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Bikeminded – Looking Back At 2013…


16/12/2013



As 2013 closes, we thought it would be a good opportunity to reflect on the projects that Bikeminded has hosted over the past year and when we look back, it looks like it’s been a really busy year! We’re very lucky that over the three years that Bikeminded has been in existence, people have regularly supported our events and we would like to thank everybody who has done that. Some projects we have hosted such as the Alice In Wonderland themed social ride, the Copenhagen Cycling Culture event with the Danish Embassy and more recently, Light Angels, have had a lot of media coverage, however we also work on many other projects of which you perhaps may not be aware…

 

Ride London

 

ONGOING PROJECTS

Cycle training
Did you know that here at Bikeminded we also promote cycle training courses offered by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea throughout the year? In fact, in 2012/13 we delivered cycle training to 1215 people (403 adults and 812 children) all to Bikeability National Standards. For those who may not know, Bikeability is the ‘new’ Cycling Proficiency and is for any age, adults and children alike. To book cycle training courses – free to those of you who live, work or study in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea – visit www.rbkc.gov.uk/cycling or email road.safety@rbkc.gov.uk

 

Dr Bike
We host public Dr Bike sessions throughout the year at locations across the Royal Borough, as well as sessions for local businesses and schools in the area. For more info, visit Dr Bike 

 

Exchanging Places
We also contribute Dr Bike surgeries to the Met Police Exchanging Places session where cyclists get the opportunity to sit in the lorry driver’s seat to see from their vantage point, as well as benefit from a Dr Bike and Met Police bike marking session.

 

Bike maintenance courses
Bikeminded promotes bike maintenance courses offered by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. This year alone, we have already had 50 people come through the beginner and intermediate courses and remember, if you live, work or study in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea or Hammersmith and Fulham, you get this for free. If you would like to know more or book your place on a course, visit Bike Maintenance Courses

 

John Bike Maintenance

 

School travel plans
We work with local schools in the borough to encourage pupils, staff and parents to cycle, walk or scoot to school as a way to look after their health and well-being and the environment. We provide cycle, scooter and pedestrian skills training, cycle and scooter storage and a range of walking and cycling initiatives, including small grants for schools to implement their own projects. There are currently 42 primary and secondary schools with a valid travel plan. For further information, visit School Travel Plans

 

Workplace travel plans
We have engaged with the three big museums (Natural History, Science and V&A), the four main hospitals and local businesses and charities such as Education First, innocent drinks and the Westway Development Trust to implement sustainable travel initiatives. We provide cycle training, Dr Bike at workplaces, bike promotion at events and a range of bespoke projects tailored to the workplaces’ needs. All the involved workplaces are part of a Travel Plan Network that meets twice a year. For further information, email cycling@rbkc.gov.uk 

 

Woman cycling

 

All Ability Cycling
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea offers All Ability cycling sessions delivered by experienced instructors from award-winning social enterprise Bikeworks. These free sessions promote ‘cycling for all’ with bicycles suitable for everyone’s needs in a safe and friendly environment. The inclusive cycling club is for everyone and is an opportunity to meet, talk and cycle together around the park for fun, leisure, health and fitness. For more information, visit All Ability Cycling , contact Bikeworks on 020 8980 7998 or email cycletraining@bikeworks.org.uk

 

Recycle The Way You Travel
Since January 2011 the Recycle The Way You Travel programme has given 150 adults and children the opportunity to learn basic cycle maintenance skills by practicing on an ‘abandoned bike’ that they can take home with them once they have made it roadworthy and completed a session of cycle training. Participation is offered to community groups who are most likely to benefit from the mobility and health benefits that owning and knowing how to maintain a bike can bring. For further information, email cycling@rbkc.gov.uk

 

Like Riding A Bike
We launched a sister website called Like Riding A Bike to cater for the needs of people who are just starting out on their cycling experience. With a wide variety of helpful tips and info for the ‘novice’ rider, this site was set up to encourage people that cycling can be fun. Visit Like Riding A Bike 

 

Green LRAB

 

2013 PROJECTS

 

Light Angels
We’d like to continue raising awareness amongst cyclists of the importance of using lights at night. It is certainly a safety issue, so with this in mind, we’ve relaunched our Light Angels project, giving out lights to generous cyclists who stop their lightless peers to give them a set of our lights. From 2-20 December 2013, if you’d like the chance to pass on some of our lights to other cyclists and you live, work, study or cycle through the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea or Hammersmith and Fulham, you can sign up to be a Light Angel. We’ll post 5 sets of lights to you to get you started. So if you’d like to become a Light Angel, visit Light Angels 

 

 

Social Rides
From cake and coffee rides to Blue Plaque tours and theatrically themed rides such as Alice in Wonderland and Halloween, we like to come up with unusual ways to encourage people to discover quieter routes and beautiful corners of the Royal Borough to cycle people to cycle more and these rides have always been incredibly popular with people who ride and who want to ride more in the Royal Borough. For more information, visit Bikeminded themed rides and tours.

 

Cake and Coffee Ride

 

Bikeminded Film Festival
Inspired by the fantastic film ‘Janapar’, we created our own film festival which we hosted in the beautiful art-deco splendour of the fabulous Notting Hill Coronet cinema in the summer. With excellent speakers including renowned cycling blogger Mark Ames (aka IBikeLondon), screenings of Bikeminded Cycle Shorts from our 2012 competition and a sold-out venue, an incredible night was had by all! Visit Bikeminded Film Festival 2013 

 

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Bike Polo
We have worked together with the London Hardcourt Bike Polo Association to deliver weekly bike polo sessions at the Westway Sports Centre over the past 2 years including 2 very popular tournaments and even coverage on US network TV coverage. Visit our bike polo blog or our Bikeminded West London Bike Polo Facebook page for more information.

 

 

BIKEMINDED PROJECT ARCHIVE
For more information on other Bikeminded projects, visit the Bikeminded Archive or click on the projects below:

Copenhagen Cycling Culture

Cycle Shorts competition

Bike heroes

Style the cyclist

 

 

BIKEMINDED 2014 
We’re looking forward to lots of exciting new projects in 2014 such as the Bikeminded Film Club and lots of other things we have up our sleeves. We’d also like to thank you for your support for Bikeminded and we wish you all a wonderful festive season.

 

See you in the New Year!

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