#1 – riding a bike!
West Lothian Bike Library volunteers had a wonderful time with residents of the Woodland Nursing Home in Livingston this weekend. As part of their open afternoon, we took along two of our adaptive bikes.
After our first daring ladies took the plunge, we had a steady stream of takers for a wee jaunt on the Waverley & Bankton Mains Paths nearby (part of Livingston’s extensive off-road walking & cycling path network.)
Thank you to the staff, residents and their families for letting us take part in your special afternoon! Our adaptive bikes are available for hire and use by groups and individuals, and we also run regular inclusive cycling sessions. Get in touch for more details.
We've got a new bike shed, and now the great @WLBikeLibrary have lent us five e-bikes through the Go e-bike Employee Pool Bike Scheme to encourage even more of our staff to try cycling. If you're based in @LoveWestLothian your company can try it as well: https://t.co/GzDIjR8jmS pic.twitter.com/jhEs7EyR8T— Improvement Service (@improvserv) July 15, 2019
We were delighted to support St Nicholas RC Primary School in June through the loan of adaptive bikes. Check out this video of their adventures!
Some of our services are free to schools (e.g. loan of adaptive bikes) but for others we request a small donation to help cover our costs. As always, get in touch if your organisation would like to explore loaning any of our fleet of standard, electric or adaptive bikes.
The nationally recognised Cycling Scotland, Cycle Friendly Community Award recognises communities that have contributed to promoting cycling as a healthy, sustainable travel choice, and sets out a pathway for those committed to becoming Cycle Friendly.
West Lothian Bike Library were invited to apply for the award by their Cycling Scotland Development Officer, following a funding review in recognition of the work they have been doing to make cycling more accessible in West Lothian.
There are 3 levels of award, bronze, silver and gold, which focus on the following areas:
- Plan of Action
- Barriers, Needs & Opportunities
- Monitoring & Evaluation
- Community Engagement
- Communication & Promotion
- Partnership & Stakeholder Working
Gold level is awarded to those organisations who ‘having fulfilled the requirements for both Bronze and Silver CFCA levels, your community now has a long-term plan in place to develop cycling, influenced by the feedback gained from activities already delivered and through consultation with community members, stakeholders and partners. At this stage your group has given thought to the sustainability of the project. Evidence gathered to date has been used to demonstrate the value of the project, and there is clear and consistent engagement with the wider cycling community.’
WLBL are delighted to have been awarded Gold Level and thank all their volunteers for their commitment and support in achieving this!
2019 brings more inclusive cycling and donations of bikes to those in need, along with some exciting new partnerships e.g. e-bike hires at Linwater caravan park and bike provision to the West Lothian 50 Plus Network, maintenance training including an accredited course in partnership with West Lothian College, and supporting SEStran to broaden the reach of their employer e-bike loan scheme.
As we round off another great year at the West Lothian Bike Library, we’re delighted to have been able to donate 18 of our refurbished bikes in recent weeks to families via the various support groups and networks we work with.
Thanks also to the generosity of Queen Margaret University, we have donated and delivered bike stands to the following schools in West Lothian:
– Connolly School Campus
– St Margaret’s Academy
– Whitburn Skills Centre
– Torphichen Primary School
– Westfield Primary School
– East Calder Primary School
Teaching Staff at Connolly School demonstrate to our volunteers how easy it is to move Sheffield Stands!
We will have additional stands available for other schools in the New Year so get in touch if you would be interested in receiving one. The bike stands could be standalone or can be bolted into the ground but you should consult with your Estates contact on the best mechanism for your school.
Many in our communities live with a vision impairment, and may think cycling is beyond their reach. The West Lothian Bike Library’s aim is to reduce barriers to cycling, regardless of circumstance. So we were delighted to offer the loan of some of our bikes to the Scottish War Blind Centre at Linburn in West Lothian in November.
Users at the Centre got to try our Roam Twin Split Bike – safe in the hands of a Centre instructor but still able to participate in pedalling and steering. And of course, enjoy the buzz we all get from cycling a bike!
In the pictures are Tom Hedges, Derek Marland, Ian McGregor and Bill Chalmers. Thanks to Kelly from Scottish War Blinded for letting us use the images. If your group or organisation would like to arrange access to our bikes and equipment, get in touch.
It’s hard to stay motivated at this time of year with darker nights, colder weather and risk of icy surfaces. But for many of us, walking and cycling is still a vital way to get around for everyday journeys, and also a great way to continue to stay fit and healthy over the winter months. Think dark skies, aurora borealis and a comfy snood!
As ever though, stay safe this winter. Here is a collection of great tips from the people at Love to Ride on how to keep cycling this winter. Enjoy!
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