Cycle Friendly Communities
Cycle Friendly & Sustainable Communities Fund
Note: the 2013 CFSCF is now closed.
It is hoped that we will be opening a round of 2014/15 funding. To register your interest in the fund please email Development Officer, Shona Morris on email@example.com. By registering your interest, you will receive details of the fund, criteria and deadline, when such information is available.
The purpose of the Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Communities Fund is to contribute to a shift away from single occupancy car use, a reduction in carbon emissions and an improvement in well being of communities across Scotland by enabling more people to have more opportunities to cycle. Our aim is to assist local groups to achieve these outcomes in their own communities through innovative new ways of utilising and increasing cycling.
How much will we fund?
In previous rounds, the amount we considered funding was dependant on the contribution of the project to Cycling Scotland’s vision as stated above. It is rare that we will award projects a grant in excess of £6,000. Please note we cannot fund staff costs.
Previously, applications were be assessed on their individual merits and prioritised against set criteria across three themes:
1. Promotes modal shift and behaviour change (10 points available)
The project will encourage community members to choose cycling for short trips instead of taking the car. It will promote the use of existing infrastructure links to other local initiatives which promote cycle use.
2. Reduces emissions (10 points available)
The project will have a strong focus on reducing emissions, recognising this as an aim rather than as a secondary benefit. Project activity has a direct and measurable impact on reducing emissions through travel, expressed as carbon saved.
3. Delivers a sustainable community which encourages social inclusion and promotes health and the environment (10 points available)
The project contributes to community development by addressing local needs, building upon skills and resources. The project recognises barriers to access cycling across the whole community, including those specific to excluded groups.
The Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Communities Fund is now closed for 2013.
A total of £68,054.00 was successfully awarded amongst the following 17 projects;
1. Whiskey Island Wheelers, Islay & Jura Community Enterprises – Argyll and Bute - £3,010
Islay & Jura Community Enterprise (IJCE) is a registered charity and social enterprise company, established in 1989. The aim of IJCE is to provide a wide range of sporting, leisure, educational & social activities to meet the needs of all sectors of Islay and Jura island communities. The Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Communities Funded project, Whiskey Island Wheelers, is specifically designed to break down the barriers to cycling participation. The project will encourage all sectors of the community to increase fitness levels, social inclusion and reducing short car journeys by encouraging cycling.
2. Black Isle By Bike, Transition Black Isle – Inverness - £6,094
Transition Black Isle was formed in 2009 and is part of the growing international transition movement which seeks positive local solutions to the problems of peak oil and climate change. Local part time Community Cycle Trainers currently work throughout the Black Isle to promote cycling and increase skills and confidence in on road cycling situations. The Black Isle by Bike project aims to provide bike maintenance training and trail cycling to Transition Black Isle staff and volunteers in the hope that such skills are passed on to other members of the community. The Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Communities Fund grant will allow Transition Black Isle to achieve their overall aim which is to increase the cycling skills and confidence of the community and encourage them to choose to make more journeys by bike.
3. Belles on Bikes, CTC – Edinburgh - £6,450
The national cycling charity, CTC, was established in 1878 as a membership organisation that promotes and protects the rights of cyclists through campaign work. Their Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Communities Funded project, Belles on Bikes, will engage with women all over Scotland, in particular communities within Edinburgh, Glasgow, Fife, Falkirk, Perth and Kinross and North Lanarkshire, to establish, run and support cycling activities and clubs for women and/or families.
4. Bikeability @ 7th Beechwood Scouts, 7th Beechwood Scouts – Stirling - £1,020
7th Beechwood Scouts formed in 1909 and to date consists of 2 Beaver sections, 2 Cub sections and a Scout section. The main aim of the group is to provide Scouting activity for boys and girls aged six to fourteen in Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. The Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Communities Funded project, Bikeability @ 7th Beechwood Scouts, will train Scout leaders to provide Bikeability training at levels 1 and 2. This will give more children the confidence to travel by bike on road and overall reduce the reliance on car transportation from parents. Participation in Bikeability @7th Beechwood Scouts will allow the Cubs and Scouts to be awarded with the Cycling Activity Badge.
5. Auchinleck Academy Cycling, Auchinleck Academy – Ayrshire - £3,900
Auchinleck Academy is situated in the village of Auchinleck with a catchment to the surrounding villages of Mauchline, Catrine, Sorn, Muirkirk, Drongan and Ochiltree. The Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Communities Funded project, Auchinleck Academy Cycling, will allow pupils to engage with the safety aspects of cycling and allow them to confidently carry out the checks required to ensure a bike is safe to use. The project will be delivered as part of the broad general education from S1 to S3 with scope to include cycle use into the S4 core curriculum.
6. Seasonal Wheels, Glasgow Bike Station – Glasgow - £6,108
The Bike Station is Glasgow’s largest bicycle recycling organisation that run twice weekly bike maintenance and fix your own bike classes. They also run a Better Way to Work project which focuses on reducing pollution by encouraging a travel behavior change – from car use to more sustainable means. The Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Communities Funded project, Seasonal Wheels, will compliment some of the programmes already running by providing support and encouraging cycling for short journeys and for commuting throughout the year.
7. Beith Can Bike, Beith Community Development Trust – Ayrshire - £5,250
Beith Community Development Trust (BCDT) is a community anchor organisation which is focused on improving the mental and physical fitness and well-being of the community. The Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Communities Funded project, Beith Can Bike, will run a ‘Scrap and Swap Scheme’. This will allow community members to swap old bikes that are beyond repair, for refurbished second hand bikes. A ‘Social Cycle’ scheme will also be established whereby cycling focused events and lead cycles will be promoted to encourage more cycling within the community.
8. Saltersgate on Wheels, Saltersgate Special School – Midlothian - £2,359
Saltersgate Special School provides education for Primary and Secondary aged children who have a wide range of moderate to severe additional learning needs. The Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Communities Funded project, Saltersgate on Wheels, will provide learning and support for pupils and staff interested in cycling. The project will introduce a lunchtime bike club, offer Cycling National 1 and 2 courses, establish an afterschool staff bike club and provide advice on cycling in the local community.
9. Put your west foot forward, West Lothian Community Health & Care Partnership – West Lothian - £5,388
Put Your West Foot Forward (PYWFF) sits within the West Lothian Community Health and Care Partnership and with the support of Paths for All, is funded by the Health Improvement Fund. They provide weekly volunteer led health walks with a particular focus on reducing health inequalities. The Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Communities Funded project PYWFF, will use a similar model to what has proven successful for walking by providing community and staff led cycle rides. A bike lending library will also be established to ensure rides are accessible to all, in particular homeless units and community groups established in SIMD areas.
10. Go Bike Project, Bridge 8 Hub – Edinburgh - £6,000
Bridge 8 Hub is a social enterprise currently in the process of developing Edinburgh’s first purpose built canal based outdoor activity adventure hub. Bridge 8 Go Bike project has been developed in consultation with local primary schools and community groups. The overall vision of Bridge 8 Hub’s Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Communities Funded project, Go Bike, is for the creation of a cycling neighbourhood. Go Bike as a community cycling hub aims to promote cycling/ mountain biking in and around the Union Canal, Water of Leith and Pentland Hills and will coordinate a community bike rental scheme.
11. Coatbridge is Cycling, I AM Bikes – North Lanarkshire - £5,800
I AM Bikes was formed as a Charity in October 2012 with an aim to increase the number of people cycling locally and help drive forward a community led initiative based around bikes. I AM Bikes Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Communities funded project, Coatbridge is Cycling, will encourage family cycling within Coatbridge. They will inspire children to cycle to school and encourage parents to leave cars at home. They will run family cycling awareness days and provide support to the community through delivering cycle training and bike maintenance classes.
12. Safe as Houses Residential Project, Alternatives – West Dunbartonshire - £6,480
Alternatives are a voluntary sector agency that provides intensive support programmes to adults with substance misuse issues within West Dunbartonshire. The Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Communities Funded project, Safe as Houses, will encourage and promote the use of bicycles as an alternative to public transport, private car and company vehicle use by opening up access to bikes for service users and staff group. The project will aim to reduce carbon emissions whilst significantly improving the health and wellbeing of the community.
13. Edinburgh Napier Travel Plan, Edinburgh Napier University – Edinburgh - £2,225
Environmental Management at Edinburgh Napier University is governed by the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Group (ESAG). Members of ESAG include staff and students represented by Napier Students’ Association. Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Communities Funded project, Edinburgh Napier Travel Plan, will be a series of events and opportunities that fit into and enhance the development of the new University Travel Plan, to be published in August 2013. The project will pull together all aspects of travel to and from all University campuses with a view of supporting staff, students and visitors to consider alternative modes of travel, with a particular focus on cycling.
14. CHANGES Cycle for Health, CHANGES Community Health – East Lothian - £2,305
CHANGES is a local community health project, established in 1996 to promote positive wellbeing and provide opportunities for people in East Lothian to find ways towards healthier and less stressful living. The Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Communities Funded project, Changes Cycle for Health, will train volunteers to take community groups on led rides and carry out bicycle maintenance. This will have an overall impact in people’s confidence in cycling and as a result will have an impact on the modal shift in the community.
15. Cycle Friendly Dunbar, Sustaining Dunbar – East Lothian - £2,430
Sustaining Dunbar brings people together to inspire and support new initiatives in the Dunbar and East Linton ward. This helps to create local jobs, cut household fuel bills, increase locally grow food, raise environmental awareness and overall encourages people to spend more time locally. The Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Communities Funded project, Cycle Friendly Dunbar, is designed to give local people the confidence to cycle more and cycle further through installing public Bike Hubs, where track pumps will be available to the community for use at any time. They will also provide a bike recovery service where basic bike repair and maintenance will be taught.
16. Cycling Dalgety Bay Bike Festival, Cycling Dalgety Bay – Fife - £235
Cycling Dalgety Bay is a community group set up to promote cycling and its benefits in the Dalgety Bay Area. The Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Communities Funded project, Cycling Dalgety Bay Bike Festival, aims to promote and encourage ladies cycling, cycling as an alternative means of transport and to encourage all members of the community to try cycling. Included will be; family attractions, group led cycles, skills development and the sharing of information amongst fellow cyclists of all levels. There will be several post event led rides in the area to keep the momentum and build upon skills and cycle confidence.
17. Cothrom Eile Project, Mungo Foundation – Glasgow - £3,000
Cothrom Eile is a mixed residential unit for homeless people with addiction issues which opened six years ago. It accommodates ten residents for a minimum period of six to nine months. During their stay, residents will work through a comprehensive programme of group work, activities and one-to-one counselling to help deal with their addiction and accommodation issues. The Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Communities Funded project, Cothrom Eile Project, will provide bikes that will allow all the residents to travel to different locations throughout Glasgow as part of their weekly outing which is key to mental and physical health improvements.
Cycle Ride Leader - This is a one day course aimed at those who will be leading groups through a variety of rides on pre-planned risk assessed routes within their local area, usually as part of a larger project. Such programmes are likely to be aimed at adult groups and the emphasis may be on those returning to cycling, those wanting to be more active, a health focus or merely to highlight the range of rides available locally. Click here for more information.
Bike Events Scotland - Scotland’s most comprehensive bike events website, providing a list of every kind of bike event in one place. Visit www.bikeeventsscotland.com to find events local to your group, or to add your own cycle event.
Hall of Fame – Please visit our Community Cycling Project Hall of Fame with information on all the projects we have funded or supported so far under the Community Cycling Innovation Fund, including a selection of helpful case studies to give you ideas and promote shared learning.
Travel Plan Diary - Travel diaries are a great way to monitor how we travel and look at how we can make these trips more sustainable, if needed. Click on this link to download a useful travel diary here
Carbon Calculator – Why not monitor how much carbon you have used on your journey using the following link - carbon calculator
Online Community Mapping
Cycling Scotland teamed up with cyclestreets.net to create opportunities and resources to support communities to map cycle facilities in their local area.
We offer a half-day Community Mapping Workshop teaching people how to start using openstreetmap to mark routes, trails and facilities in their local area. To book a space on a workshop contact Shona Morris on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shona Morris – Development Officer
Christopher Johnson – Lead Development Officer