Cycling UK were funded by the Lancashire County Council Gateway programme to deliver Community Cycle Clubs in partnership with "Healthy Streets". Over the first eighteen months 23 community cycling projects were identified and supported through the work of Cycling UK Cycling Development officer Damian Bonsall.
Great Harwood Healthy Streets Event

The Lancashire County Council 'Healthy Streets' [2]initiative is a community led programme intended to build on what communities already do best. It works alongside the County’s 20mph [3] speed limit programme to promote the feeling of safer walking and cycling opportunities around Lancashire communities. Local communities know best when it comes to what they want to be done through Healthy Streets and they have the deciding vote on actions to take. There are currently 26 areas in Lancashire involved in the Healthy Streets initiative.

Our main focus has been on capacity building by offering cycle training to help ensure the sustainability of the projects we are working with.

Damian Bonsall
Cycling UK Development Officer in Lancashire

Cycling UK as an Instructor Training Provider has been able to support community leaders with National Standard cycling qualifications (Bikeability).  We have also been able to offer Ride Leader, Ride Manager and our flagship Trail Leader courses. 

Where inclusive cycling needs were identified Cycling UK have also able to offer ‘Wheels for All’ through our partners at Cycling Projects [4].  All of the training is aimed at up-skilling the people who will lead group activities, either in their capacity as volunteers or paid staff for the long term sustainability of the community projects.

Damian has observed that "bike maintenance training courses are also very popular with the community groups we work with.  We recently ran a very successful series of sessions in Leyland training a community group from South Ribble and we had a really busy ‘Doctor Bike’ event in Great Harwood which resulted in seventy bikes being repaired in a three hour period."

As a result of our work alongside Lancashire County Council, Cycling UK has established an exciting and diverse range of community cycling groups that we will continue to support alongside Healthy Streets to increase the number of cycling journeys within communities across Lancashire and driving the associated health, leisure and economic benefits.

To learn more about the Lancashire Gateway programme you can contact Cycling UK Cycling Development Officer, Damian Bonsall on [5] or 07825 883572.