Back to fix-learn-ride in 2021

As social distancing restrictions across England begin to ease, the Big Bike Revival will return to deliver a full programme of events based on fixing bikes, teaching skills and leading bike rides
What's the Big Bike Revival all about this year?

We are excited about bringing Big Bike Revival back to its full capacity in 2021!

After delivering an adapted version of the programme last year in response to coronavirus and keeping the nation cycling by fixing bikes, we’re delighted to announce that we will not only be fixing broken bikes but also teaching valuable cycle and maintenance skills whilst encouraging people to share the fun of once again riding bikes together with others.

As we begin the Big Bike Revival year in the Spring we’ll be supporting people to get in the saddle and on every step of their journey until late Autumn. As the year unfolds and restrictions ease, delivery partners are advised to maintain adherence to the latest coronavirus health and safety advice and keep to social distancing guidance.

We continue to advise all delivery partners to follow national and local coronavirus guidance when delivering events throughout the year. For more information please see our coronavirus Q&A.

Who benefits from the Big Bike Revival?

The Big Bike Revival programme is for people returning to cycle or those starting as a complete beginner. In other words, it’s for people who do not cycle on a regular basis.


It's all about engaging the programme's target audience; people with social, economic and health needs; people from diverse backgrounds; people facing multiple challenges.

Meet our Cycling Heroes who have benefited from the Big Bike Revival programme.

Who can apply?

Delivery partners are typically volunteer led-groups, not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises that are rooted in local communities and working to address a range of local needs.


See the Application Guidance on who is eligible to apply and can be considered for delivery.

What events do I need deliver?

Our FIX-LEARN-RIDE events model is evidence-based; the three pillars represent the types of events that typically encourage people to change their behaviour and cycle more.

Use the model to plan your delivery around fixing bikes, teaching cycle and maintenance skills and taking people on led bike rides on local routes.

Where should I deliver the programme?

Anywhere locally in the community, ensuring events are accessible to everyone. We recommend locations with high footfall, choosing venues in the community or using your workshop to host.

When going out into the community you could choose outdoor green spaces, busy town centres, local fetes, fairs or market days.      

When do I need to deliver the programme?

The delivery period begins on 17 May and lasts until 31 December 2021.

Can I apply for grant funding to deliver the programme?

Small grants are available to support the delivery of your events. All requests for funding are subject to a review process, approval criteria and conditions.

There are two levels of grant funding available: grants up to £1,500, and grants up to £3,000

How do I apply?

Before you apply to participate in the programme please read; our Application Guidance so you know how to apply; and the Delivery Plan (schedules 1 and 2 of the Terms and Conditions) so you know what is expected of you.

When you’re equipped with your delivery plan and the information you need to submit, go to the online grant application.  

I have more questions

Read our FAQs if you have any questions, contact the Big Bike Revival team.

Alternatively, you can contact your local cycling development officer (CDO) with any questions:

Richard Andrews Norwich
Alex Appleyard-Keeling West Midlands, Coventry and Solihull
Dani Christmas South east coast, Worthing - Margate
Sarah Cunnold  Portsmouth
Lesley Easter      West Midlands Black Country
Toby Edwards London  
Ellen Holmes Greater Manchester 
Robert Maze Sheffield 
Vanessa Morris Birmingham 
Adam Pugh Newcastle  
Stewart Walsh     Liverpool City 
Zoe Westerman West Yorkshire

Resources for delivery partners