At 65 years young, Lindsey has no intention of slowing down. Having been a Bikeability instructor for 15 years, she is also a qualified bike mechanic and holds maintenance sessions alongside bike recycling projects, pool bike schemes in secondary schools and a ‘Cycling on Prescription’ project. She also set up a riding group in a psychiatric hospital for those with mental health issues.
Lindsey Bryan said…
"I first started cycling when, back in 2006, I joined an amazing team delivering cycle training principally to primary schools - not knowing I was embarking on the journey of my life.
"I not only found a voice and the confidence to deliver Bikeability to thousands of potential and existing riders, but the rewards in helping unlock the potential of individuals to master this wonderful life skill have been immeasurable.
"I have been fortunate to be involved in ‘training the trainers’, am a qualified City and Guilds bike mechanic / Dr Bike, have developed many initiatives locally including a bike recycling project, a pool bike scheme in a girls' secondary school bringing cycling into the core school curriculum, ‘Cycling on Prescription’ project, and setting up a social riding group in a large psychiatric hospital supporting individuals suffering from and receiving treatment for poor mental health.
Through my work I have gained a good understanding of the relationship between physical and mental health and the ‘meditative’ benefits of both individual and social group cycling
"Through my work I have gained a good understanding of the relationship between physical and mental health, and the ‘meditative’ benefits of both individual and social group cycling, which led me to explore yoga and qualify as a yoga teacher in 2020. My yoga skills have given me another dimension in my ability to promote, help, support and underpin my cycle training to empower individuals to be ‘conscious’ when riding, empowering them to reach their cycling potential through mind/body/breath.
"I have been very fortunate to have had many mentors and inspiring individuals on my cycling journey and hope, in some small way, I too have been able to inspire others. I love my ‘work’ and being able to connect with my environment promoting an activity I am passionate about to encourage positive change.
"As long as I can keep cycling I know I will keep ‘old age’ at bay!"
Lindsey was nominated for the 100 Women in Cycling by Joe Webb, who said:
"Lindsey inspires me and everyone she meets. Fact! Lindsey has been a Bikeability instructor for 15 years. In this time she has promoted cycling to all in Bromley and beyond. She is a 65 year old lady that inspires, empowers, celebrates and promotes cycling by example. She inspires by simply cycling everywhere, in all weathers.
Lindsey inspires me and everyone she meets. She has been a Bikeability instructor for 15 years. In this time she has promoted cycling to all in Bromley and beyond. She inspires, empowers, celebrates and promotes cycling by example
"She empowers by teaching Bikeability to all, passing on her knowledge as a qualified bike mechanic at cycle maintenance sessions. Also simply by encouragement.
"She celebrates everything to do with cycling, she has a vision for a tower sculpture made up from old bikes to be erected on one of the borough's roundabouts.
"She promotes cycling. She will always promote the benefits of cycling to anyone that cares to listen - well to be honest, to anyone, if they want to listen or not!
"One of the things she does is to work with a local women's refuge centre, using cycling group sessions to help with confidence building and letting the ladies know they are not alone.
"Lindsey has no intention of slowing down, she is making sure she is up to date with her knowledge by taking the recognised prior learning route for her Bikeability instructor's re-qualification."