Cycling Projects Fund 2007

Following on from the success of last year's project fund we decided to again invite local groups & communities to come up with ideas that would help boost cycling in the District.

Successful Projects

Healthy Living Centre
The HLC's project aims to increase access to cycling for people in need by organising a series of local rides & providing skills and training.
What's happened so far?
7 bikes and ancillaries have been purchased through Pedal Power,  thereby supporting a local project and encouraging recycling
We have developed a questionnaire within the Healthy Living Centre to establish people's attitudes to cycling (ie whether they have a bike, can ride a bike, etc.). 
Using the questionnaire, we have established a group of non-cyclists and returners and organised cycle training on Wednesdays 4-6pm.
These sessions are organised in partnership with Pedal Power, who have provided a qualified and experienced trainer
A more advanced cycle ride is due to start on Wed 13 June. This will enable riders to progress as they gain confidence.
For more information
Please contact:
Sandra Elsworth
Morecambe Healthy Living Centre
Grass Roots @ St Barnabas
Westminster Rd
Tel 01524 425531 
Morecambe Bay Primary School
2 parents have passed the Safer Cycling Certificate. They already have some equipment in terms of cones etc, but do rely on the children bringing in their own bikes.
This project seeks to equip the school with approximately 10 bikes, a number of scooters, 20 helmets and 80 high visibility vests so cycling can be promoted in a safe environment whilst ensuring that no child misses the session because he or she does not have a bike.
Moorside Primary School
- How to Persuade a Parent to Let you Cycle to School Writing Competition
- Celebrate Cycling Random Rewards
- Cycle Path Opening Event
Wheely Good Communities
A community based, family friendly cycling initiative, aiming to actively support and encourage families to get out riding together, to build cycling skills and confidence and increase cycle usage for leisure, pleasure and local trips in and around rural communities.
The project aims to address common barriers to participation, especially amongst underrepresented groups like women and children.
Barton Road Youth and Community Centre
Barton Road Youth and Community Centre has a membership of 14 affiliated groups with an estimated 500 users of the centre. Six of these groups provide services for children and young people including five youth groups (inc; Young Womenís group, Boys project work, Hindu youth dance group and junior & senior youth groups) and an after-school and holiday club.
This funding will help towards costs to provide bikes, equipment and training to enable youth & play-work staff to plan and organise cycling trips and events with a variety of aims and objectives.
- More information about the Community Centre here
Pedal Power
Funds will be used to provide an improved Dr Bike Mobile Service.
For information on Pedal Power and their activities call them on 01524 65328.
Lancaster & Morecambe College
The College (one of our key employers) are keen to encourage more staff to cycle with a range of incentives including the provision of staff pool bikes, Bike 2 Work days, bike rides and lockers.
ChristChurch Primary School
The School held a Cycling Fun Day on July 16th supported by the local police and local cycle shop DynoStart. Activities on the day included security coding, competitions and an obstacle course.
Year 6 pupils are currently undertaking Passport to Safer cycing with the County Council and have been provided with fluorescent tabard and a repair kit.
Skerton Community High School
The school's travel survey found that some pupils would like to cycle to school but donít have a bike. In conjunction with Pedal Power the school ran a series of 6 workshops - for pupils who didn't own a bike or have the means to buy one - during which they can learn bike building / maintenance and create their own bike.
Go Ride
In partnership with local cycling clubs, a new club tailored for young people aged from 8 to 16, will meet weekly at Salt Ayre cycle racing circuit. Sessions are run by qualified British Cycling coaches.
Lancashire Constabulary
The grant was used to purchase an additional patrol bike for a PCSO based in Lancaster.
Bolton-le-Sands Guides
The project aims to:
  • Increase cycling participation (under-represented group)
  • Increase knowledge of cycling opportunities incl routes, maintenance & safety
  • Encourage Guides to cycle as a means of transport.
  • Increase cycling skill levels
The grant was used to provide the Guides with bells and high viz vests, as well as maintenance and skills training.
Comments from the Skills Training in February 2008:
"I thought the day was a lot of fun and quite educational"
"It was great but it was a bit mucky and exhausting"
It was very good but a bit short it would be better if longer!