YBB News

16 February 2023


Join us this year and help us transform more lives in York

YBB Coordinator Julie Kay said: “Through involvement with YBB, I feel like a positive and valued part of my community.”
YBB Start Cycling Participant, Ellie Lewis said: “It’s been life-changing. I experience real freedom on my bike – it’s like a natural high! And it’s been brilliant for my mental health.”
Our new Resilience Development role is an exciting and rewarding opportunity for the right person.
Is it for you? You will be a successful fundraiser, with excellent written communication and interpersonal skills. You will have experience securing Corporate, Public Sector, Community, Individual Donor and/or Legacy income and partnerships. You will be a persuasive and concise writer, with an ability to work to deadlines, and have excellent IT, online research and financial skills.
Deadline to apply is Monday 13 February 2023 at 5pm. More information at https://yorkbikebelles.community/latest-news/new-resilience-development-officer-job/.
A sincere thank you for York Step Change grant funding from Two Ridings Community Foundation.

6 December 2022

Release of NEW “Experience York Bike Belles 2022” Video

Enjoy the York Bike Belles (YBB) Experience this year!
“You know you’re going to go out, and you’re just going to be looked after.”
Do settle back, and tune in for a few moments. You’ll meet some of our participants, volunteers, partners, and friends. You’ll hear them talk about their involvement with us this year – as they walk, ride and enjoy nature around our beautiful city.
Our video is dedicated to the memory of Janet Cater, one of our volunteers, who features in the video. Janet very sadly died in October this year.
Finally, a sincere thank you to everyone who contributed.

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.