The Chester Cycling Campaign’s Cycle Buddies Scheme matches experienced volunteer Helper Buddies with those who would like some support in developing their cycling skills and confidence. We are looking to recruit experienced cyclists to act as buddies to help others develop their skills and confidence. This will involve only a few hours of your time, and will give you the satisfaction of helping fellow cyclists to use their bikes more often.
You don’t need any training to be a cycle buddy, and you are not training your buddy in how to ride, but we do want you to feel confident that you can ride safely with another person. We expect you to be riding at the level of Bikeability 3 – check that out here:
We ask you to offer your buddy at least three rides/sessions together – and maybe a few more. We envisage that a ride/session might be 60-90 minutes long. We anticipate that about 3 to 6 rides/sessions will be about right for most people, but of course this may vary.
As the scheme is new, we don’t know how long it will be before somebody in your area is looking for help. Once matched with a buddy, please get in touch with your buddy, find out what their cycling experience is and what sort of ride they want to do. Ask your buddy what their cycling goals are.
As a Cycle Buddy you are not responsible for the cyclist you have buddied with, and that person enters a buddying arrangement strictly on that basis. Both Buddies ride at their own risk, in the same way as anyone who cycles for transport. If you think someone is not confident enough to cycle with you then you can recommend they get some cycle training (local sources are listed here (insert link to paragraph in “How the Scheme Works”), and re-enter the Buddy Scheme later.
Your role will be to help your buddy to plan a safe route and then you lead the journey, riding the route together (at a safe physical distance for Covid security).
Get in touch using the form below to express your interest and to find out more. We would love to hear from you!