Cycle South Ribble

Background

Cycle South Ribble was a borough wide cycling project with a number of key cycling agencies, health care professionals and community groups to establish a coordinated programme of cycling based activities for all members of the community.

Cycling is a convenient and accessible means of transport that is environmentally friendly, enjoyable economic and efficient. At a time when many people are not so active, cycling offers a means of adding pleasant and regular exercise to people’s lives, which has been proven to benefit individual’s physical and mental wellbeing.

The programme included;

  • recruiting volunteers to become champions for cycling, leading local cycle rides and clubs
  • oppoprtunities for all levels of abilities, gender and ages
  • encourage more families and young people to participate in cycling
  • educate young people about riding a bike safely
  • develop social cycling groups
  • provide a legacy of mapped recreational cycle routes in South Ribble

The project was delivered by South Ribble Borough Council's Sports Development team.

The Impact

  • Delivered Tots on Tyres level 1 in 37 primary schools 2100 4-5 yr olds participated.
  • Delivered Tots on Tyres Level 2 in 36 primary schools 1080 4-5 yr olds participated.
  • Ran 2 community Tots sessions 10 families participated.
  • Bikeability Level 1-2 delivered in 38 schools 2090 yr 5/6 pupils trained.
  • Bikeability Level 1 delivered in 16 schools 480 yr 4 pupils trained.
  • Delivered Scootsafe in 29 schools 870 yr 3 pupils participated
  • Ran 24 Sky Ride Local Rides 280 people participated
  • 185 Buddies signed up to take part in social cycling across South Ribble
  • 29 volunteers have participated in training
  • A total of 7124 people have benefited from the project
  • The Future

    The project has enabled the Sports Development Team at South Ribble Borough Council to address the development of cycling across the borough.

    The scheme focused on specific target groups, developed new partnerships and purchased equipment which will enable the work to continue.

    The opportunity the funding has brought enabled the team to pilot individual schemes and has been essential in terms of building up the profile in the primary schools and getting teachers to appreciate the importance of children learning to ride a bike as soon as possible.

    The team will now continue to develop their work with cycling and will continue to deliver the Tots on Tyres Programme, Scootsafe and Bikeability in local primary schools.

    If you wish to contact the South Ribble Sports Development Team to find out more, or about how you can be involved, you can email them on sports@southribble.gov.uk