Volunteer Cycle Ride Leader, Old Kilpatrick


Old Kilpatrick, West Dunbartonshire

Volunteer • Part Time

www.sustrans.org.uk sustransvolunteersscotland@sustrans.org.uk Volunteers Scotland

Reference: 288191

Sectors: sustainable transport

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

Do you want to help local people get out on their bikes, get more active, and explore your local area? We're looking for volunteers who are patient and good at encouraging people to help our Old Kilpatrick volunteer group run regular bike rides.

Help our friendly, experienced volunteers run bike rides on quiet roads and paths around Old Kilpatrick.

These bike rides aim to be leisurely social rides with a stop for tea and coffee and a chat along the way - perfect for people who are new to cycling or want to get more active.

Why become a Sustrans volunteer?

This role will give you the opportunity to get out in the fresh air, meet new people and develop your cycle ride leader skills.

You will also get to know your local area and its off-road paths, and get regular opportunities to network with other Sustrans volunteers.

What does a Sustrans volunteer ride leader do?

Activities may include:

  • attend Cycling Scotland Cycle Ride Leader training
  • support or lead rides following Sustrans’ guidance
  • plan suitable routes for group rides in the local area
  • organise and promote a series of bike rides
  • provide the staff supervisor with a completed risk assessment and plan
  • promote the ride locally with support from your staff supervisor
  • ride the planned route ahead of when the ride takes place to check for any changes to conditions and update the risk assessment accordingly
  • brief and sign in participants
  • carry out relevant checks before the ride sets off.

What we're looking for

We’re looking for people who are:

  • confident and experienced riding a bike
  • have the ability to inspire others and make sure everyone in the group feels welcome and included
  • patient and can encourage people and help them gain confidence
  • have knowledge of bike maintenance (ride leaders don’t carry out bike maintenance - they advise participants how to check their own bikes before the ride sets off)
  • able to read maps, plan routes, and complete necessary paperwork
  • well organised.

Time commitment

 As a guide:

  • a half-day initially to attend induction and one-day Cycle Ride Leader training course
  • one to two days per year to attend training events, including mandatory ride leader training
  • one ride takes up to one and a half days of initial preparation and delivery
  • typically ride leaders will organise/deliver/assist 4-12 events a year.

Note: For a repeated ride, the preparation time will be reduced as the volunteer will have already planned the route and carried out necessary checks.

Assistant ride leaders may only be required to support on the day of the event.

Training and support offered

  • One-day Cycling Scotland Cycle Ride Leader Training
  • Optional one-day First Aid in Sport training
  • Optional one-day Trail and Roadside Repairs training
  • Training and mentoring with ride planning and risk assessments
  • Training and support with ride promotion
  • Ongoing support from your staff supervisor.

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