The Sustainable Travel Collective – the charity that runs the Big Wheel and RideWise projects that help people to travel around by greener transport, are calling for the support of the local community to win funding as part of the Aviva Community Fund 2017. The Sustainable Travel Collective is relying on votes to increase their chances of winning funding of up to £10,000 which they hope will help young people in Stapleford by providing a pop up community cycle centre.
This centre will provide valuable support by giving people the life skills that will help them access training and employment and it will be able to get around without reliance on other forms of transport. If it’s successful the project will provide an 8-week programme of support, during which time participants will learn how to build a bicycle from scratch using recycled parts from other bikes. They’ll learn how to maintain it and keep it roadworthy too. Then, they will receive expert training on how to safely ride off road, on the road and in busier areas. It will also include learning how to navigate on their bike, how to be safe and seen, how to work together as a team and how to overcome some of the transport barriers that they may have faced – especially with regards to getting to jobs and interviews.
Only projects with the most votes will become finalists, so additional support is vital. The group has been working for over 15 years to support people in and around Nottingham and every day they see the benefits of people who have used their services. From helping to reduce congestion, improve the quality of the air that we breathe through to giving people the skills they need to move around the city without reliance on other forms of transport – and reducing the costs involved in that too.
Gary Smerdon-White, Chief Executive said ‘We’re delighted to be shortlisted for this award and we really want to call out for people to help us secure the funding. RideWise used to run a cycle centre for all ages in Stapleford and we know how successful it can be. Unfortunately, the funding stopped but we are working to replace it.
Richard McRae Independent Councillor for Stapleford North said, ‘the Aviva Community Fund is a great opportunity to continue to help the young people of Stapleford through cycle training, bike maintenance courses and much more’.
To get behind The Sustainable Travel Collective’s bid and help make a difference in your local community, visit
and vote for Bikes 4 Life.
You’ll need to submit your vote before 21st November 2017.
For more information on RideWise cycle activities, visit RideWise Ltd on facebook or go to www.ridewise.org.uk