Project information

Cycle Response Unit

An innovative and exciting trial to put responders on cycles to respond to 999 medical emergencies in and around Lincoln City Centre to reduced average response time to just 3 minutes and assisting over 125 people (approximately 6 per day) during times of peak demand in Lincoln City

September 2016 - September 2019

Charity information: LIVES (Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service)

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  • Need


    In a medical emergency, every second counts in getting that first life support. EG for every minute in cardiac arrest, a patient’s chance of survival falls by 10%. Lincoln’s cobbled street, old market square and pedestrian areas mean it is very difficult to get around and many patients may not receive prompt intervention Our first responders do not use blue lights and therefore cannot by-pass surrounding heavy traffic or enter pedestrian areas safely.


    We will develop a cycle response unit to attend all calls with an average response rate of 2-3 minutes that will provide an initial response and treatment to patients with life threatening conditions prior to the arrival of the ambulance service.

    A cycle response unit will enable us to attract and provide training for young people without access to a car and otherwise wouldn’t be able volunteer. It will also enable us to have a city centre presence for community engagement activities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    to provide a rapid (avg 3min) response to medical emergencies in the city centre of Lincoln


    » To develop a cycle response unit for the city centre of Lincoln
    » To train and develop a new wave of volunteers to participate in cycle response unit
    » To use a city centre location to increase community awareness of importance of first response and basic life skills such as CPR

    What success will look like

    We will use our response data to capture how many people we have helped and the response times.

  • Impact


    Ultimately the cycle response unit will save lives, getting to people fast to deliver vital emergency care. We will collect data from each call out.
    Plus a pool of new volunteers having received training and support leading to greater life skills, confidence and employability - tracked through case studies predominantly.


    We are working closely with East Midlands Ambulance Service on the operation of the unit. A full clinical risk assessment has been completed.


    Through case studies, stories and headline data. We will be working to attract significant press and social media coverage too throughout the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £19,950

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,550 Bike Bike & kitting out
      £3,200 medical kit medical kit & consumables
      £8,200 training min eight vol recruit and training
      £3,000 premises contribution to premises
      £3,000 marketing & evaluation promotional activity and project evaluation
  • Background


    Lincoln is home to a population of 94,600 people and increasing. It is also a popular location for tourists, particularly in the summer months (369,000 visitors in 2012).
    The increased visitor numbers to Lincoln, in particular during the summer months but also during the lead-up to Christmas, combined with the existing population; generate an increased number of 999 calls made to East Midlands Ambulance Service


    All residents and visitors in Lincoln city centre but specifically those who have taken ill and require emergency care. Over a 12 week period at least 150 people will be assisted by a first responder.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    LIVES is a charity supporting volunteer medics and first responders living in communities across Greater Lincolnshire that get to their neighbours fast to administer that vital first emergency care. Our band of 700+ dedicated and trained volunteers are there for approx. 20,000 people each year- that's an average of 2 people every hour. Their actions save lives in their community.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Steven Price

    A medical student (who volunteers with LIVES and has worked on cycle response units in Silverstone) has been the driving force behind this initiative