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Project information

Bikes for Bairns

We're cycling over 300 miles to Dublin!! To raise money to buy childrens bikes, baby-seats on adult bikes and giraffes (bikes attached to Bikes) so our young people can run bike rides and skills/safety sessions in schools and the community - please sponsor us!

May 2010 - September 2010

Charity information: MYDG

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  • Need


    Ill health, lack of confidence, lack of resources for many parents in the area means to few people cycle on their own, with their child or children. Most parents don't have the knowledge on how to maintain bikes or carry out simple repairs. Cycling isn't seen by many as the enjoyable, healthy and practicle pastime or form of transport that it potentially can be


    By providing safety sessions in schools and the local communities
    By providing 'skills' and confidence building sessions in schools and the community
    By making cycling fun and accessible through group cycling trips
    By enabling community groups, familiies and young children to borrow bikes and have good, clear, friendly instruction and support.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To purchase young children's bikes, babies/toddler seats and safety gear.


    » A cycle to Dublin to launch project and raise awareness of our presence in the community and the service we'll offer children and their families
    » Deliver courses and 'taster' sessions to community groups, families, clubs or parent and toddler groups.

    What success will look like

    Success will be proved by acquiring a fleet of bikes and have at least one booking a week to use them

    Aim 2

    To train young people and local adults in recognised leadership and bike repair qualifications


    » Cycle trip to Dublin will form beginning of training of 10 young people - this will be extended over the next 6 months to train volunteers
    » Hold regular maintenance workshops and 'roadside' repairs to give people confidence as well as guided tours or local cycle paths

    What success will look like

    Success will be proved by acquiring adaptations and having at least one booking a month to use them

  • Impact


    MYDG's Bikes for airns project will have a huge impact on health by removing barriers to peoples participation in cycling activities, giving people the confidence to cycle alone, with families and friends.

    The project will reduce waste and people's carbon foot print by encouraging repairs, maintenance of existing bikes and re-cycling bike parts rather than chucking bikes away into landfill


    Safety on roads and bikes - all staff will be trained, assessed and qualified in Bike Leader and Mountain Bike Leader qualifications

    All staff will be qualified First Aiders

    All activities will be fully risk-assessed and insured


    Regular updates on our website and public opens events - we will also participate in joint 'road safety events' alongside the police.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £3,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,000 Bikes & Adaptations Purchase bikes and child/toddler adaptations
      £1,000 Sessional staff Assited Bike Rides and Maintenance sessions
  • Background


    Muirhouse, North Edinburgh is an area of multiple deprivation with a higher than average level of unemployment, crime, alcohol and drug issues, mental and physical health issues.


    Children, Young People and their families

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    MYDG enjoys good relationships with children and young people in the area as well with partner organisations. Most of our instructors and team are from the North of Edinburgh, indeed many from the Muirhouse area and they know what its like to grow up here and how to engage with local people. We have a proven track record in engaging the hardest to reach individuals and groups in positive activities.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jonny Kinross

    Bike Leader / Youth Worker

    Peter Ailie

    Bike Leader / Youth Worker

    Joanne Stewart

    Bike Leader / Youth Worker

    Chris Thomson

    Mechanic / Bike Leader