Tuesday, 1 October 2013

We are pleased to announce some new FREE Cycle Maintenance workshops for November and December 2013, taking place at Northfield Ecocentre . Run in conjunction with Bike Right, there will be a series of evening courses and one all day courses. The workshops are aimed at adults, and do not require any prior knowledge.

Free Cycle Maintenance Courses

Thursday evenings in November 2013, 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

7th November - Safety checks
14th November - Punctures
21st November - Brakes
28th November - Gears

There will also be a one all day course covering the above on Monday 2nd December 2013.

For more information and to book a place call Northfield Ecocentre on 0121 448 0119. 

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Lazy Sunday Rides

Lazy Sunday Bike Rides

Join us on the second Sunday of every month for a lazy Sunday bike ride. We are a group of people who enjoy going for bike rides. We go at the slowest pace. The routes are mainly quiet, away from roads, and with few hills. We stop for breaks when needed for refreshments and to enjoy the beautiful scenery of South Birmingham.

Our next ride is Sunday 11th August, leaving from the MUGA (multi use games area) in Victoria Common at 10.30am.

If you don't have a bike you can borrow one from our bike hub for free. You need to book one in advance from Northfield Ecocentre by phone on 0121 448 0119 or email enquiries@northfieldecocentre.org. You will need to bring with you photo ID, proof of address and complete a short form.

Come along and give it a try. 

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Free Bike Maintenance Courses

Free Bike Maintenance Courses

We are offering free bike maintenance courses in August and September through Bike Right and Smart Network Smarter Choices. You can book a place on one or all of the courses. They will be delivered by a trained instructor and take you through the process of fixing common problems with your bike.

The courses are:

General Safety Checks: Tuesday 13th August, 10am to 12noon 
                                     Saturday 7th September, 10am to 12noon
Fixing Punctures:           Tuesday 13th August, 12.30pm to 2.30pm
                                     Saturday 7th September, 12.30pm to 2.30pm
Brakes:                         Tuesday 20th August, 10am to 12noon
                                     Saturday 14th September, 10am to 12noon
Gears:                           Tuesday 20th August, 12.30pm to 2.30pm
                                     Saturday 14th September, 12.30pm to 2.30pm

Places are limited and are booking fast. Contact us to get a place on 0121 448 0119 or email enquiries@northfieldecocentre.org All courses are held at Northfield Ecocentre.

Monday, 15 July 2013

Cycle South Brum invite you to our project launch

Cycle South Brum launches on Thursday 25th July with an event starting at Northfield Ecocentre at 1pm. 

This event is for everyone, whether a keen cyclist or a complete beginner. If you have a bike gathering dust in your shed or garage, look it out and bring it along for Dr Bike to give it a free basic safety check. The Safer Travel Team will also be there to security mark your bike, for free. 

If you don't have a bike, don't worry. You can find out about our FREE loan service and sign up to take part.

We will have a gentle ride along some of the beautiful cycle routes south Birmingham has to offer, leaving the Ecocentre at 4pm. We'll finish at Masefield Community Garden for a BBQ.

No need to book, just come along and get on your bike!

Cycle South Brum Launches Thursday 25th July

An Exciting New Project for South Birmingham

We are really excited to announce a new project launching on Thursday 25th July.

Cycle South Brum is a partnership project to help people take the first steps to cycling confidently whether for commuting or leisure.

The project will provide FREE bike loans for local residents. It's easy to access a bike, just contact Northfield Ecocentre on the details below to find out availability and book your bike. Turn up on the day with photo ID, proof of address and be willing to fill out a short form. The bike is then yours until the agreed return time. 

There are currently 9 adult bikes available, male & female, donated through Be Active. We hope in the future to have a much larger pool of bikes including some children's.

Cycle South Brum also offers free maintenance courses through Centro's Smart Network Smarter Choices programme and delivered by Bike Right West Midlands.
The dates for these sessions are:

 -        13th August, Safety Checks 10am-noon, Punctures 12.30-2.30pm
·         20th August, Brakes 10am-noon, Gears 12.30-2.30pm
·         7th September, Safety Checks 10am-noon, Punctures 12.30-2.30pm
·         14th September Brakes 10am-noon, Gears 12.30-2.30pm

      Places must be booked in advance by contacting Northfield Ecocentre on 0121 448 0119 or email enquiries@northfieldecocentre.org. The Ecocentre is open Tuesday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. 
     Cycle South Brum runs free 'Lazy Sunday Rides' on the second Sunday of every month starting at 10.30am, meeting at the MUGA in Victoria Common. Next date is Sunday 11th August. Bikes are available before these rides but must be booked in advance.

      Project partners in Cycle South Brum are Northfield Ecocentre, Northfield Town Centre Partnership, Be Active, Northfield Business Improvement District, Northfield Pool & Fitness Centre, Centro Smart Network Smarter Choices, and local residents/cycling enthusiasts. We hold bi-monthly steering group meetings. Let us know if you are interested in helping to get the project going. We have received lots of help and support from Bike North Birmingham to get the project running.