Cake Confidence

Start cycling with cake confidence!

**Cake Confidence is on hold until we secure further funding. We plan to continue Cake Confidence, and also develop a new, more comprehensive scheme to support people of all ages and abilities across York into healthy, sustainable and positive cycling lifestyles.
‘Life’s Better By Bike 2022 – 2025 will be a new initiative based on feedback and learning over the last 8 years working in York. It will include bike loans, training, personal travel planning, health referrals, buddy rides, small group social and nature rides, bike maintenance workshops, new digital resources and maps, new volunteer roles, and more!
Please email with any comments about the proposed scheme, or to put your name on a waiting list.
If you’d like to personally support our work, a donation would be much appreciated. If you or your business would like to become a sponsor, please email**

What is Cake Confidence?

Cake Confidence is a free, friendly, and fun four-week programme to support you into the wonderful world of cycling – over cake where we can!
The 3 Cake Confidence Steps are:
Step 1:
Start Saturday Session – meeting us, agreeing a personalised ‘Cycling Plan’, borrowing a bike if needed and initial cycle training. This takes place in a local cafe or community venue on/ around the First Saturday of the month, with cake available of course! 🙂
Step 2:
Four Week Cycling Plan – four weeks of cycling support activities, tailored to your cycling goal, whatever that may be! Activities can include personal practice, 1: 1 buddying, joining an easy social ride, or more cycle training. We ask that you commit to at least one cycling activity a week during the programme.
Step 3:
Review – we’ll celebrate your progress and either book you onto next month, signpost you to other support, or welcome you as an independent cyclist!
We have risk assessed and put in place Covid-secure procedures for all Cake Confidence activities to keep staff, volunteers, participants and the wider public safe. We will inform you about these procedures before any activities and ask that you follow them during our work together.
We welcome enquiries from anyone with health concerns and have put in place flexible support to cater for a diversity of needs. We are delighted to be working with health support and referral organisations across the city, including York Against Cancer, Ways to Wellbeing, NHS Mental Health support teams, Local Area Coordination and Community Health champions. Finally, we ask that you travel to our activities by sustainable transport, if you can.

Does Cake Confidence work?

Yes! We have worked with over 450 ‘cake confidencers’ over the last 3 years. In a 2019 survey, 92% said they started cycling or cycled more often after our support. Have a read of some wonderful stories of journeys into cycling from former cake confidencers, Holly, Maureen, Rose and Brian, with more on our Stories pages.

What sort of bike can I borrow?

All our bikes are comfortable and easy to use, and have names! You can borrow one for the whole of the four-week Cake Confidence programme for free. All bikes come with good locks and panniers. We ask that you sign a bike hire agreement and pay a £20 returnable deposit.

And finally, a thank you!

Thank you to Cycle Heaven and one of their suppliers, Madison, for the donation of 8 bikes and to Sport England, for funding in 2020/21.
We rely on donations and grants to fund our work towards a healthy, green and kind York. Please donate here.
Cake Confidence and Life’s Better By Bike 2022 are original York Bike Belles projects, all rights reserved.