Cyber Cyclists

Activities and support during the coronavirus pandemic

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Getting started

What is Cyber Cyclists?

Cyber Cyclists is a programme of cycling themed activities and support for bike recipients and volunteers of The Bike Project during the coronavirus pandemic. During weekdays we host a variety of group activities which will develop skills and provide a platform to share the many talents of refugees and volunteers within our community. We are also able to provide virtual bike maintenance and support to beneficiaries over the phone.

What is the eligibility criteria?

The daily sessions which we will run are for adults only, so you must be over 18 years old to join in. In addition, you must be a refugee in receipt of a free bike from The Bike Project, be on our waiting list for a bike or have participated in Pedal Power, Bike Buddies or Volunteering with The Bike Project in the past.

How do I sign up?

If you fit the eligibility criteria above then please contact us to register with us as a Cyber Cyclist. You will then receive a daily invite by SMS to the activity that we will be hosting that afternoon.

Cyber Cyclist timetable

What activities will The Bike Project run?

During weekdays we host a different bicycle themed group activity using Zoom. If you are registered for our programme you will receive an SMS invite each day with information about the planned activity. Activities will always be facilitated by a member of staff but they can be lead by any guest host from our community of refugees, volunteers, staff and supporters.

Activities include:

  • Education: English for cyclists, preventative maintenance, tool handling, journey planning and what to pack for a bike ride.
  • Physical Fitness: Exercise routines for cyclists, yoga for cyclists, how to improve cycling stamina and performance.
  • Well-being: Yoga for relaxation, meditation, recipes and nutrition for cycling.
  • Social & Cultural: Bicycle book and film club, virtual bike tours, interview Q+A series, bicycles in art history and bikes & activism

Current Timetable

DAY TIME ACTIVITY TYPE
Monday 12:00pm Yoga for cyclists (fortnightly)
Tuesday 9:00am Physical fitness for cyclists – (fortnightly)
Thursday Various ABCD of Bike Care
Friday 9am Yoga for cyclists

Other online Activities

In addition to the above activities we provide a directory of other activities and support services which people can access at any time online.

We are also able to provide signposting and information to other support services, just get in touch.

Offline Activities – Pen Friends

We are aware that not everyone has access to WiFi or the devices to join in our daily online activities. If you would like to join our offline support programme (Pen Friends) then please get in touch and we will add you to our contact list. Once registered, you will receive  daily SMS, telephone activities and support.

Using Zoom

How do I connect to the Zoom meeting?

You can join our Zoom meetings from any smartphone or computer with WiFi from your usual internet browser by clicking the URL we send you. If you already have the Zoom app, that is great. If you have not used Zoom before, click here to find instructions in Arabic, Tigrinya, Somali, French and other languages.

If you cannot download Zoom or do not want to set up a Zoom account, you can still access the sessions. See instructions on how to do this below.

How do I connect to the Zoom group activity without the App or an email address?

All you need to do is follow the link that is sent to you in the daily SMS or email reminders we send to you and adjust your browser settings within the browser menu (choose to view “Desktop Site”). If you are not sure how to do this then watch the video tutorial below:

Bicycle repairs

Help my bike is broken!

Refugees with a free bike from The Bike Project are eligible for lifetime repairs and maintenance. At this time our workshop is closed but we are able to give you support over the phone or by video call to try and help you repair and maintain your bike yourself. Please contact us to request a phone call from a mechanic.

Where can I pump my tyres?

Cycle shops are an essential business and therefore most are still open despite the restrictions in place. Find out where your nearest bike shop is on Google and ring them to check if they are open and ask if you can come in to use a bike pump to ensure that your tyres are fully inflated. They should not normally charge you for this.

Other Support

COVID-19 Health Information

Doctors of the World have put together some amazing resources about Coronavirus which they have translated into different languages most commonly spoken by refugees. You can access this information via their website.  During this time we know that people may feel more anxious than usual. Please contact us if you would like further information about support services that can help or just for a chat.

Contact us for further help

We are here for you!

Call: 0207 733 80 98  Email info@thebikeproject.co.uk  for advice and support during this time. We aim to get back to you as soon as we can.
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