and athletics tracks, safe spaces for those trying cycling for the first time or returning after a long period away perhaps due to limiting health conditions.
New project co-ordinator, Janet Gregory, is working closely with occupational therapists, sports development, local council and healthcare staff.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to extend the 50+ Wheels for All centres already running successfully. We welcome the involvement of individuals, groups and families. If you would like to find out more, perhaps train as a volunteer, donate a bike, fundraise for us then please do get in touch with me.”
Janet Gregory, Wheels for All Co-ordinator North Wales: email@example.com 0746 914 8247
Steve Morgan Foundation: https://stevemorganfoundation.org.uk/
Founded in 2001 by Steve Morgan CBE, to support projects that help children and families, people with physical or learning disabilities, the elderly, or those that are socially disadvantaged in North Wales, Merseyside, Cheshire and North Shropshire.
Donate to Marlow Wheels For All and be entered in our prize draw
Our friends at Saddle Safari in Marlow are raffling a Trek road bike (worth over £2,000) with all proceeds going to Marlow Wheels For All.
There is a special JustGiving page (with a target of £2,500) for people to donate £5 and be entered in the draw. Tickets are also available in the Saddle Safari shop.
The Justgiving page is:
The draw is open to everyone and the winner will be chosen on 1st June.