Cycling Families

Enjoy quality time outdoors with your cycling family! 

Have fun and get confident on bikes together – discover the best routes, learn new skills, meet other families and explore the great outdoors!

New for 2018 is a free and fun programme of activities and support for Cycling Families – one of York’s fastest-growing cycling communities. We’ve got everything you need to get confident and independent as a family on bikes!

We will focus on the community in the the Acomb area in the autumn with a Cycling Families Tour. More details coming soon!

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What’s YOUR next step?

Q – I have a baby/ toddler and would like to start cycling with them around York

A – Get advice and information on best ways of travelling with tots from our friendly team at any of the events or on the last Saturday of the month at cake confidence at Cycle Heaven.

You can get started now with information and advice from Sustrans and Cycling UK online. And why not also join the wonderful Family Cycling UK Facebook group?

A – Try one of our #travelwithtots bikes out at cake confidence at Cycle Heaven on the last Saturday of every month. We have a range of bikes (for adults and children) and front and back child seats, single and double trailers and a box cargo bike for you to try. Also balance bikes for young ones to have a go on!

A – Get some confidence training yourself or as a family, either during a cake confidence session or separately from City of York Council’s Urban Skills training team.

A – Borrow bikes for all the family (adult and child bikes available) and child-carrying equipment as above for 3 weeks for free as part of the cake confidence scheme (£10 deposit required). Eamil yorkbikebelles@gmail.com to book.

Q – I’d like to start making more journeys with my older children – to school, for leisure and other regular journeys

A – Ask us to pair you up with a bike buddy, who will show you the best ways to get around and about in York. Just email yorkbikebelles@gmail.com.

Q – I’d like my children to start cycling their own bikes and/ or independently

A – Teach them how to cycle yourself – there’s some great advice from Sustrans at https://www.sustrans.org.uk/what-you-can-do/children-and-families/cycling-kids/teach-your-child-ride-bike-without-stabilisers

A – City of York Council offers balance bike sessions for toddlers and Bikeability training for older children through schools – more details at  https://www.itravelyork.info/cycling/cycle-training/.

You can also try GoGet Riding– a York-based cycle training organisation – which offers chargeable cycle training for children of all ages.

Q – I’d like to get help get other families cycling

Great! Spread the word by sharing this page. You can also follow us on Facebook and twitter and share our cycling families posts. Or why not mentor another family into cycling yourself!

Become a volunteer cycle family and help with our activities. Just email yorkbikebelles@gmail.com

 

Cycling Families is delivered in partnership with Sustrans. Thanks to i-Travel York, Cycle Heaven for funding and supporting the programme.

York Bike Belles #travelwithtots won the national Modeshift Award for Excellence in Cycling in 2016.