At the end of last month, LEAP linked up with Active Communities Linwood at Kintyre Park to promote cycling as part of Cycling UK’s Big Bike Revival. The next Active Communities event will be held on 30th October at Linwood’s OnX Athletics Track. Join in the Family cycle or come along for the Bikeswap between 11.30 and 2pm.
Upcycled fashion and fashion swapping proved a Big Mix when over 80 young people and adults came along to swap their clothes and to witness the newest catwalk designs in upcycled clothing made by ReMode, the unique boutique for young people. As well as fashion, volunteering was the name tag on many of the clothes.
As a community based Charity & Social Enterprise LEAP needs your feedback to help us shape the future of both the work locally within Lochwinnoch and across wider Renfrewshire. To help shape the work that we deliver in the coming years we need your thoughts, ideas and feedback. Please complete the LEAP feedback survey on our website or pick up a printed copy from one of the LEAP offices to help us improve our support at a community level and prioritise our plans for projects in 2017 and beyond. There will be a prize draw of people who take part in the survey. To access the online survey and find out more please go to: www.myleapproject.org/survey
This year, ReMode presents a unique Fashion Show and Swish Clothes Swap event at Kilbarchan Guide Hall on Saturday 8th October from 7pm. Book your tickets as soon as possible (£3 booking fee), from ReMode at 39 High Street, Lochwinnoch, or from LEAP Offices, 22 Church Street, Lochwinnoch, Advance Place, Bridge of Weir.
LEAP’s ‘Cycle for Summer’ in August was planned to raise awareness of cycling and to get a snapshot of just how many miles local people cycle in a month. Judging from the 1328 miles that 12 residents and families clocked up – it’s a mighty fair distance and more than a single cycle from John O’Groats to Lands End! Whether it’s to commute between home and work, for health and fitness, as a hobby or simply for enjoyment, cycling offers a clean and healthy way to travel. ‘I like to cycle at least 35 kilometres a week and I get the chance to visit some interesting landmarks too.’ ‘I’ve been cycling from Lochwinnoch to Paisley to work and back every day for the last 3 weeks – it was around a 35 minute cycle each way and I’ve really enjoyed the experience.’ Thanks to everyone who took part and ‘Keep on Cycling’!
Brookfield Gala Day was a great day out for everyone who came along on Saturday 20th August, despite the early downpours. LEAP held a BIKESWAP at this event for the first time and local people and families were really up for taking part, either by donating their cycles or bringing along one to swap. The local park and field was a perfect terrain for everyone to try out bike sizes, and to take a little test ride. Susie Smith from LEAP said ‘it’s been great to see so many families wanting to start cycling and the Bikeswap has given them an opportunity to do so.’ A Big LEAP thanks to the committee and everyone in Brookfield who so kindly donated or swapped their bikes at the event.
Cycling in Lochwinnoch last week Alan Gilmour, came across what he described as a real cyclist’s rest stop at Blackditch Bay. Following on with some further research into Alan’s discovery, the carved wooden furniture featuring story telling chairs and a series of predators and prey, is part of Semple Trail Heritage Project. Alan Brown from the project, gives us a fuller account, “These eye catching benches were produced by a chainsaw artist, Iain Chalmers to help visitors learn more about local species. The benches have been installed alongside two story telling ‘thrones’ suitable for Lord and Lady Semple who first owned the land in the late 15th Century. The furniture that has proven to be very popular with cyclists, walkers and visitors of all ages, is well worth a visit and a great stop off point to enjoy your sandwiches.’ For more information about the Heritage trail, visit the website.
Preparation for a family cycle does mean the cycle helmets and bikes are to the ready as seen in these fun and artistic photos by the Allison family. The four cycled the 14 miles Lochwinnoch to Johnstone route last weekend and came across a rather unusual Bike!
Bridge of Weir cyclist and hobby photographer, Alan Gilmour, cycles 50 kilometers every week. On a recent cycle and as part of the LEAP Cycle for Summer, he stopped to take a photograph of a key landmark on the Glasgow to Greenock cycle path.
Sited between Bridge of Weir and Kilmacolm on the Cycle 75 track, cyclists pass a sculpture locally known as ‘the soldiers’ but named ‘the Legion of Soldiers’ or ‘the Lost Roman Legion’ by sculpture David Kemp, who utilises junk and recycled materials in his work. This artwork has become a landmark for cyclists to the area and Alan has kindly shared this selfie with LEAP. ‘This cycle route is inspiring and well worth a stop to take in this outstanding landmark.’
The Allison family cycled 15 miles on a Weekend Sunday in August on the Strathkelvin Railway Path from Strathblane to Kirkintilloch and back. What they had to say about it was, ‘This route was a lovely family friendly cycle, with great views of the countryside. These photographs were taken during the day and show the rou te signposts, the forest cycle and cycle path landmarks.’
To find out more about family friendly cycling routes in Scotland, share your family cycling experiences with LEAP, or to plan your route, visit the Sustrans Scotland website at http://www.sustrans.org.uk/scotland/national-cycle-network
I’ve been cycling part of the way to work now for very almost a year. It’s been a swap from taking the car into all the way from Bridge of Weir into Glasgow, to instead cycling from Bridge of Weir to Johnstone rail station to catch the train the rest of the way. There is a dedicated cycle area in each train on this route, where you can sit your bike, or some people also just lock up their bike at the station on Johnstone and go as a passenger onto the train.
Continue reading Cycling for Summer – The Commuter
LEAP asked Exercise Physiotherapist, Dr Morag Thow (MCSP,BSc,Dip PE. MBE) to provide an expert opinion on the merits of cycling to sustain and improve Health and Fitness:
The Importance of Regular Exercise
To be fit and healthy you need to be physically active. Regular physical activity can help protect you from serious diseases such as obesity, coronary heart disease, some cancers, mental illness, type 2 diabetes and improves or prevents arthritis.
Dust off your bikes and get cycling! Bike the wrong size? Swap for another. Unused bike lurking at the back of the garage? Donate it, so another can use it. No bike to swap? Come along to see if we have one that suits you.
Bikes can be dropped off from 1pm on Saturday 20th August at LEAP’s Stand at Village Field, Brookfield, with the Bike Swap and the Gala Day starting at 2pm. If you have no bike to swap, come along later to see if we have one that suits you. For more information, please check out the Facebook page or Brookfield’s Facebook page.
Are you clocking your cycle miles in August? If you are, let LEAP know. We’re asking local people to take part in ‘Cycle for Summer’. All you have to do is log the miles or kilometres you cycle in August and record them with LEAP. The challenge is planned to get more people cycling, whether it’s for fun, leisure or a new way to travel to work. We’ve also got Electric Bikes available as a FREE hire to get you started on your cycling journey or you can u se your own bike if you already have one.
Visit the community page to register for LEAP’s Cycle for Summer Challenge – you can also contact our team on 01505 612034 or 01505 842530 or pop into our offices in Bridge of Weir or Lochwinnoch. To hire an e-bike in August, please contact LEAP for details – book early as availability will be limited.
A BIG WARM WELCOME to Ruth MacLeod, the recently appointed Community Energy Adviser, now working at LEAP. Ruth who is a local resident of Brookfield took up her new position as Community Energy Adviser in June and has been introducing herself to residents and community groups at the many village and community events and gala days LEAP has been involved in so far this summer.