Our organisation

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Welcome to our friendly community!

York Bike Belles is an independent, volunteer-led community organisation that inspires and enables people of all ages and abilities to walk and cycle everyday as the natural way to get around, while improving well-being, community life and nature, for the future of our world.

Our impact so far

Since 2014, York Bike Belles has directly engaged with many thousands of people in York. Between April 2018 and March 2019, we delivered 229 activities to 2004 participants, with over 10,000 engagements on our popular Facebook page. Our youngest participant was 12 weeks old, and our oldest 100!

In a 2018 survey, 75% of respondents said contact with us encouraged them to increase their cycling levels. In 2018/9 survey, 92% of cake confidence participants said they started cycling or cycled more often after support from us. And over Spring 2019, 100% of passengers on our cycling without age rides said they felt “much happier” after the ride 😊.

You can read some wonderful stories of change from the people we have worked with at: https://yorkbikebelles.community/stories/

Our vision

We inspire and enable people of all ages and abilities to walk and cycle everyday as the natural way to get around, while improving well-being, community life and nature, for the future of our world.

We grow everyday walking and cycling as the natural choice of transport across York, so that everyone can enjoy better health, well being and a sustainable quality of life.

Our work

We offer an integrated programme of regular cycling and walking activities and communications, all year round, with additional support and friendship from our team and the wider community. You can enter the programme at any point by engaging with us online or joining an activity. You can move from one activity to another as suits you, and are able to steadily increase your confidence, knowledge and skills, and enjoy walking and cycling more!

All our current activities are at https://yorkbikebelles.community/events/. Activities for the next month are posted on the home page, with usually also a Facebook event at least a week before the activity.

We have committed to continue our most popular and effective activities on a volunteer basis all year free of charge to the local community to ensure the continuation of essential cycling and walking support in York.

We share news, stories and information about walking, cycling, car-lite living, well-being, community life, sustainability or ‘one planet living’, cities for people, nature and more! on our community social media channel most days. We welcome online contact, and love interaction and sharing from our community. We do our best to respond to comments that day.

Our work is underpinned by the values of respect, compassion, inclusion, positive action and cooperation.

Our organisation

We are led by a management committee of local volunteers from all walks of life – women and men passionate about increasing everyday walking and cycling in York.

We have a core delivery team of 3 paid and 35 volunteers, who are all trained where necessary in ride and walk leading, bike mechanics, first aid, communication and engagement methods and safeguarding. Our work is people-centric and responsive to need. We pride ourselves in making all our activities safe, sociable, supportive and, above all, fun!

We have a focus on everyday walking and cycling journeys, encouraging those new to cycling, moving them on the journey to independently walking and cycling for transport and going car-lite, or perhaps car-free.

We target groups and communities currently under-represented in cycling, such as women, parents of young children, older adults, those with low physical and emotional well being and lower income groups and communities. Our work is innovative, creative and continually developing. We continually look to connect people with the natural world and promote, protect and enhance nature in our practice.

We work strategically across the city to make York a better place for walking and cycling and are an integral part of York’s city community, working with multiple community partners, businesses, education and City of York Council. Our chair facilitated York’s independent Walk Cycle Forum in 2017/18 and we support the collective Walk Cycle Vision for York.

National recognition

In 2016, York Bike Belles #travelwithtots work won a national award for Excellence in Cycling from Modeshift.

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In 2017, we featured as a “Story for Change” in the ground-breaking 2017 Zero Carbon Britain report.

In 2018, we gave a presentation in the House of Commons to the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG) about good practice in women and cycling.

In 2019, we were chosen to feature as a good practice project in Public Health England’s case study for York (part of the “Everybody Active Every Day” framework). And we feature in a summer 2019 exhibit at the Eden Project as a “Guardian of the Future – passionate people and projects making a real difference to the global climate”.

Volunteers!

We are always looking for volunteers to help with our work. Check out http://www.yorkbikebelles.community/join-our-team for more info and email yorkbikebelles@gmail.com if you would like to become part of our friendly team.

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