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WOM+N’S WORKSHOP

RICKSHAW RIDES

THE ROB SLOWLEY FREE BIKE SCHEME

BIKE LIBRARY – COMING SOON!

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A wom+n-led session where like minded individuals can come together to learn bicycle mechanics, fix their own bikes and meet people at the Ride On workshop. 

Why Wom+n?

We use the term wom+n to underline inclusivity and to be absolutely clear that we explicitly include women of colour, trans women, femme/feminine-identifying genderqueer and non-binary folks and any other person who may feel discriminated against in some areas of feminism. We want to create an inclusive space, full of enthusiasm and friendly encouragement for trying something new. 

For us, the + in wom+n recognises that not all women’s groups are fully inclusive. We hope it shows that we seek to be as inclusive as possible in keeping with our need to offer a space free from the influences of sexism and other forms of discrimination or exclusion. 

Pronounce it however you like!

These sessions are led by the small team of female mechanics and volunteers working at the Ride On. We saw a gap in our community where plenty of wom+n we know cycle and own bikes, but many don’t have the confidence and knowledge to fix their bikes themselves, or maintain them to keep them working smoothly and safely. While reflecting upon this gap, we recognise that this may be partially due to the cis-male dominated environments of bike workshops, which can feel intimidating for others. 

We wanted to introduce a space free of judgement and pressure where wom+n could come to learn basic bike mechanics to empower them to work on their own bikes and hopefully make them cycle more. These sessions are a safe space with no egos or arrogance, just the freedom to be yourself. We are respectful of everyone and there are definitely no silly questions. No experience necessary!

The workshops are led by a female mechanic at Ride On, and helped by a female volunteer, so there will be two people on hand to help out and teach. We encourage everyone to help everyone out, so feel free to share what you know and bring any knowledge you have already to the sessions. 

All tools are provided in the workshop, but we encourage you to bring your own bike – it’s great to get to know yours better! There could be a rare occasion that we will not be able to work on it – in this instance, a substitute from the workshop can be used instead. If you are unable to bring your bike let us know when you register for a session and we can accommodate.

The workshop is here to allow you to gain confidence, meet like minded people and get stuck in and get our hands dirty! That being said, we understand such environments may be potentially intimidating for some. If this is the case feel free to get in touch and we would be happy to meet beforehand to settle you in. 

When & What To Expect?

Tuesday evenings, 6pm – 8pm  

The first hour will generally cover a main skill which will be outlined on the booking page. This skill will change every few weeks but bear in mind if you do one session, to maybe wait a few weeks before you book again as the session will largely be the same until the skill we are teaching changes. The second hour will be more relaxed and an opportunity to check over your own bikes and either practice the skill you’ve learnt further, or develop other skills. 

There is no commitment to stay for the full 2 hours if you are unable to. 

How Do I Book?

Spaces are limited to 6 people per session to allow enough space to work on bikes in the workshop. To book a session, load the Calendly calendar below or click the link here: https://calendly.com/dr-bike1/wom-n-s-workshop?month=2021-09

Click on the date you want to book and see if there are spaces remaining. If so, book in and answer the questions so we know a little more about you. 

Sessions are run by donation as we do not want funds to be a barrier to anyone participating. We suggest a £5 donation per session. We are a charity so any donations made go directly back into helping us put more bikes back on the road, or helping more people to get into cycling! If you require any parts during the session to fix your own bike, these are charged per part at cost price.

If you wish to make a donation to the project, you can do so via the following link: paypal.com/gb/fundraiser/charity/69257

NEW COURSE! Introduction to wheel maintenance : Wednesday 24th November, 17:30 – 20:30

This session will be 3 hours long. It will consist of an introduction to the components of the wheel and how they work, followed by a hands-on activity of changing a spoke, truing and dishing a wheel. We will provide a wheel (with three-cross lacing) for each participant to work on, but if they have a wheel that needs fixing on their bike, they are welcome to bring it and we will try to help. To book, see the link below. Please note, this calendar is solely for booking the wheel maintenance course.

Contact [email protected]  for more information.

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RICKSHAW RIDES

The Rickshaw Rides project was created to enable people, who are unable to ride a bike, the opportunity to experience the joys of cycling. We have been operating Rickshaw rides for more than 3 years.

The Rickshaw Rides project is run by a group of trained and dedicated Ride-On volunteers who provide people who might otherwise have little opportunity to leave their homes to get outside into fresh air.  The Rickshaw currently operates rides around the Exeter Quay and the canal bank. We have links with a number of local charities and care homes across the city.

The project was begun back when one of our volunteers who was inspired by a Danish project called Cycling without Age. They brought the idea back to Exeter and started to raise money for a Rickshaw, and were grateful to receive funding from Exeter City Councillors to make it possible.

We teamed up with Greenslades to offer regular rides for their residents, and due to the success of the project we looked to secure a second rickshaw.

We took delivery of our second rickshaw in 2019 which was partly funded by John Woolner’s epic ride – taking his Penny Farthing from John O Groats to Lands End and raising funds along the way. This was combined with a grant from the Barchester Foundation.

Our Rickshaw rides are increasingly popular, and we are always looking for more volunteers to help get involved and become ride leaders.

If you would like to help us with the Rickshaw Project, please contact [email protected]

THE ROB SLOWLEY FREE BIKE SCHEME

Our free bike scheme started in 2020, to mark the charity putting it’s 3000th bicycle back into use. Ride On has grown rapidly since it’s formation in 2011, with one of our volunteers, Rob Slowley, playing an important part in our development. Rob tragically died in March. Our team of trustees, staff and volunteers decided to name this scheme after him, to recognise and remember his contribution and friendship.

Our free bicycle scheme is supported by Dakota Tucker, a young Mountain Bike rider from Devon, and Saddles & Paddles, the bike shop that also hires out bikes, canoes and kayaks at the Quay.

Heather Baker, Saddles & Paddles owner said: “we are thrilled to support Ride On with their bike give-away programme, by donating a D-lock and helmet for the recipient of each bike. As an independent bike shop, we’re keen to do what we can to support great initiatives like this to enable more people to cycle.”

If you work for a charity or educational institution you can propose someone for a free bicycle. Complete the form below and send it to [email protected]

Please note that we can only give away two bicycles a month, one adult and one kids bike. If we receive more applications than this we will try our hardest to get everyone a bike, but this might not always be possible.

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BIKE LIBRARY – COMING SOON!

To help make cycling more accessible to more people, Ride On now offer a Bike Library. The Bike Library offers long-term loans of adaptive bikes to provide an opportunity to test out adaptive bikes & trikes that could make cycling more inclusive.

‘It is a common myth that Disabled people don’t or can’t cycle. According to Transport for London (TfL), in London alone 12% of Disabled people cycle regularly or occasionally, compared to 17% of non-Disabled people’

Wheels for Wellbeing – Guide to Inclusive Cycling

Further research by Wheels for Wellbeing has shown that 75% of disabled cyclists find it easier than walking, further highlighting the potential of cycling as a mobility aid. 

We will have 3 types of bikes to choose from – a small fleet that we hope to expand in the future as we assess our users needs.