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26 Jul 2023

“Red tape and barriers to trade” currently affecting businesses because of Brexit have been blamed by cycle distributor FLi Distribution after it ceased trading with immediate...

25 Jul 2023

Norwich has triumphed ahead of Newcastle and Belfast to be named the most cycle-friendly city in the UK, scoring  high marks for categories like cycle routes, bike sharing schemes and...

25 Jul 2023

ACT member BikeTown in Rutherglen is to hold a cycling festival in the lead-up to the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships.

24 Jul 2023

Eleven local authorities in England have been funded to enable health workers prescribe walking and cycling to patients.

24 Jul 2023

Cycling Electric has run an interesting article on the value of buying an e-bike from a local independent bike shop.

11 Jul 2023

Charity Cycling UK has launched The Big Bike Revival 2023 to support new and returning cyclists through a programme of free events.

11 Jul 2023

A survey undertaken by ACT members The Electric Bike Shop has shown that specialist bike retailers are continuing to see the benefit of having physical high street stores over a pure ecommerce...

11 Jul 2023

Giant UK has partnered with Activate Cycle Academy and the Association of Cycle Traders (ACT) to provide a Cytech technical e-Bike qualification.

11 Jul 2023

As of 30th June 2023, the registered Head Office for V12 has relocated, and as a result their registered office address has changed.

3 Jul 2023

Cytech, the internationally recognised training and accreditation scheme for bicycle technicians, has announced that Whistler Adventure School (WAS), a private career training institution in...

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Bike for Good’s improved Cytech traineeship for women and non-binary people proving successful

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A new and improved traineeship programme for women and non-binary people being implemented by  Bike for Good, which delivers Cytech training in Scotland, is proving successful.

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In addition to the new traineeship Bike for Good has continued to double its offering of women and non-binary Fix Your Own Bike sessions. The traineeship is an ongoing, evolving project that allows the trainees to feel part of the wider Bike for Good community. All five trainees have successfully completed an intensive two-week training course giving them the skills to complete Cytech level 1 & 2 assessments.

All five trainees are now volunteering with Bike for Good in various activities including helping at Dr Bikes for Bike for Good and its sister company Motion Forward. They are also working and developing their knowledge and skills in the training and volunteer department as well as continuing to assist with the delivery of the women and non-binary programme of events, such as Fix Your Own Bike sessions on the first and third Saturday of the month. The volunteers have also been helping to build new bikes out of boxes for a new project, Switch Up, which is about leasing bikes on a month-by-month basis via a subscription. These tasks can only help develop the trainees and get their skills up.

One trainee is taking the knowledge learned from the trainee mechanic volunteering role with Bike for Good back to the NHS Hub where she will maintain their fleet of bikes. This fleet of bikes is used to deliver mental and physical health benefits to long term patients from Leverndale Hospital.

Bike for Good is one of many organisations working hard to do away with these hierarchies and barriers.  Bike for Good is currently the only training provider of the industry standard Cytech training in Scotland. This scheme has been facilitated by Bike for Good mechanics using the dedicated training space at its South hub, and the Cytech training space at its West hub in Glasgow.

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