On Friday 28th September 2018 we welcomed visitors from the councils Get Active East Riding team as well as members of cycling charity R-evolution to offer students the rare opportunity of a free bike to take home that very same day.
Overall, in partnership with the council and R-evolution we gave away thirty bikes to students who will now benefit from the opportunity to now use a bicycle as a positive mode of transport. Furthermore, if required, students also took home a brand new, free bike helmet as well as reflective strips, free bike lights, badges and more. Although this was the main objective of the day there were two other ways that students and the community could get involved.
Firstly we hosted a Dr Bike clinic during the day. Staff, students and members of the public were able to bring any bicycle down to the event and receive free maintenance and servicing on their bike were possible.
Secondly we hosted a R-evolution bicycle donation point where staff, students and the community could donate unused or unwanted bicycles to be reconditioned by the charity at their Cottingham base before being donated back to other young people across the East Riding.
The day was a massive success and is just the first step in what we are expecting to be an extremely fruitful partnership to promote cycling with our students and their families. Keep an eye out for days to be announced when we will be handing out free bike lights and locks as well as advertising for a set of student travel ambassadors. We are also planning to incorporate cycling within the curriculum later in the year as well as launching an inaugural #teamheadlands cycling team. Students may also have opportunities to achieve cycling and maintenance qualifications as well as playing a part in next year’s tour de Yorkshire and cycling world championships.