Sheffield Cycleboost (A partnership of Pedal Ready, Recycle Bikes and Get Cycling) won an award for Cycling Initiative of the year at the first CycleSheffield awards ceremony on Monday 15th December.
Sheffield Cycling 4 All scheme – which runs sessions in Hillsborough Park – was awarded Grassroots Initiative of the year. Olympic torchbearer Caroline Waugh, who collected the award, learned to cycle on a trike after a car accident left her with brain injuries.
She said: “I’m disabled and cycling has totally changed my life – I want it to change others’ lives because I know what it is like not to have freedom.”
Chain bike business – Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative: cycle infrastructure – Sheffield
railway station cycle hub: media cycling story – Adam Page, Princess Abumere, Chelsea Hawkins and Aminah Jagne: cycling
initiative – Sheffield Cycleboost, independent bike business – Bike Rehab: campaigner of the year – Karen Hisom: best grassroots cycling on social media – Ellen Beardmore, The Star: best act of kindness – Claire and Darren Harrison and grassroots cycling initiative of the year – Sheffield Cycling for All.
We hope to continue our indoor learn to ride venue at Collegiate Campus (Hallam Uni) , in the autumn.
Pedal Ready can deliver cycle training to Y5 and Y6 children at schools. Qualified trainers deliver Bikeability levels 1 & 2 on the playground and on quiet roads close
to the school.
Children who complete the course will be able to apply the techniques they have learned to make their cycling safer.
Anyone interested in booking a course at their
school or parents with queries about the course should contact (0114) 2412775 or email@example.com
Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central, took part in a city centre cycling skills session last week led by Pedal Ready instructor Ken Woodhouse.
Paul Blomfield said:
“I’ve been a cyclist all of my life, but I learned a lot in the Pedal Ready session about how to ride in traffic in the city. Doing the cycling skills session has made me recognise the risks I was taking by getting things like my positioning on the road wrong. It will definitely make my cycling safer.
“As a car driver you’re not able to drive on the roads
without training, but training for cyclists hasn’t always been available. I’d say to people thinking about cycling to work, school or university that it’s worth learning about cycling skills, and not assuming you know how to negotiate urban traffic. With a basic level of training and better road awareness and understanding there’s really nothing to worry about.”
Pedal Ready’s sessions are available free to everyone in Sheffield, and offer help and advice to cyclists at every level from beginner to regular commuter.
Paul Blomfield is one of over a hundred MPs of all parties calling for a government action plan on increasing cycling, which encourages measures to include training.