It’s sometimes difficult to define what ChangingPace does. A mix of promotional activities and practical actions – all designed to encourage more people to cycle – more often.
The result is a build up of skills and experience that can be repeated (or in some cases replicated by others), built on or be the starting point for a new venture.
RIDES: Maggie has organised the TryCycling Rides for several years. These are led rides with experienced cyclists and open to all. ChangingPace also organises rides for employers and other groups. These are tailored to suit experience and requirements of rides.
BICYCLE AWARENESS AFTERNOONS: These are one of ChangingPace’s great successes. In 2007 Sustrans funded the development of previous ‘Bicycle Fun’ work. The result is a set of boards that are being used in classrooms for P6/7 pupils. They can be downloaded and used by anyone. In addition there is an 8 page booklet outlining ideas for organising “Bicycle Fun Days”.
ChangingPace is delivering BAAs and BFDs which combine classroom sessions and playground lessons where children learn how to maintain their own bikes.
One offshoot is the 4 day ‘cycle club’ in school holidays where children learn more about fixing their bikes, get taught riding skills and are taken on rides along Edinburgh’s cycle path network and quieter roads.
STALLS: ChangingPace organises information stalls for public events (such as community festivals) and employers’ ‘green travel fairs’. In addition to maps and leaflets from Spokes, Sustrans, etc. the people behind the stall offer experienced advice to would-be and nervous cyclist. As a result it has been realised that there is a huge pent up demand for -<a name=”training”>
one-2-one bike training: This is a new development for ChangingPace. Training is offered in one hour chunks to people who are ‘complete beginners’ (even non-cyclists) or those who want to improve their cycling skills – perhaps for work journeys.
The training is being marketed to employers who want to encourage their staff to cycle. It is recognised that people who are ‘active travellers’ are healthier, less likely to take time off for illness and usually more alert in the morning!
But anyone can buy vouchers for themselves or friends and relations.