The Social Cycle

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The Social Cycle is a weekly workshop for adults experiencing social isolation. We fix bikes, we drink tea, we chat and have fun, we even enjoy a monthly ride together. We tackle social isolation by providing the space for people to come together in a relaxed, friendly, nonjudgmental environment and many of the bikes we fix go to support the Project’s Earn a Bike programme.

The Social Cycle is open to anyone, so if you, or someone you know would like to come along and get involved, please email chris@thebristolbikeproject.org.

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“It makes my Fridays! I know I’m coming to a peaceful environment with good teachers who’ll show me how to use the right tools. They’re very understanding and let me get on with it and make my own mistakes. I get more from this than I ever expected to. I was a 4×4 driver, but now I love to cycle.” Justin

 

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“The Social Cycle has been exciting, it’s opened my eyes and now I always look forward to coming. The sense of humour and relaxed atmosphere has been fantastic, plus there’s so much support and help. I started cycling about six years ago and didn’t stop – like Forest Gump! It’s great exercise and I need that.” Paul

 

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“I enjoy coming in, having a laugh and a joke, as well as learning new things, stripping down and putting together bikes. I’d never worked on bikes before coming here, but I like getting my hands dirty. Since starting this, I’ve gained an NVQ in cycle mechanics which I really enjoyed. It’s become a hobby. After earning my bike on the two week course, I was glad Luke and Chris asked me to come back and volunteer.

I like that it’s flexible, and if I can’t make it, they understand, there’s no pressure like you’d get in a job. If we have any problems, we talk about them and solve them together.” George