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
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 email@example.com
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.’
I was taught the moon was made of cheese. It isn't. Somerset's roads are [emoji853]
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?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-no ... e-36286775
No excuse for the totally irresponsible motorcyclist though.
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.
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.
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...
The road north from Maratea is much prettier.
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
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.