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Play on Pedals Report

Play on Pedals blog - 31 January 2017 - 11:53am
Play on Pedals has reached the end of the People’s Postcode Lottery funding and has a produced a report to highlight the project’s achievements over the last two and a half years. You can read the report here: play-on-pedals-report-january-2017 The project has supported over 7,000 children to gain confidence, self-esteem, resilience and language skills while having fun on bikes. Children have also increased their physical activity levels and have demonstrated improved balance, coordination, strength and gross motor skills. Instructors have commented on how their training has helped give them ideas and confidence delivering outdoor, physical play sessions, in a fun and engaging environment. They have also noted how Play on Pedals is a great way to bring parents into the early years settings to participate and observe their children achieving this important life skill of riding a pedal bike. Parents have had the opportunity to volunteer to deliver the programme as well as attend community events and gain skills in maintenance and carrying out safety checks on bikes. Play on Pedals has worked closely with local hero organisations (community groups, local bike shops, charities and faith groups) and made new local networks and community links. Groups have hosted events, fixed and distributed bikes, held secondhand bike amnesties and worked with ‘clusters’ of local early years establishments to engage families and young children in the project. The report highlights a desire from families to participate in cycling activities, with high numbers attending events and Instructors noting a new enthusiasm from parents to become involved. Barriers including safe cycling infrastructure, costs of equipment, lack of space to store bikes at home and low use of bikes by parents and grandparents have been recognised. However, Play on Pedals provides a structured and progressional means to engage children and their families in cycling from an early age, offering support and advice to encourage more people to cycle for fun and enjoyment.

Play on Pedals celebration event

Play on Pedals blog - 26 January 2017 - 5:01pm

Today we’re celebrating the end of our People’s Postcode Lottery funding and reaching our target of 7,000 preschool children engaged in Play on Pedals (final numbers at 7,148).

Children and participating groups came to our event to celebrate along with project partners Cycling UK Cycling Scotland Play Scotland and Glasgow Bike Station. The children made cycling crowns and showed off their new cycling skills outside in the sunshine while partners of the project presented their achievements and final numbers. Awards were given out to all the wonderful individuals and groups who have delivered activities and cycling opportunities and prizes of outdoor chalk and colourful balancing mats were given to early years establishments.

We are so proud and lucky to have worked with so many lovely and committed people over the last 2.5 years and want to say a HUGE thank you to all those who have supported Play on Pedals.

We will continue to deliver events and preschool cycling opportunities in Glasgow until end of May and *hopefully* beyond as part of the new Glasgow Community Cycle Network – more info to come on this.

Right now we’d like to give a huge thanks to the following groups who, along with all the early years establishments, have made Play on Pedals so successful….

South West Community Cycles Lambhill Stables Dumbarton Road Corridor Environment Trust De’ils on Wheels Wheel Fix-It Free Wheel NorthDrumchapel Cycle Hub SoulRiders Scotland Glasgow Sport Glasgow Museums Glasgow ParkLives 3D Drumchapel Al-Meezan CrossReach Daisy Chain Early Years Project The Urban Fox Programme FARE Easthall Park Housing Co-operative Kinning Park Complex Tron St Mary’s Parish Church Urban Roots Playbusters Cranhill Development Trust Milnbank Housing Association Glasgow City Council



Play on Pedals Celebration Event

Play on Pedals blog - 19 January 2017 - 12:05pm

We’ve reached the end of our 2.5 year project supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery and we’d like you to come and help us celebrate!

See below flyer for details, you are welcome to come and hear about our successes and see some of the kids who’ve been part of the project demonstrating their skills.

Please RSVP to polly.jarman@cyclinguk.org

Play on Pedals reaches target numbers

Play on Pedals blog - 19 January 2017 - 11:52am


Before Christmas Play on Pedals celebrated reaching over 7,148 children since we began two and a half years ago.

Children celebrated with Santa at a Play on Pedals drop-in session in Govan on Saturday 3rd December, where they had the opportunity to try out balance and pedal bikes and receive support from Play on Pedals Instructors to learn to pedal; Dr Bike mechanics also provided bike safety checks and Santa was there to meet and congratulate the children.

This event was one of 230 community events we have delivered across Glasgow since 2014. We’ve also trained 364 instructors and instructor Trainers to teach children to ride, and given grants to 35 Hero Organisations to develop the project locally. 182 nurseries and childcare establishments across the city now have trained Play on Pedals Instructors.

The children that have learned to cycle with Play on Pedals have developed both physically and socially, with changes to their confidence, resilience and interactions with their peers being noted by instructors. Those who have learnt through their early years establishments have enjoyed at least eight weeks on the bikes, learning how to balance, steer, brake and pedal.

 Over 550 balance and pedal bikes are now in use across Glasgow thanks to the project, enabling the continued delivery of training and activities for preschool children.

Polly Jarman, Play on Pedals Development Officer said:

‘We are delighted to have reached so many children with Play on Pedals; we’ve worked really hard to deliver high quality training and to provide lots of fun opportunities for children to get involved, so we are over the moon to have achieved our dream. It’s been a huge but massively rewarding challenge, and we want to thank the groups and individuals across the city who have supported the project and helped us to enable every preschool child in Glasgow to ride a bike.’


Fill the hole website

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 20 May 2016 - 1:23pm
Mick F wrote:If I were to report every pothole I see locally, I'd be on the site permanently.

I was taught the moon was made of cheese. It isn't. Somerset's roads are [emoji853]

Re: Fill the hole website

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 20 May 2016 - 11:21am
Mick F wrote:It's been years since I reported any.

Today, out for a ride, I counted 21 potholes between Tavistock town centre in the affluent county of Devon to the county border. 4.5miles of A390.
From the border over the bridge into the EU Objective One funded county of Cornwall to the village of Gunnislake, I counted 25 potholes. This is still the A390 but this distance is only half a mile.

Report 'em all??????

This is before I even count them on the minor roads.
They are too numerous to count.

Cornwall Council do seem to have a lot of money available for the up-keep of the highways. When I went back at Easter, on Good Friday there was a huge road sweeper cleaning a lane (which appeared pretty clean already) on the outskirts of Troon (population ~ 5000). Anything to do with double time?

Re: Sally Shalloe

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 20 May 2016 - 11:10am
It was said on the TV report that street furniture did play a part in the collision. There a large grey cabinet on the central reservation, that obscures the view of traffic in the outside lane for anyone waiting to cross at the toucan crossing. So the cyclist waiting to cross, couldn't see the approaching motorcyclist and vice versa. You can see the cabinet in the 3rd photo in this report:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-no ... e-36286775

No excuse for the totally irresponsible motorcyclist though.

Re: Where to leave the car

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2016 - 10:32am
Same as above. I offer the campsite a "fee" for leaving my car, and so far they have said yes to leaving the car and no to my offer of money.

Re: Fill the hole website

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 20 May 2016 - 9:32am
Fill that hole is good in that you don't have to know the authority to deal with, it handles that for you. Having said that I posted that a 100yd section of a major A-road( dual carriageway ) was in serious disrepair and potentially dangerous. About 2 weeks later I receieved an email via fill that hole, "Dear Mr Windbag the road in question is not part of our authorized network you must contact the highways agency". I thought sod it I'm not chasing around when you could forward my email, then about a week later the whole 1-200yd section was resurfaced, and repainted . On a dualled A-road I think it was either a good response from those responsible or my timing fitted with their plans anyway?

Beyond that I responded to a repair on fill that hole via the email reply saying leave comments about the work done. I did as the repair was comlete rubbish, I then got an email from CTC saying the authority wouldn't have seen my response as they don't go through...... ehhh? So not sure about that part of it.

Re: south italy nightmare...help!

We were there in Southern Italy about three weeks ago and found the coast road from Maratea northward around the Cilento Peninsula to Agropoli to be very pleasant. In two weeks cycling met only two other (Canadian) cycle tourists!

Re: Fill the hole website

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 20 May 2016 - 8:46am
mjr wrote:Fix my street emails me every month to ask if reported problems have been fixed. Highways have an incentive to mark things as fixed regardless.
My problem is remembering where the ones I've reported were. If on a ride you report 10, then 10 next ride, 10 next, remembering to note in the 1st 10 have been repaired a month later is beyond me (without turning it into a massive administrative task).

Certainly on Fill My Hole website Norfolk were never marking any repairs they made as having been repaired. The site does have rankings, and I'd have thought the Council would be keen to look good on the rankings. But if they are not aware of the rankings or if the site has too low a profile or it is just a fiddle to make complete I guess the extra work isn't worthwhile.


Re: New Route Planner

Glad people like it! Clicking it twice for new routes is 100% intentional. Broadly speaking, it works by choosing a bearing (e.g. due north), and looking for a route around that bearing. Clicking the button again chooses a new random bearing.

The urban issue is interesting. cycle.travel already has a slight overall penalty for routes in cities, mostly to stop long-distance routes gratuitously swerving into cities where there are lots of traffic-free routes (e.g. Birmingham on LEJOG). Ultimately I'd like to "paint" each route with some sort of attractiveness score - so the Regent's Canal towpath, for example, is more attractive than the roadside path along the A4 in West London. But doing that with standard database queries is really slow. I think I know how I can do it, but it'll require some pretty complex coding. Would be fun though...

Re: south italy nightmare...help!

Will watch this thread with interest. Gioia Tauro is infamous as a hotbed of the fearsome 'ndrangheta, who some have said make the mafia look like pussies. A very substantial part of Italy's trade goes through the massive port and that organisation makes sure that it gets its cut of everything.

Re: Sally Shalloe

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 20 May 2016 - 8:15am
A very sad case. And so ridiculously unnecessary. I have often wondered at the mentality of motorcyclists who ride like that. It's not all motorcyclists, of course. There are lots of good ones out there. Some cyclists I know are motorcyclists. But there is a tribe of lunatic motorcyclists who seem to see their activity as a sort of video game, dodging, diving and positively embracing risk. Risk is the thrill. And because of that I don't think the length of sentences will make one iota of difference to their behaviour. They risk their own lives with what they do, so why would prison deter them? What might influence them is increasing the chances of getting caught. Detection. I hope that GPS devices might help with that in the not too distant future. Imagine if every motor vehicle had a "black box" constantly reporting position and speed. Spot checks at motorcyclists cafes on bank holidays to deal with anyone not carrying an active device. It may strike some as "snooping", but I don't care about that if it protects our loved ones from the nutters.

Re: New Route Planner

It's quite nice to go take a look at a big city on two wheels, isn't it?

Re: Fill the hole website

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 20 May 2016 - 7:47am
Fix my street emails me every month to ask if reported problems have been fixed. Highways have an incentive to mark things as fixed regardless.

Re: south italy nightmare...help!

I recently (3 weeks ago) rode from Amantea down to Gioia Tauro. After two days of dealing with uninteresting sights and lots of traffic, I took the train from Gioia Tauro to Messina (ferry to Messina). My advice would be to take the train up to Maratea and save yourself the torture of riding that portion of the coast.

The road north from Maratea is much prettier.

Bikepacking Handlebar Bag for Surly Big Dummy

Cycling UK Forum - MTB - 20 May 2016 - 6:08am
Could anyone make a recommendation for me please?

So far I've looked at the new offering from Ortlieb and I've glanced over Alpkit's kit. This is for my Surly Big Dummy which essentially has a MTB set up in front hence deciding to post in this section.

Is @Bigdummysteve still out there?

Thanks in advance...b

Re: south italy nightmare...help!

Many thanks...looks like Maratea or bust!

Re: south italy nightmare...help!

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2016 - 12:10am
I see there's a Decathlon in Gioia Tauro, out on the Via Nazionale ss111 just south east of where it crosses the a3, which is the opposite of what you asked for but may be of use anyway.

Or, on the ss111, 200m SE of where it meets the ss18 is Barbaro Moto Yamaha, a moto shop with some pics of (pedal) bikes on exterior.
Via Strada Statale 111, 49, 89013 Gioia Tauro RC, Italy

I came upon a cycling blog saying how dreadful Rosarno was in 2015. Racial tensions, black guys on bikes, white guys in cars, piles of rubbish everywhere, just a bad scene. But if you get towards Maratea, things look up! http://www.bikemotorpoint.com/ seems like a good repair bet if you need one towards the end of day 2.
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