Project information

Bike Minded

Bike Minded uses exercise, companionship and adventure to help people with mental ill health connect with the outside world in a new way -
giving them the confidence to take on fresh challenges.

Our supportive group bike rides explore green spaces and quiet cycle paths in and around Bristol.

This is an ongoing project.

Charity information: Life Cycle UK

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  • Need

    Need

    As more services close, living with mental health issues is tougher than ever before. The stigma around it means some people are reluctant to seek help - and for those that do, support is increasingly hard to find.

    As a result, many people become isolated. When this happens, the situation can become incredibly bleak.

    Solution

    Our annual programme of group bike rides explores green spaces and quiet cycle paths in the Bristol area. Riders boost their fitness whilst enjoying freedom, fresh air and tranquillity in the countryside. Each year these friendly rides enable around vulnerable people to:

    • Connect to local services and support networks with access to an affordable, refurbished bike

    • Boost their confidence and safety with one-to-one cycle training and knowledge of safe cycle routes.

    • Lift low mood

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Riders notice a positive impact on their mental wellbeing.


    Activities

    » We help participants get outdoors, take some gentle exercise and make new friends.

    What success will look like

    To find out how successful we have been, we ask participants to complete surveys several times a year for monitoring purposes.


    Aim 2

    Riders feel fitter and healthier


    Activities

    » Our rides vary in length and difficulty so riders can gradually build their fitness.

    What success will look like

    To find out how successful we have been, we ask participants to complete surveys several times a year for monitoring purposes.


    Aim 3

    Riders socialise more


    Activities

    » We hold a Wellbeing Cafe, where riders can meet informally for coffee. All our rides contain a rest stop which encourages socialising.

    What success will look like

    To find out how successful we have been, we ask participants to complete surveys several times a year for monitoring purposes.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Our simple, yet powerful community project is having a lasting positive impact on mental health and resilience:

    • 100% of participants record a positive impact on their mental wellbeing
    • 85% feel fitter and healthier
    • 79% say they now socialise more

    Bike Minded was highly praised in recent research by the Universities of Surrey and Brighton*:

    “Bike Minded offers a viable and valuable alternative to statutory mental health services [and] exceptional social return on investment”

    Risk

    All routes are risk assessed. We carefully assess the needs of riders and make the appropriate accommodation for them. All ride leaders and volunteers undertake mental health awareness training.

    Reporting

    We will send a short report about our activities and successes, if requested. Each year we send out our impact report to those on our mailing list. Please contact Life Cycle to sign up.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £500 Cycle training Free cycle training for 10 people
      £500 Bikes Access to a subsidised, refurbished bike for 10 people
      £500 Group rides Free access to our annual programme of group bike rides (10 people)
  • Background

    Location

    Our group rides take place in Bristol and the surrounding areas.

    Beneficiaries

    People with mental ill health aged 18+

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Life Cycle UK has been successfully running inclusive cycling projects since 1999. We have a small but dedicated staff team, supported by trained cycle instructors, bicycle mechanics and a fantastic team of 100+ volunteers.

    We are committed to developing our staff so that they can provide the best possible service to some of the most vulnerable people in the area.

    We have good working relationships with local authorities, schools and other charities in the West of England.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Vivienne Maginnis

    Bike Minded Project Coordinator

“Being outside, having exercise, and being around people is really beneficial to my mental and physical health. The fact the rides are frequent gives me something to look forward to and helps me stay motivated to stay well, not self-harm and stay out of hospital so I can join the next ride".

Moses