FAQ

How far do your Social Rides go?

Usually not more than one hour each way, a distance of 8 – 15 miles. We go at a steady pace with plenty of breaks and make sure that everyone can keep up. This makes these rides suitable for people of most ages and abilities.

When is your next bike maintenance workshop?

We hold these every few months at a variety of partner bike shops across the city. Check the Bike Maintenance workshop page for more information or email yorkbikebelles@gmail.com.

I’d like to start cycling to work in York, but am a bit nervous about cycling on the roads. Can you help?

Absolutely. If you.post on our Facebook page about your route, our friendly online community are sure to respond with helpful advice.

We have a Cycle Friend buddying scheme and can match you up with a local experienced cyclist to help cycle the route with you.

Also, we recommend the City of York Council’s Urban Skills training – only £5. More details at http://www.itravelyork.info/cycling/cycle-training/

Is Bike Belles open to men?

Yes! We have a growing number of “Bike Beaux” coming along to activities. We were originally a project that targeted women as half as many women as men ride bikes.

However, it soon became clear that men too enjoyed our friendly ethos and steady paced rides and started attending events. In a nutshell, we welcome everyone, so please do join in.

I haven’t cycled for years. Can you help me get started?

Our new cake confidence scheme is perfect for you. We can offer advice, tryouts, confidence training and even a free bike loan for up to a month – all over cake at Cycle Heaven cafe!  Email yorkbikebelles@gmail.com in the first instance.

How can I join Bike Belles?

Just connect with us on Facebook, twitter, by email or come along to one of our activities.

There is there is no membership as such. People dip in and out of social media and activities as suits them.

We provide a positive, respectful space where walkers and cyclists can get and share useful information, gain skills and confidence and connect with us, each other and the wider, global walking cycling movement.

How do I find the best cycling routes around York?

There’s some great local maps and online planners available. Try the York Cycle Map or CycleStreets when planning specific journeys.

If you post on our Facebook page, our friendly online community will help you find a route. We can also match you with a Cycle Friend, or local experienced cyclist, who can give you advice and cycle your route with you. Email yorkbikebelles@gmail.com.

We also regularly run a #yorkcyclelife themed ride where we explore the best routes around town – usually ending up in one of York’s excellent cycle cafes.

For leisure routes,  try the Slow Tour of Yorkshire maps to Naburn and Beningborough or come on one of our rides or the many other cycling group rides in the city. More information about other cycling groups at https://www.itravelyork.info/cycling/cycling-community-groups-in-york/.