Hub M.O.T Service Gets The Green Light

Brian Elkin - case studyLeft: Brian proudly showing off his wheels to work.

Lollipop man Brian got in contact with us to share his satisfaction with his bike M.O.T performed by The Hub’s mechanics. Brian brought his bike in for some TLC following a discussion he had with a Hub volunteer who had passed Brian on duty. He said that “it’s like a new bike!”

Brian travels 2 miles between his home and work, 4 times a day by bike, so as to monitor the school crossing before and after school. He said that “by keeping me on my bike, I am able to make other people’s commute to school safe and possible!”

He continued to say that “without the bike I would have to walk or pay for the bus. I have knee trouble so walking would be a problem. I have also had my hip replaced and I don’t want to make my joints worse.”

As demonstrated by Brian, cycling offers an active, environmentally friendly, low-cost mode of transport as well as a physically low-impact form of exercise which is great for long term personal health and fitness!

Thanks for sharing your story Brian!

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Weekend Cycle Sisters Ride CANCELLED

Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances we are short of ride staff again for this Saturday’s ride to great Ayton – 16th September 2017. Our most sincere apologies. Please come along to our ‘All in Pink’ and ‘All in Blue’ charity ride on Saturday 7th October where a men’s ride will follow a route in reverse of a women’s ride meeting in the middle for a café break!

September Basic Bike Maintenance Course

IMG_20170628_122756142We will be running our free bike maintenance course on the 27th September.

The course teaches you the basic principles of bike maintenance in order to give you the skills to keep your bike healthy. The maintenance courses include:

  • How to replace and patch an Inner Tube (fix a flat tyre)
  • The ‘M-check’ safety check of your bike
  • Adjusting gears & brakes
  • How to tell when to replace items (brake pads, rims, bearing etc.)
  • Adjusting your headset
  • What products & techniques to use to care for your bike

The Cycle Maintenance Courses run from 09:00am to 12:30pm.  Due to limited spaces on the courses we do require that participants book on so you can let us know by phone 01642803441, by e-mail stocktonactivetravel@sustrans.org.uk or by popping in to see us at the Hub 17 Bridge Road, TS183AA.

Weekend Ride Cancelled

Unfortunately this weekend’s ride to the ‘Western Villages’ has been cancelled due to a shortage of ride staff. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. We are very disappointed to be unable to lead this ride and hope to see you on our rides this month – Cycle Sisters 16/09/17 (women only sorry!) and next month.

Ripon Away Day – 15/09/2017

Ripon Away Day – 15th September 2017

A 3.75 mile walk which passes through Studley Royal Park, where we should see herds of deer. We will then follow the footpath through the woods beside the River Skell before entering Ripon. You will then have approximately 2 hours to explore Ripon at you leisure before returning to the Ragworth Neighbourhood Centre on the coach. Meet at Ragworth Neighbourhood Centre at 9.30am and arrive back at approximately 3.45pm.

Ripon Deer

Bookings for this walk will be taken from Tuesday 29 August 2017 for The Friends of Stockton Health Walks members and Thursday 31 August 2017 for non-members.

Telephone 07528 326 094 to book

 

Volunteering Opportunity – Walk Leaders Wanted!

Do you enjoy walking and would like to help inspire people in your local community to achieve a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle? We’re currently looking for enthusiastic and positive individuals to lead health walks as part of our fantastic Active Travel Hub in Stockton.

At the Active Travel Hub, Stockton we are committed to normalising walking and cycling for more of people’s short, everyday journeys. We do this through a range of activities, including travel advice, developing peoples’ cycling skills, free bike maintenance lessons and Dr Bike sessions and leading rides and walks.

We are looking for someone to support our current health walks in Stockton. Going forward you may have the opportunity to lead your own walks depending on your experience, confidence and desire to do so.

Any of our volunteer roles can be combined together according to the volunteers’ interests.

Summary of tasks:

As a volunteer walk leader, your tasks may include:

  • help lead or support regular health walks in the local community including our once monthly ‘Away Day’ walks from various locations (travel is arranged for you on these occasions)
  • understand the benefits of walking
  • passionately promote walking to participants
  • log your volunteer activities and report these to the Hub
  • liaise with your local volunteer group coordinator once a month.

Skills required:

We’re looking for someone who is:

  • able to communicate clearly
  • good at timekeeping
  • reliable
  • self-motivated
  • committed to walking as a way to help improve good health and wellbeing
  • understanding of a group’s fitness level and is able to adjust the walk accordingly.

Time commitment

Flexible. Ideally one to two hours per week. (Most walks are roughly an hour long)

Training and support offered

  • You’ll receive initial training and an induction session. Health and safety guidelines will be provided.
  • Walk leader and appropriate related training will be provided.
  • Ongoing support from our Hub officers.
  • In addition to this, Sustrans holds a number of training and networking days throughout the year which you can take part in.
  • You will receive ongoing feedback on the role and are able to join our online forum of volunteers where you can share ideas and learning with each other.

Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults

Our Safeguarding Statement sets out Sustrans’ organisational commitment to safeguarding best practice.

Find out more about the role

For more information please contact the officers at The Hub, Stockton at stocktonactivetravel@sustrans.org.uk or by calling 01642 803441.

To apply for this vacancy, please contact the Hub and ask to be provided with an application form which can be emailed or posted to you. You can also download the application form from the link below.

https://www.sustrans.org.uk/volunteer/get-involved/vacancies/volunteer-walk-leader-Stockton

Summer Travel Tales….

It’s been a long while since I put together a blog post so I have all summer to cover in a few hundred words. Thankfully, stand out moments have been common owing to a number of summer events but it would be great to build upon these moments more in the coming years. I will be honest and say that I wish I had planned more for Stockton Cycling Festival and in particular the RideStockton family ride. In part this is because of one stand out moment – the result of the small group of children, staff and a parent that joined us from Tilery Primary School. After leading a cycle snake of children from the school and doing a few laps of RideStockton, we caught up with the group before they headed home. 2 of the kids had beaming faces, bags full of free goodies and the memories from the day of cycling with their friends and also catching some of the attractions on the High Street such as bands, the fancy dress book corner on Silver Street and more. The day was an inspiring advert for Stockton. But I wish we had been able to share all of it with more families.

Another great advert for Stockton is SOUP, a community crowdfunding organisation that lets charities pitch their projects to win funding. We were privileged to get a pitching opportunity in July and we secured over £200 to support our project reconditioning donated bikes and loaning them to asylum seekers. The money we won has purchased sets of tools to be stationed at the Drop-In stations in Stockton which will allow asylum seekers to make small repairs and general maintenance on their bikes. The feedback we have received from asylum seekers shows that the bike loans can be life changing, making commutes shorter and more enjoyable, while opening up opportunities further afield.

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Kirkby Stephen Away Day Walk – 18 August 2017

 

Back to stand out moments and Alastair’s pick for the summer – a full family taking to our bikes and riding round Ropner Park for the ‘Friends Of Ropner Park’s‘ Eid Fusion Festival. The Hub bike stand was stationed in the avenue of trees between the bandstand and the fountain, a safe distance from the crowds at the food tent! Eric managed to pick out the most willing cyclist from a large family group and then coaxed other members into joining our ride. We filled our first ride using the 3 adult bikes available to us. Next the young family members were upon us and they were accompanied round by their Dad. Having seen Dad brave it, Mum and Aunties teamed up to make a third and final family lap of the park.

eid smileageAs it turned out the family was split between Leeds and Stockton but everyone was interested in new routes with the South Stockton Greenway sounding the most appealing because they had one family member who lived in Yarm. It was just as great to see small families fit into one ride and go around the park with youngsters making the most of much needed practise off stabilisers!

I will leave you with a more recent story. Only last week a new rider came in to the Hub for a long awaited one-to-one lesson with our Bikeability instructor Brian. However things didn’t go to plan as our new rider found herself following our Thursday ‘Pedal On’ ride out of the door! Luckily our volunteers quickly realised what had happened and one of them accompanied the newbie around the Riverside, completing 6 miles on her first ride. It goes to show that 6 miles is not an impossible target even for someone lacking a little confidence on a bike. After all, she had turned up at the Hub expecting a lesson and not a full ride!

Come and speak to us if you want information about cycle rides for different abilities as well as women only rides. We can also offer you information about the Stepping Out In Stockton Health Walks.

1/2 Day Bike Maintenance Course – 26/07/17

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The Cycle Maintenance Courses run from 09:00am to 12:30pm.  Due to limited spaces on the courses we do require that participants book on so you can let us know by phone 01642803441, by e-mail stocktonactivetravel@sustrans.org.uk or by popping in to see us at the Hub 17 Bridge Road, TS183AA.

The courses are fairly informal and while there is a lot to fit in in a short time it is open to questions throughout.  The courses are hands on with bikes supplied by the Hub for you to practice on.  You are also welcome to cycle down on your own bike and store it in our free secure bike parking facility, we can provide advice on the specific mechanics of that bike if required.

The maintenance courses run through:

  • How to replace and patch an Inner Tube (fix a flat tyre)
  • The ‘M-check’ safety check of your bike
  • Adjusting gears & brakes
  • How to tell when to replace items (brake pads, rims, bearing etc.)
  • Adjusting your headset
  • What products & techniques to use to care for your bike

All of the previous courses run by our experienced volunteer Chris have been rated a success. Book in for a slice of the action!