York Bike Belles CIC Strategy 2023 – 2028

**UPDATE December 2022.

Our YBB Strategy is currently being reviewed. We have a proposed NEW Five Year Strategy 2023 – 28. You can see the draft version below.

We welcome constructive input! If you have any comments, please email yorkbikebelles@gmail.com.**

Overall Aims

We enable York residents of all ages, abilities and life situations to walk and cycle as the natural way to get around York, while improving wellbeing, community life, green spaces, and tackling inequalities and the climate and nature crises.

We work to the following values – we respond to need, we are inclusive, we are professional and effective, we innovate and continually improve, we make positive change happen, and we leave a sustainable legacy.

Walk and ride with us into a healthy, green and kind future!

Objective 1

We increase walking and cycling and reduce car use. We tackle the climate crisis.

By the end of 2023, we will secure sufficient income to continue our programme of walking, cycling and nature activities until 2028. We will continue our successful projects – Start Cycling with Cake Confidence, Cycling Without Age Rides, Nature Time Walks and Rides and our Walking Book Group.

We aim to deliver 300 activities to 1000 participants each year, working with 30 long-term staff and volunteers and 10 delivery partners.

Objective 2

We improve health and wellbeing in York residents of all ages, abilities and life situations. We tackle inequalities to ensure our activities are inclusive and accessible to all.

By the end of 2023, 80% of participants in our programme of walking, cycling and nature activities will report improved health and wellbeing.

Over 50% of participants will be from groups more likely to be marginalised and vulnerable, including elders (aged 80+), people with mental and physical health challenges and/or disabilities, refugees and people on lower incomes.

Objective 3

We connect York residents with nature as they walk and cycle around the city. We improve the biodiversity of York’s green spaces. We tackle the nature crisis.

By the end of 2023, we will secure funding for a NEW nature-based walking, cycling project called “Take the Green Route!”

This inclusive project will improve the wellbeing of a wide range of York residents, and develop community skills in Citizen Science, ‘creative’ Nature Connection from photography, audio and video, storytelling and environmental art, and practical conservation skills. It will leave a sustainable legacy with NEW Green Route maps, audio trails and a community e-learning course.

Objective 4

We improve community life by training, supporting and working with staff, volunteers and University interns from the York community.

By the end of 2023, we will work with a YBB Team of 30 long-term staff and volunteers. We will offer a package of skills training to our Team, including Safeguarding and working with vulnerable adults, First Aid, Walk and Ride Leading, Digital Skills and Nature Connection.

Objective 5

York Bike Belles CIC is sustainable and resilient.

In 2023, we will improve Monitoring, Evaluation and Impact Reporting, and develop the skills of the YBB Team in Safeguarding and working with vulnerable adults, First Aid, Walk and Ride Leading, Digital Skills and Nature Connection as above.

Finally, we will develop an internal “Resilience Development” role to help us to secure regular income from a diversity of sources. This will enable us to continue our programme of walking, cycling and nature activities until 2028.