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People Empowering People Bike Club

It was a cold evening session at Leyton Square in Southwark, for People Empowering People Bike Club, but no one seemed to mind. The maintenance session was inundated with keen young people who wanted to fix their bikes or earn a bike for themselves by working on one donated by the local police.
Tarpaulin to the rescue at a wet al fresco maintenance session

The session was held at the adventure playground outside under a piece of tarpaulin to keep the worst of the rain off.

Four Bike Club leaders, Nicholas Okwulu, Hindolo Davies, Antonia Fofonah and David Lindsay helped young people fix their bikes and the session was busy all evening, with plenty of bikes being mended.

“The area here on the fringes of Peckham in Southwark is one of very high deprivation” said Nicholas Okwulu, an inspirational leader who helps local young people to help themselves."

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Breezing along with Trax

Trax is a Bike Club operating in a very disadvantaged area of London, near Boadwater Farm. Trax offer a wide range of cycling activities for everyone to enjoy. CTC's Frances Chaloner went to a Trax Breeze Ride for women on a bright autumnal morning.
Trax Containers with a good supply of pool bikes

I attended a Trax Breeze led ride on a Sunday in cold but very bright autumnal day - it was perfect for cycling.

We met up at the Trax containers near at Lordship Rec. This is where the pool bikes that Trax Bike Club members can borrow for sessions are stored.

The pool bikes were purchase with Smarter Travel funding (on road) and a Bike Club grant (off road). They have been very popular and allowed a lot of women to take part in the led rides.

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Lee Valley Cycle Ability Bike Club Leader Charlie Coates

Charlie Coates is working really hard as a Bike Club Leader at Lee Valley Cycle Ability Bike Club for disabled riders, their families, friends and carers. They have a great selection of adapted bikes at Stonebridge Lock that members can borrow for a lovely relaxing ride along the leafy park paths
Charlie Coates (centre) leading a group on the marshes

Charlie Coates is making a tremendous contribution to the running of Lee Valley Cycle Ability Bike Club.

The LVCA Bike Club meets every week at Stonebridge Lock at Lee Valley where they have a storage container for their bikes.

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MTB Bike Racing and BMX take off at the Trax

A great day of MTB bike racing on Lordship Loop, grass racing and the new BMX Club session took place recently at the home of the Trax Bike Club in London.
Impressive bike handling skills get this rider no 33 airborn

The Trax Bike Club meet up on a Saturday every week and have a lot to offer young people in the area who want to have a go at off road cycling. The area has had its fair share of problems, Lordship Recreation is next to the Broad Water Farm Estate where last year's riots started. The Trax Bike Club is really helping young people get involved in BMX and mountain biking

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Instructors working for CTC

If you are working as a Bikeability instructor for CTC you will need to record information about the training sessions you run. Here are the forms you will need.

The following documents are required by CTC's Bikeability providers. These are available for download below.

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Fife-based LinkLiving receives funding to help young people get on their bikes

LinkLiving has recently been awarded a grant of £2,000 to help start up a Bike Club for young people in Fife. On Tuesday 15 May, a number of staff and service users from LinkLiving visited Halfords Tour Series in Kirkcaldy to officially receive their grant and meet Team UK Youth.
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LinkLiving has recently been awarded a grant of £2,000 to help start up a Bike Club for young people in Fife.

 The funding will allow LinkLiving, part of the Link Group of charitable RSLs and social enterprises, to purchase key cycling equipment such as bikes and helmets to encourage the young people they work with to get involved in cycling activities.

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Rained off? Southwold en Bici Bike Club turn to turbo trainers

What can an after school Bike Club do if the weather is really bad? A primary school in Hackney has the perfect solution to keep the group meeting and their Bike Club's wheels turning.
Southwold en Bici Bike Club member, Bose, turbo training.

As I cycled up the canal towpath network from Canary Wharf to Hackney, to see Southwold en Bici Bike Club in action, the heavens opened giving me a good and proper soaking.

The path got very slippery, I applied my brakes with caution and greatly reduced my speed. I expected that the session would be cancelled due to the exceptionally bad weather.

However, the after-school Bike Club at Southwold School did not let the torrential downpours dampen their spirits, they all wanted to ride.

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Merthyr Tydfil Bike Club

A Transition Bike Club project has been established in Merthyr Tydfil engaging five primary schools as a 'stepping stone' to fully-fledged bike clubs in High School.
Merthyr Tydfil Bike Club

The Transition Bike Club Project encourages more young people to become involved in cycling. 

The participating primary schools are:

  • Heolgerrig Community Primary School
  • Cyfarthfa Junior School
  • Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Santes Tudful
  • Caedraw Primary
  • Twynyrodyn Community Primary School

The Transition Bike club is split into four periods during the academic year covering the following areas:

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Bike Club to launch in Wales

Bike Club is a project that engages with young people aged 10-20 by inspiring them to become participants and leaders of creative, fun and inclusive activities. A series of Bike Clubs will begin in Cardiff and surrounding areas that will help children and young people to learn new life skills.
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Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing Jane Davidson PM will be officially launching Bike Club in Wales at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff on 9 June.  

Bike Club is a project that engages with young people aged 10-20 by inspiring them to become participants and leaders of creative, fun and inclusive activities. A series of Bike Clubs will begin in Cardiff and surrounding areas that will help children and young people to learn new life skills through cycling. 

Contact Information: 

CTC Press Office
Email: publicity@ctc.org.uk
Telephone: 0844-736-8453

Notes to Editors: 

Bike Club’s launch will take place on Wednesday 9 June at 11.30am – 2.30pm in The Urdd Gobaith Cymru at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff. Reporters and photographers are welcome (we recommend attending between 12am-1pm for the keynote speakers).

Further information about Bike Club can be found at http://bikeclub.org.uk

Bike Club has been formed by a consortium of established national charities that are passionate about using cycling to help children and young people explore, learn and keep healthy. By working together as a team, the expertise of these three organisations is combined to make Bike Club an exciting project.

CTC, the national cycling charity, inspires and helps people to cycle and keep cycling, whatever kind of cycling they do or would like to do. Over a century’s experience tells us that cycling is more than useful transport; it makes you feel good, gives you a sense of freedom and creates a better environment for everyone.

ContinYou Cymru provides expertise in community learning and health improvement, fulfilling a major role in supporting the development of community focused schools across Wales and offering out of school hours and informal learning opportunities to children, young people and adults beyond the school day and curriculum. www.continyou.org.uk/cymru

Youth Cymru is a major youth work charity that supports youth workers, club leaders and their management committees in developing their programmes and meeting the priorities of the young people they work with in Wales. Youth Cymru in partnership with UK Youth operate the Youth Achievement family of Awards within Wales. www.youthcymru.org.uk

UK Youth is a national charity developing and promoting high quality youth work and educational opportunities for and with young people. It is the largest non-uniformed young people’s organisation, supporting a network of over 7,000 youth groups, clubs and projects across the UK, with over 750,000 young people engaged through these networks. Bike Club will offer opportunities to gain UK Youth’s Youth Achievement Awards through cycling activities.
www.ukyouth.org/
www.ukyouth.org/whatwedo/Programmes/YAA

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