Thanks to Cycling UK and the Big Bike Revival, there are three great free opportunities for cycling groups and individuals coming up in April.
On Saturday April 1st there will be a Community Networking Event (click to book) for Dumfries and Galloway, which will be bringing together groups from around the region who are either already involved in cycling or are interested in including it as part of their activities. The day will run from 10:30 to 4:30 at Easterbrook Hall in the Crichton and will include
- – Welcome and introduction from Cycling UK
- Presentations from Big Bike Revival participants
- Talks from local experienced bike recycling and training enterprises
- Introductions to national cycling programmes and activities from Sustrans and Cycling Scotland
- Lots of opportunities to network and mingle over a free lunch.
We’ll be there and will be introducing Cyclescape, a tool to to identify gaps in the region’s cycling network.
But that’s not all. On Friday 7th April, Cycling UK are offering members of community cycle clubs, affiliate member groups and community cycling projects, a free Roadside Repair Session (click to book – as an affiliate group, Cycling Dumfries members are eligible). This will be invaluable to anyone involved in group rides, to help get participants back on the road again if they have a mechanical issue (anyone who’s been out with us will know how frequently those crop up!) as well as just giving anyone the confidence to go out on the bike without worrying about a long walk home. It will run from 10 am to 4 pm at Buddies, 20 Castle Street, Dumfries.
Then on Saturday 8th April, Cycling UK are also offering a free first aid course (click to book) to affiliated cycle groups, also at Buddies, from 9am – 4pm. It’s one of those skills we all hope never to have to put into practice – but could potentially be a lifesaver in the unlikely event of anything going wrong.
If you’re interested in any of these – please book now, to avoid disappointment. We hope to see some of you there!