Bikeability Trust Chief Executive Emily Cherry reflects on 2021

As we reach the end of the year, I’ve been reflecting on Bikeability’s highlights of 2021.

December 22, 2021

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As we reach the end of the year, I’ve been reflecting on Bikeability’s highlights of 2021.

This year, we have continued our mission to offer cycle training to every child. We’ve now helped more than 3.7 million children learn how to cycle so far, and that number just keeps on going up!

Of course, this year hasn’t been without its challenges. Covid continues to affect our lives but thanks to the hard work of our instructors, training providers and grant recipients, children across the country have still managed to complete their Bikeability training.

What a year it’s been. It’s fantastic to hear stories of children overcoming adversity to learn how to cycle, families learning to ride together, and communities coming together to encourage each other to cycle more.

Here are just a few of my highlights from 2021:

 

We have lots to look forward to in 2022. Forty-four projects that received money from our Widening Participation Fund will see even more children who wouldn’t usually learn how to cycle access Bikeability. We’ll also welcome the Commonwealth Games to Birmingham, where our superstar cyclists of today will inspire the next generation. And of course, we’ll continue to help children and their families become confident cyclists on playgrounds and in parks across England.

 

I hope you all have a happy and safe festive season.

Emily Cherry

Bikeability Chief Executive

 

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Stories from our Bikeability champions

“I feel really happy and relaxed when I ride my bike, and it’s given me independence and freedom. “

Addison

“It really is a joy to watch our son Josh cycle with a big smile on his face and it brings a tear of happiness to our eyes.”

Richard

“Cycling gives you the freedom you need when the world around you is locking down – free your mind, free your body and free your soul-build confidence, strength and do your bit to save the environment!”

Zoe

“Cycling has been our saviour this year, and feels like it was the only things that wasn’t cancelled.”

Sophie

“These sessions provided an excellent foundation. It helped to improve our confidence cycling on the roads. Very well experienced, professional and friendly trainers.”

Bikeability Family

“Cycling is a real life skill. Something you only have to learn once and remember forever.”

Donna

“We started family bike rides at the start of lockdown2020 as a way of keeping fit, and sharing an activity that the whole family can continue to enjoy.”

Ellen

“Giving them the skills to feel more confident on the road is a great step for both them, and myself.”

Emma

“Cycling for me is a way to get around; a way to exercise; but most of all it’s a way to have fun together as a family.”

Erica

“We went from “I don’t want to!” To “Mummy, can you take me on a bike ride around the estate please?” Her bike has got her away from too much screen time and gained fun, fresh air and exercise!​”

Francesca

“The children are so happy, they feel so accomplished and they are, rightly, so proud of themselves. And we’re so incredibly proud of them too.”

Donna

“Using a bike rather than taking the car helps reduce air pollution. We are giving children the skills to make that choice easier and safer”

Hertfordshire Cycling

“I am so unbelievably proud of them. Here’s to many more memories together as a family…on our bikes. Whoop Whoop!!”

JP

“It has been a tremendous help to gain the knowledge to comfortably ride on roads in the correct way and with confidence. Look forward to growing our journey with you in the future.”

Juan

“I’m back cycling after a long break, I’m a bit rusty but got some wonderful hints and tips on this website”

Pammy

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