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Get Cycling

Who benefits

People experience different barriers to cycling and Get Cycling events and programmes introduce people to cycling from all backgrounds and abilities, making cycling more inclusive, helping all types of people discover cycling

Cycling activities to meet needs

Get Cycling events and programmes aim to introduce beginners or novices from all backgrounds and abilities to cycling experiences.  These include one-off fun events, long regional tours, workplace seminars, wellbeing campaigns and behaviour change programmes. They provide solutions and services to the benefit of:

  • Local Authorities
  • Schools, SEN Schools, Colleges, Universities
  • Community Groups, Charities
  • Care Homes, Disability & Support Organisations
  • Family-Fun Days, Festivals, Sporting Events, Fundraising Days
  • Wellbeing, Fitness, Mental Health, Sustainability Campaigns
  • Workplaces
  • Training Venues, Team-Building, Networking Events
  • Event Planners, Hospitality Venues
  • Hotels, Holiday Parks
  • Activity Camps, Weekends Away, Cycling Holidays
  • Weddings, Proms, Children's Parties


Who Benefits

Pedal Powered Arcade

Get Cycling’s Pedal Powered Arcade, regularly booked for public, council and corporate events, draws people into conversations about cycling, sustainability, wellbeing, nutrition and the potential of the human body.

 

The arcade cycles are particularly effective in schools, where they use one or more of these machines: pedal-powered smoothie-maker, velodrome racing game, gramophone, bubble machine and slot car racing game.


Bike Try-Outs

  

Get Cycling’s Bike Try-Out Events provide a huge variety of cycles, equipment and techniques of persuasion. Their fleet of standard, eccentric and inclusive bikes are suitable for all ages, inclinations and cultural backgrounds. Bike Try-Out events, usually booked by local authorities and events organisers, provide participants with the chance to discover or rediscover cycling using a fleet of conventional and non-conventional cycles in a fun and friendly environment. They have been known to put 1600 people a day on cycles, but 800 is more normal, with one to one conversations wherever possible.

Whether public or private, scaled down or maxed out, these events are among their most popular - going down especially well with schools, businesses, councils, community groups, care homes and disability charities.

Cycles are selected by Get Cycling to match the user groups. They include Dutch-style city bikes, children’s cycles, folders, tandems, trikes, eccentric-wheeled bikes, miniature penny farthings and inclusive cycles. Often supplemented by a Junior Track for the under-sevens, and one or more static arcaded cycles.


Mega Bikes

Get Cycling’s MegaBikes supplement many of their larger events or they are booked individually for separate purposes. 

 

There’s a seven-seat CircleCycle, an eleven-seat PedalBus and a three-seat Rickshaw. They bring great fun, neighbour togetherness and teambuilding.


Those with special needs

 

Get Cycling CBS will support those with special needs, for whom cycling enables out-of-breath exercise, improved coordination, independent mobility, more social interaction, and development of motor skills. Get Cycling provide specific fun and try-out events for disability support groups such as BLESMA (limbless veterans), the Partially Sighted Association and regional Downs Syndrome support groups. The cycles used include trikes, adapted two-wheelers, handcycles, recumbents, wheelchair transporters, wheelchair tandems, companion cycles and steer-from-the-rear tandems. These inclusive events have also proven popular with care homes.

A further purpose of community investment is the launch of supported Inclusive Cycling Holidays, using our specialised cycles and highly experienced staff.

 

Get Cycling wish to expand their partnerships work with other community groups. The new CBS has already been promised a £15K starter grant and ongoing financial support (from one of its own trustees!) to run an exiting and innovative programme provisionally called Pedal for Plants. This is in conjunction with The Island, a charity which provides volunteer mentors for children from troubled backgrounds or living with mental illness. Get Cycling will enable mentors and mentees to cycle together in social groups to specific parts of the cyclepath network where experts will help them work on conservation and improvement of the path-side natural environment: clearing alien plant species, sowing wildflowers, planting trees, improving the habitat for birds and mammals. If this project proves successful Get Cycling will apply for a major grant from Children in Need.

Get Cycling CBS will continue with, and expand, its programme of guided rides, such as its Senior Cyclists Club (here pictured on a winter ride).

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