In advance we are having an information stall in the Village Hall prior to the Community Clean Up at 10am on Sunday 4th June – you can register your bike for a check up in advance and get a free puncture repair kit (while stocks last) – even if you are not helping with the Clean Up.
The Big Bike Revival, an award-winning programme developed by Cycling UK and funded by Transport Scotland, helps people in Scotland to bring their bikes back into use by providing bike health checks, sharing maintenance knowhow and giving people more confidence in the saddle.
Partnered by 100 community groups and bicycle recycling centres across the country, the Big Bike Revival aims to reach thousands of people to encourage them to get cycling again and to replace short car journeys with the bike. In 2016, around 8,000 people participated across Scotland; this year events will run from 1 May to 11 June to encourage even more people to cycle for everyday trips.
Kirknewton Community Development Trust here has been awarded £900 Big Bike
Revival funding to deliver activities in the local community.
The Scottish Government has a vision to see 10% of every day journeys by cycle by 2020
and the Big Bike Revival will provide support and activities to encourage more people to get cycling to help achieve this vision. In 2016, Big Bike Revival activities in Scotland
encouraged over 4,000 new trips by bike, of which 34% were previously car journeys and2017 activities and events will build on this behaviour change outcome.
Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said: “I am delighted that the Scottish Government is once again supporting The Big Bike Revival in Scotland this year. This is an ideal opportunity for people across the country to give those old bikes sitting in the shed a new lease of life by re-discovering the joys of cycling. I would encourage everyone to go along to their nearest event and take part in the various projects that will be running over the next two months. Cycling is a wonderful way to keep fit and healthy and to spend time in our great outdoors.”
In autumn 2016 the Big Bike Revival came to Scotland after two successful years of the
project in England. Over 500 events happened from the 19 September to 31 October in
every local authority area in Scotland, with over 1,400 bikes revived and given a new lease of life.
With hundreds of events planned across the next six weeks and centres spread across
every local authority area in the country, the Big Bike Revival aims to bring thousands more bikes back into use.
Cycling UK’s Head of Development Scotland, Suzanne Forup said:
“The Big Bike Revival in Scotland reached communities across the length and breadth of
Scotland in 2016, from small rural villages to local communities in our biggest cities. This
year we are delighted to partner with group name in area here to help people fall back in
love with cycling again.
“For those of us that cycled as a kid, we all remember our bikes and how wonderful a bike ride was. The Big Bike Revival wants to capture that feeling for people who stopped cycling years or decades ago and reignite their love of cycling. Events and activities will help people fix up their cycles, grow their cycling confidence and learn about accessible local routes so they can get from A to B by bike with a smile on their face. We’re pleased to work across Scotland to help people in local communities enjoy the many benefits of cycling, and support them to swap the car when it comes to everyday trips.”