WHAT IS THE LOCKDOWN BIKE CLUB?

The Lockdown Bike Club is a collaboration project alongside members of the Making Trax Club Network. The aim of the Lockdown Bike Club is to help community bike clubs navigate the coronavirus crisis and continue their support for their coaches, volunteers and participants.

 

WHY DOES THIS MATTER?

An awful lot of people entered the crisis in a very fragile state and the situation is almost impossible for lots of vulnerable and disadvantaged people. The lockdown is likely to last for months, which is long enough to have a significant social and emotional impact on young people that hinders their chances of fulfilling their potential. Many of the people in our extended network depended on their local bike clubs for physical activity, social connection, structure and routine. The lockdown has taken all this away, but we believe these same community clubs can play an important role in reducing the social impact of the Coronavirus crisis. Especially if we work together!

Most of the bike clubs in the Making Trax network serve diverse populations and include disadvantaged and vulnerable members of society. As a sport inclusion charity we believe we must do everything we can to support these clubs through the current crisis and enable each one to carry on making a meaningful impact on people’s lives – especially those on the margins of society.

We’re currently working with clubs in our network to reinvent the community bike club for a socially distant era. This collaborative project is called the Lockdown Bike Club.

 

HOW ARE WE MAKING THIS HAPPEN?

By establishing the Lockdown Bike Club we aim to understand the most important challenges faced by members of our network, create space for developing and testing radical new ideas, pull together content, practical tools, resources and empowering others to do more to serve their communities too. By building a central hub for clubs during the lockdown we want to build even greater solidarity with key partners across the sector, amplify the great things being done by others, avoid unnecessary duplications and act as a catalyst for hundreds of other clubs to adapt what they’re doing to meet the complex challenges of today.

We can’t change things on our own so please get in touch with Andy James if you’d like to get involved with the Lockdown Bike Club, or you can join the discussion, ask questions and share ideas on our Facebook Group

Andy James, the Making Trax National Network Manager said:

Since clubs locked up their bikes for the last time in March, the amount of energy, ambition and content creation from the cycling community has been remarkable. By setting up the Lockdown Bike Club, we want to harness all this and ensure we all work together to make the most meaningful difference we can


WHAT ARE WE DOING?
  • Building an online hub to help community bike clubs during Covid-19.
  • Establishing collaborative groups to develop and test ideas together
  • Hosting webinars and discussions to help share ideas and resources
  • A library of tools, resources and inspiration for bike clubs that care about their people
  • Delivering Live Club Sessions
  • Adapting inclusive projects Wingz and BMXercise for the virtual world









WHO ELSE IS INVOLVED?

We can’t create change on our own. Which is why we’re working alongside the brilliant clubs in the Making Trax Club Network. 

 

GET INVOLVED

As this is an unusual situation for us all, we'd really appreciate your feedback so we can support you as best as we can.  Let us know about other activities you have seen, any ideas you have to fill gaps we may not be currently covering, or anything you have really enjoyed and would like more of! Send us your thoughts and ideas via email:

[email protected] or tag us on social media using #lockdownbikeclub  

You can join discussions, ask questions and chat about club life during lockdown by joining the Making Trax Club Hub on Facebook!

 

Tell us about the great things you and your club have been doing to help people get through the current crisis [email protected]. We’re always looking to shine the spotlight on other inspiring projects. We can make a much bigger difference if we do things together.