Cycling clothing for sale

Thanks to a donation from the West Lothian Financial Inclusion Network, the West Lothian Bike Library has a range of new children and adult cyclingand activity clothing for sale at affordable prices.

Please call in and see us at Crofthead Community Centre (for a map, head to About us) on Thursdays or Fridays, anytime between 10am and 2pm.

Our first Go e-Bike hire!

Meet Paul. Paul commutes from West Lothian to Edinburgh, and is a bit fed up of the car commute. He heard about the Go e-Bike scheme in West Lothian and contacted the West Lothian Bike Library to arrange a loan of an electric bike to try it out.

Read more about our fantastic Go e-Bike scheme here. And be like Paul. Get in touch!

 

Electric bike hire scheme for residents comes to West Lothian!

We are delighted to announce that the West Lothian Bike Library is one of several partners in a regional electric bike (e-bike) sharing project in South East Scotland.

The Go e-Bike project has been developed by the South East of Scotland Transport Partnership (SEStran) and Bikeplus, a national charity promoting bike share.

From 13th April the GO e-Bike scheme will see a number of electric bikes, Giant Entour E+2, available for temporary hire to local residents in West Lothian.

E-bikes can be attractive to some who wouldn’t normally consider riding or buying a bike, as they make cycling a little easier – especially hills!  By trying e-bikes as part of this project, we hope some people in West Lothian may go on to buy their own bike and build cycling for everyday journeys into their lives.

The West Lothian Bike Library will store the bikes, and coordinate hire of the bikes to residents for a specified time period. Hire periods will run from Friday afternoon to Monday morning, Monday afternoon to Friday morning. Each e-bike loan will cost £25 plus a deposit (paid by card).  Two forms of ID will be required. We will support with training and information about the bikes.

If you live in West Lothian and would like to take part in this scheme, please get in touch via our contact page.

Adaptive bike sessions starting 9th April

The very popular Adaptive Bike Sessions which enable Inclusive Cycling will start on Monday 9th April at Crofthead Community Centre.

Initially these are scheduled from 1700 to 1800 but as Volunteer Support becomes available we hope to extend this into two sessions.

Spaces are limited and it is essential that you book.

To register or for further information please email info@wlbikelibrary.co.uk.

Pinewood School pupils get cycling for Sport Relief 2018

On Thursday 22nd March as part of Sport Relief 2018, Pinewood School pupils in Blackburn enjoyed a Bikeathon using a range of bikes, trikes and adapted bikes from the West Lothian Bike Library. The bikes were brought over thanks to local cycling shop, Hooked On Cycling from Bathgate. Pupils cycled around the park in Blackburn – great work everyone!

West Lothian Bike Library volunteers get Silver!

Bike maintenance is not yet an Olympic sport (!), but some of our volunteers with the West Lothian Bike Library recently undertook Velotech Silver training under the expert instruction of a Cycle Form trainer in our base in Livingston. Cycle Form is a cycling business based in Glasgow who offer accredited Velotech training, which is aligned with the National Qualification Framework. Velotech Awards are industry standard qualifications in bike maintenance.

It means our volunteers are obtaining valuable skills for free and our bike maintenance work in the West Lothian Bike Library is meeting national standards. We hope to take our volunteers all the way to the Gold Velotech Award in due course!

If you’re interested in undertaking Velotech training at any level, get in touch and we’ll keep you posted on the next opportunity.

Celebrating women on wheels!

West Lothian Bike Library would like to support more women into cycling and volunteering. Cycling UK have launched a call for nominations to find their 100 Women in Cycling for 2018. There’s no rigid criteria – any woman, past or present, who has been a star in the cycling world, from sporting success, to dedicated volunteering, to being inspirational to others. If there is someone you would like to nominate and celebrate, email julie.rand@cyclinguk.org with her story.

Read more here about Rose Lamartine Yates, the first woman to be elected to the CTC (now Cycling UK) Council in 1907, and also a suffragette [photo courtesy of Cycling UK].

The West Lothian Bike Library are currently recruiting Cycle Ride Leaders and can offer free training. We are an inclusive organisation who aim to reduce health inequalities across communities in West Lothian, and we would like our volunteer team to reflect this. We welcome volunteer applications from all regardless of gender, ability or life circumstances. Get in touch today if you’d like to find out more.

Your bike library needs you!

Since we started in September 2017, we have been developing our services and building on our connections in the community.  We’ve also been fortunate to attract funding for specific projects.

We now need more volunteers to help with our projects. Specific volunteer roles include:

  •  social media and digital marketing support
  •  peer supporter
  •  driver
  •  all ability cycle ride leader, and general cycle ride leaders
  •  bike maintenance

We are also open to volunteers who would like to get involved to help develop their skills generally or who may be pursuing awards or qualifications where experience in volunteering is required.

Training and insurance is provided, and we work with Volunteer Scotland on our volunteer policies.

If you’re interested in seeing our specific role descriptions for the volunteer posts above, or discussing volunteering opportunities generally, please get in touch!

Read more about our project and our call for volunteers in the Daily Record.

A Christmas Tale and a Happy New Year

The festive season is coming to an end, but we wanted to share a little story that we have been humbled to play a small part in.

David (names have been changed to  preserve anonymity) secured work and moved to Scotland in summer 2017 with his wife and children.  Unfortunately he lost his job, and sought advice from a local West Lothian Council Customer Information Service (CIS) office. He attended the CIS office again before Christmas to let them know he was starting another job on 15th December. Due to the timing of his start date, he would not get a full wage until 15th January 2018.  In the meantime, to help tide him over, the CIS office staff arranged a referral to the Foodbank and for a crisis grant from the Scottish Welfare Fund.

As with many parents however, his concern was “no Christmas presents for the children”. CIS office staff spoke to colleagues to see if they knew of any organisations who might be able to help.  A colleague had heard about the West Lothian Bike Library (based at Crofthead in Livingston) who have offered bikes to children in need at Christmas…….. so they phoned and spoke with one of our volunteers. 

As a result, David went to Crofthead and collected two bicycles for his children for Christmas. David, his wife and their children were absolutely over the  moon.

 

We continue to work with partner organisations to reduce health inequalities in West Lothian, and hope we can help more people like David and his family in 2018.  Happy new year to all our partners, supporters and volunteers.