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CYCLING

Lancaster is a National Cycling Demonstration Town
A cycling guide for the area is now available, free of charge, from Lancaster and Morecambe TIC or by visiting the celebrating cycling website www.celebratingcycling.org which carries masses of local info on cycling, commuting by bike, cycle skills training, group rides, cycle routes, you name it.

Bike Aid Lancashire County Council TravelWise green funding gives 50-90% grants to organisations towards installing bike racks and lockers. Tel: 01772 264144

BICYCOLOGY (LANCASTER)
Bicycology is a cyclists' collective that offers a range of activities to promote cycling and make the links with wider issues of environmental and social responsibility stating that ‘we use our passion for cycling to pursue our vision of a just and sustainable world through a combination of education, entertainment and creative direct action.’
Bicycology was formed by riders who wanted to build on their shared experience of the 2005 G8 Bike Ride and organise future events of a similar nature. Their website has a range of innovative tips and games and they have been involved in Cyclists Road shows, the Heathrow Climate Change camp and all sorts of other anarchically fun schemes!
Funding-by donations, fees and occasional grants.

Bike Buddies
Ever thought about cycling to work but lack confidence? Scared off by the steely-thighed cyclocrats in the bike shops? Need a little support in getting started? If so, then the Bike Buddy Scheme could be right up your alley! It's a free service for local residents to help new and returning cyclists to get to grips with cycling by helping them to find a suitable route from their home to work.
Bike Buddies are all experienced cyclists with a local good knowledge and able to map out the most suitable route for any required journey, whether it be to work, the supermarket, health centre or community hall.
By completing a simple questionnaire asking a few basic questions about your cycling abilities, you will be matched with a buddy who will contact you by phone or by email to discuss your requirements and arrange a convenient time and date to meet up for a dummy run of the journey.
Buddies will also be on hand to give information on the local cycle network, to give tips on riding safely in traffic, varying environments and weather conditions and offer advice on equipment, accessories and basic bike maintenance.
If you are interested in joining the scheme, simply contact the Cycling Demonstration Town Team on 01524 582086, or in writing to: Bike Buddy, Lancaster City Council, Palatine Hall, Dalton Square, Lancaster, LA1 1PW. The application form and questionnaire is also available on their website: www.celebratingcycling.org.

Bogtrotters Mountain Bike Club
Based in Lancaster, we run regular off-road rides all year round for all levels of ability with an emphasis on fun"
Tel. 01524 843474 or 01524 416388

Budgie Bikes Hire
Unit 10, Victoria Court, Penny St, Lancaster LA1 1XN.
Tel: 01524 389410
Award-winning and very accessibly-priced scheme. Budgie Bikes are available to hire from Garstang Marina and various other local outlets, including a meet and greet service.
Please ring for details.

Celebrate Cycling
Lancaster is a National Cycling Demonstration Town
A cycling guide for the area is now available, free of charge, from Lancaster and Morecambe TIC or by visiting the celebrating cycling website www.celebratingcycling.org which carries masses of local info on cycling, commuting by bike, cycle skills training, group rides, cycle routes, you name it.
You can also get free 1:1 cycle training (and even the loan of a bike to train on). To book a session call 01524 582392 or email your details to celebratingcycling@lancaster.gov.uk. If you don't want to go it alone, you can also join a group session. For this option call Pedal Power on 01524 65328 to find out more.

Cyclists Touring Club - Lancaster
See website for runs dates.
New Members: Participants on runs must bring lunch, drink, money, 2 spare inner tubes + pump, toolkit, working lights + 10p subs. Contact: Runs Secretary Ray Moss Tel: 01524 735823 or Club Secretary Mike Hutchinson Tel: 01524 36061.
Non-members will be requested to join after initial few rides with the club. (Non-members are not covered by the CTC insurance policy.)

DYNAMO CYCLING CLUB
Lancaster & District Cycle Campaign
. Dynamo is a broad-based group, established in 1994, to work with official bodies, other cycling organisations and interested individuals to promote cycling as a safe, enjoyable and healthy means of transport.
In addition to campaigning, we also organise regular cycle rides to cater for riders of all abilities.  We also produce an informative and entertaining newsletter (free to members). 
We encourage novices, occasional cyclists, families, commuters and serious cyclists alike to join the rides. Nobody will be left behind. For essential info see website and blog.
Membership secretary tel: 01524 63641

Freewheelers
Workers' co-op with workshop in Denis St, Lancaster, that offers bike repairs and sells bike parts and accessories, with a focus on British made and environmentally friendly products, when possible, such as Green Oil products. It's also a place to pick up a decent second hand bike.
It also runs maintenance courses (including women-only) with a focus on hands on learning, and a tool club, that everyone can join, for an annual membership fee, to use the workshop's tools and facilities to repair their own bicycle. Check website for up-to-date opening hours.
www.freewheelersbicycleworkshop.org.uk

Pedal & Scoot
Works with schools, community groups and individuals in the Lancaster area, and further afield on request. We provide the support, training and skills that children and adults need in order to become confident cyclists.  We also provide staff training to enable you to create a cycling culture within your setting. Each piece of work is tailored to your needs. Some schools choose short courses, others opt to have a longer-term involvement with Pedal & Scoot. Please note that Pedal & Scoot provides a different and complimentary service to the Bikeability training for year 5 & 6 pupils. We offer early years training and much more… Do take a look at our case studies on our website to get a flavour of our work.
Visit Pedal & Scoot on facebook

Pedal Power (Furniture Matters)
C/O Furniture Matters, Vickers Industrial Estate, Mellishaw Lane, Morecambe, LA3 3FB Tel. 01524 426622. Appointments only.
Supplies second hand bikes through their ebay site — look for seller ID furniturematters.
They also supply bike parts.
Call 01524 65328 for details or email pedalpower@FurnitureMatters.org.uk

Lancaster Cycling Club

Rough Stuff Fellowship (S. Lakes Group)
Founded in 1955 for cyclists who love by-ways and tracks. Does not stage competitive events, but its members are dedicated to the enjoyment off-road (Rough-Stuff) cycling on the quieter routes in England, Wales and Scotland. The Rough-Stuff members frequently travel abroad.

SUSTRANS
Sick of sitting in traffic jams or in front of the telly? Then Sustrans can show you miles of safe, enjoyable cycle routes, no matter your fitness level, all around the local area and beyond. Pollution free, cost free and a far more enjoyable way of getting fit than throwing stuff at that Jeremy Clarkson on the telly. The website features rides to the Lake District and Blackpool amongst other shorter rides for the beginner-take advantage of the miles of cycle paths outside your door, explore your habitat and you won’t feel so guilty about having a pint in a newly discovered pub afterwards!
On a more serious note, according to Sustrans, the way we travel is a major user of one of the world's most valuable natural resources - oil. The burning of that oil for travel produces a lot of waste, including pollution and CO2, one of the greenhouse gases responsible for climate change.
There are also the health aspects to consider. We are increasingly becoming more sedentary which is playing havoc with our health (and hips) Sustrans campaigns for safe cycle routes for adults and children of all abilities and works locally on 'Bike It' schemes with local schools creating safer cycle routes for children to school thus resulting in a cleaner environment and happier healthier children.
Sustrans welcomes volunteers - see the website for ways to get involved or contact your local Sustrans Bike It Officer, Kathy Bashford on 01524 582654 or email: kathy.bashford@sustrans.org.uk
Funding - a registered charity, Sustrans relies on donations from the public, the lottery and national and local council amongst others

Transport For Lancashire
Lancashire County Council online information on all forms of transport including cycling section with info on cycle routes, downloads, cycling and related links.

Travelwise
Lancashire County Council cycling page - includes info on cycle routes, cycling and related links.

WHEELY GOOD COMMUNITIES
a community project aspiring to make our local villages places where people feel confident to use their bicycles for local journeys. In other words: Wheely Good Communities.
We're here to support people who want to use their bikes instead of cars:
to go to work, school or college
for shopping or running errands
to visit friends, relatives or local attractions
for health, fitness, leisure or pleasure
contact: wheelygood@familyonabike.org

 

 

 

 

You can find out about local Cycling Skills training from schools and from the Celebrate Cycling website.
You can also find out about regular Cycle Skills classes from Pedal Power, tel: 01524 65328 for info and booking.

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