YBB News

28 September 2021

Press Release – Goodbye four walls. Hello wind in my hair!

A toast to Trixie (the Bike) and all who ride in her!
Left to Right. Ciara Turner (YBB student intern) Julie Kay (YBB Rides’ Coordinator), Maureen (Chocolate Works resident), Margaret (Chocolate Works resident), Peter Huxford (YBB volunteer Pedaller), Libertee Hull (Chocolate Work Wellbeing Coordinator), Sheridan Piggott (YBB Programme Manager).

After a pandemic pause of 18 months, York Bike Belles’ Cycling Without Age Rides for care home residents are back!

Cycling Without Age Rides are a simple but brilliant idea. With a special electric-assist rickshaw called Trixie, trained York Bike Belles volunteers offer care home residents free and comfortable Rides out and about around the city.

Passengers hugely enjoy reconnecting with the world outside their usual four walls. The Rides open a door to the outdoors, green spaces, the bustle of the city and the friendly York community. The Rides bring back memories, freedom, companionship, and community contact. And, of course, the wonderful feeling of the wind in their hair!

The Rides have been on hold since March 2020 due to the pandemic. York Bike Belles are now able to restart, thanks to funding from The Feoffees of St Michael’s Spurriergate, Ruth Jennaway from local IT business Skiweb Ltd, Cycle Heaven, and enthusiastic local volunteers.

Have a read of the full Press Release here. Check out the relaunch of the Rides on BBC Radio York, or the short video on Greatest Hits Music, or the lovely article that made the front page of the York Press.

March 2021

Newsletter – Spring into walking and cycling!

Spring is wonderful time of year to enjoy getting out and about more, while nature blossoms around you. In our Spring Newsletter, you can find out about an exciting new job opportunity, discover a charming walk around York’s City Gardens, and be inspired by Rachel’s journey into cycling.

You can read the full Newsletter here.