We know bikes can change lives.
In 2020 our Hero Bikes project provided bikes to keyworkers in response to the global pandemic. Building on the success and lessons from Hero Bikes we have developed Shifting Gears, our new community-based programme, to make bikes and bike-related activities and opportunities available to communities hit hardest by Covid.
The programme provides year-round opportunities to improve mental health and wellbeing, make new social connections, build confidence, and learn new skills.
Everything starts with a bike.
Participants referred to our programme receive their own bike, lights, lock, and helmet. After that, they have access to opportunities and activities throughout the year to:
- Learn how to ride or increase their cycling confidence
- Get trained in basic bike care and repair
- Take part in social rides & route planning sessions
- Earn a qualification as a cycle ride leader or cycle trainer
- Earn a bronze, silver or gold Velotech professional bike mechanic qualification
- Complete a paid work placement with The Bike Station
We’ve worked closely with community-based organisations to shape Shifting Gears. The programme is designed to allow each participant to follow their own interests and journey; with the ability to opt in and out of the programme calendar as they need.
Access to Shifting Gears is on a referral basis from one of our partners.
Our 2021 partners have been confirmed. We are delighted to be working alongside:
- MoveAhead – NHS Tayside
- Perth Autism Support
- PKVAS Carers Hub
- Perth Council Throughcare and Aftercare for Young Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers
- Perth Syrian Support Group
Shifting Gears provides year-round opportunities to improve health & wellbeing, make new social connections, build confidence and learn new skills.