Supporting Healthy Streets

Great Harwood Healthy Streets Event

Supporting Healthy Streets

Cycling UK was funded by the Lancashire County Council Gateway programme to deliver Community Cycle Clubs in partnership with the county's 'Healthy Streets' initiative. Over the first 18 months, 23 community cycling projects were identified and supported through the work of Cycling UK Cycling Development Officer Damian Bonsall.

Lancashire County Council's 'Healthy Streets' initiative is a community-led programme intended to build on what communities already do best. It works alongside the county’s 20mph speed limit programme to promote the feeling of safer walking and cycling opportunities around Lancashire communities. Local communities know best about what they want to be done to promote Healthy Streets and they have the deciding vote on what actions are taken. 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 has also been able to offer ‘Wheels for All’ through our partners at Cycling Projects. All of the training is aimed at training the people who will lead group activities, either in their capacity as volunteers or paid staff, helping secure the long-term sustainability of community projects.

Damian 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 70 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. This will help increase the number of cycling journeys made in communities across Lancashire and drive 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 damian.bonsall@cyclinguk.org.uk or 07825 883572.

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