Bikeability Club Newsletter – August 2019

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1. Welcome!

For new subscribers – thank you for signing up to receive this newsletter from the Bikeability Trust, for previous subscribers – welcome back! We hope you find the content informative.

Do check out our new look website: bikeability.org.uk with lots of advice and resources in the Bikeability Club and Cycle More pages.

The next draw for the on-going Halfords Win a Bike competition will be: w/c 26th August 2019 and the winner will be announced within a couple of weeks of that date.

All those taking part in Bikeability (and their parents/teachers!) don’t forget you can access a free bike check at your local Halfords, also take advantage of the 10% off Halfords bikes and accessories, with vouchers available to download through the Bikeability Club.


2. Bike to School Week – take part!

Bike To School Week logo

Bike To School Week will take place from Monday 23 – Friday 27 September 2019.

This year we are partnering with Susrans to promote Bike to School Week. It’s is a great way for children, parents and teachers all to give travelling to and from school by bike a go! And along the way to enjoy the fresh air and freedom that cycling provides, find out the best cycling routes around your neighbourhood, and put your cycle training skills to good use.

We encourage you all to get involved (and spread the word!) – there are lots of support resources for parents and teachers to help with organising activities. Check out: Sustrans website now, and the Bikeability website from Tuesday 27th August.

Use the hashtag #BikeToSchoolWeek to share any activities you complete during your week.

There’s also a Bike to School Week story competition with a NEW child’s bike as a prize!
Share your stories about cycling to school to win a bike, a Carrera Abyss 24 inch wheel suitable for 8 – 9 years old.
You can enter now by submitting your story here – scroll down to the submit a story link and make sure you state Bike to School Week 2019 in the title.


3. Bikeability Ambassadors – We need you!

We are looking for parents who are interested in becoming Bikeability Ambassadors for The Bikeability Trust. This would involve voluntarily providing a small amount of time every so often to act as a sounding board for future projects and/or working with us to develop stories and quotes about your families’ cycling experiences. If you are interested in finding out more please email: contactus@bikeability.org.uk


4. This month’s story

We talk to Sarah, a cycling instructor and mum with three children about cycling and Bikeability, who has some really useful ideas about cycling for families, and answers the following questions. Read the full interview here.

1. Why is cycling an easy sport to get children interested in?
2. How can you encourage your child to enjoy cycling?
3. In what ways does it improve their fitness/ mental wellbeing?
4. How can children take it further – are there clubs/ groups to join?
5. Does it matter what kind of equipment you have?

For this and more click here.

We’d love to hear about your cycling adventures – share your stories, photos and feedback with us: contact@bikeability.org.uk


5. OurBikesOurAdventure

The summer national campaign – #OurBikesOurAdventure – to encourage children and families to put their Bikeability skills into practice over the summer period, have fun and experience the great outdoors together is now in full swing. Read more here.

Don’t forget to tag us in your family’s cycling adventures this summer using: #OurBikesOurAdventure


6. Top Tip of the Month

Your children may be capable of more than you think! You can follow the progress of Bikeability instructor Will and his young son touring around Ireland on homemade bamboo bikes (!) with daily updates on his Twitter account.

And this loop of Lake Vyrnwy in Wales was completed by our very own Partnerships Manager and his 5 and 6 year old children. Of course with a few stops and ice cream rewards!

For other resources, including how to cycle as a family, and where to ride, please click here.

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