Published: 30th JANUARY 2020

Volunteer Bike Ride Leader, Hartlepool

We would like to organise a series of led rides for those who are new to cycling or returning to cycling after a break along with rides for those participants with more confidence and the ability to do more miles. The rides are a great way for local people to build up their cycling confidence, improve their health and meet new people. Each ride is led by volunteers who have been trained to lead them safely in accordance with the Sustrans led ride standard.

  • Community
  • Hartlepool
  • one or two mornings a week
  • volunteer role
  • Ongoing
  • Reference 2310181

Why become a Sustrans volunteer ride leader?

As a Sustrans volunteer you will:

  • receive free training to allow you to confidently support the led rides
  • gain experience and enjoy the benefit of riding as a group
  • increase your awareness of quieter cycle routes in the local area
  • see first-hand how your support directly benefits people health, wellbeing and enjoyment of cycling
  • meet new people in your local area.
  • join a fantastic group of Sustrans volunteers with lots of opportunities to support people walking and cycling.

What does a Sustrans ride leader do?

A Sustrans volunteer ride leader would:

  • support the Ride Manager to lead the rides
  • support with planning a range of suitable routes in the local area
  • follow the provided risk assessment and plan for the route
  • ride the planned route ahead of the ride to familiarise yourself with the route
  • support with signing in participants and carry out relevant checks before the ride sets off.

What we're looking for

We a looking for volunteers who:

  • are confident and experienced cyclists
  • have experience of riding in a group
  • have basic knowledge of bike maintenance (e.g. undertake a safety check, repairing a puncture), though not essential
  • are able to be patient and encouraging with participants
  • are friendly, approachable and a good communicator.

Time commitment

  • a half-day to attend a Sustrans volunteer induction
  • a full day Ride Manager training session
  • one to two days per year to attend training events which includes Bikeability to Level 3
  • one or two mornings a week to support other Sustrans volunteers in running the led rides throughout the year.

Training and support offered

  • Sustrans will provide you with the training, skills and tools you need to carry out this role.
  • All volunteers attend a half-day Sustrans Volunteers Welcome session.
  • We also offer activity-specific training, for example, we have a training course to enable you to safely lead or support a group ride.
  • All Sustrans Volunteer training courses are free, and you’ll have access to Sustrans guides and online support.  You’ll have the chance to meet other volunteers at training and networking events and to get involved with other Sustrans activity in the area.

Safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk

Our Safeguarding Statement sets out Sustrans’ organisational commitment to safeguarding best practice.

Equality, diversity and inclusion at Sustrans

Sustrans is committed to representing the diverse communities we work with, and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds. We value equality and inclusiveness and believe that a diverse organisation brings with it a diversity of ideas and ways of working which strengthens everything we do.


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