Bikes have never been so fashionable, so whether you’re an east London hipster on your fixed gear, or more of a pretty Pashley type (or anything in between), why not wheel along to the Old Street cafe “Look Mum No Hands“?
Whilst you relax and enjoy a cup of coffee and a brownie (which are delicious by the way), you can leave your bike in the workshop and have any repairs seen to. Meet like minded cyclists, enjoy the free wi-fi and indulge in a tasty treat or two.
What’s better, is that it turns in to a bar in the evenings and there is a TV room which screens big cycling events!
With our Bike Buddy Scheme well underway we thought it might be nice to hear from some of the people involved in our scheme! By becoming a user, you not only learn a new and safe route into UCL, but you can learn a lot about your bike buddy and make a friend. And for those who wish to volunteer, you can gain a real sense of satisfaction but helping someone out!
Here is an account from one of our Bike Buddy users: “I had a very nice bike buddying experience. I just moved in west Hampstead and I wanted to avoid the trial and error procedure in order to find a safe and fast way to reach UCL. I was matched to Michael and he has been very kind (we chatted a lot) and showed me around the best ways in the neighborhood.”
It is also good to know that our Bike Buddy volunteers are willing to advise you, help plan the best route in to UCL and offer cycle tips. These are the words from one of our volunteers “I’m happy to go off-route to show anyone a safe route and back, give cycling tips etc”. So if cycling together on a regular basis might not work out, you can know that you have the support and advice of an experienced cyclist to hand!
To get involved in the scheme email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in one of the forms found here https://walkruncycleucl.wordpress.com/ucl-bike-buddy-scheme/
Also if you have an account of your Bike Buddy experience we would love to hear from you! Get in touch via email or comment on this post!
Are you keen to start cycling but worried about holding your own on the London roads? Camden Council offers free cycle skills training sessions, lasting one and a half hours each! Sessions are tailor made for you and can confront any problems or issues you have!
Camden Council have kindly offered to hold training days at UCL, so if you are interested in learning some new skills with friends or other UCL staff/students, email email@example.com and we can organise a session for you!