At the beginning of lock down I joined a Community Cycle Group called ‘Cycle of Life’. I had been into cycling for a while but didn’t have a group to regularly ride with so I would sometimes go weeks without getting out on my bike! I saw a post by Cycle of Life’s founder Ibe on Facebook asking if anyone would be interested in volunteering. From a first glance the group really stood out to me as it didn’t look like your typical lyrca clad cycling group, instead it was a group of people from different backgrounds all at different levels of cycling!
After speaking to members of the group it became clear that the groups ethos was to remove barriers and stereotypes that might prevent people from enjoying the benefits of cycling. Cycle of Life was founded in Liverpool 8 and is designed to empower diverse communities and help create an inclusive cycling environment in Merseyside.
The first meet up was a great success, we even had a few ladies who were complete beginners. Despite differences in ability we all looked out for each other and those with more confidence helped out the beginners. It was a sunny day so we cycled on a route that one of the members had planned from Sefton Park to Green Bank Park stopping for a coffee at the end.
Since our first meet up plenty more people have joined and we have started regular evening and weekend rides to cater to everyone’s ability. Having a group to cycle with really motivated me to get out more and I enjoyed catching up with the group as much as I enjoyed exploring new places throughout Liverpool. We started off doing small rides around L8 and advanced to 20-30 miles rides across the city with help of Ian a Cycle of Life Member, who shown us the best places to ride up the North end of the city. Our longest ride was along the Trans Pennine Trial to Widnes, it was a fantastic ride with mostly female riders. We all egged each other on through the tough parts and I think we surprised ourselves when we realised how far we had cycled! This route has great views and plenty of traffic free riding along canals and cycle paths!
Over the last few months group rides have stopped because of Covid restrictions and it has made me realise how much the group motivated me to cycle. With restrictions lifting I can’t wait to get out with the group again this Spring!