Published: 13th NOVEMBER 2019

Volunteer bike ride leader, Rising Sun Country Park in North Tyneside

Our Rising Sun riders group organises twice-weekly rides for those who are new or returning to cycling, to increase their confidence and their 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
  • North Tyneside
  • Time commitment: Approximately one or two days per week.
  • Volunteer role
  • Closing date: Ongoing
  • Reference 1311191

Why become a Sustrans volunteer ride leader?

Our volunteers are fundamental in looking after the National Cycle Network and supporting others to be more active.

From helping people discover the joys of cycling through the delivery of led rides, teaching children to ride a bike safely and running promotional stalls at local events – Sustrans volunteers are making a real difference in their communities.

As a ride leader, you will:

  • gain experience and enjoy the benefits 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’s 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 ride leader:

  • supports the Ride Manager to lead the rides (normally run Tuesday and Thursday mornings)
  • supports with planning and risk assessing a range of suitable routes in the local area
  • follows the provided risk assessment and plan for the route
  • rides the planned route ahead of the ride to familiarise yourself with the route
  • supports with signing in participants and carries out relevant checks before the ride sets off.
  • As your confidence increases there may be opportunities for you to be trained further for the Sustrans volunteer ride manager role.

What we're looking for

We are looking for volunteers who:

  • are confident and experienced cyclists with a Bikeability qualification (this can be provided if not already held)
  • have experience of riding in a group and work well within a team
  • 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
  • are self-motivated to carry out tasks independently once directed.

We welcome applicants with a wide range of skills and above all, we're looking for people with lots of enthusiasm and commitment.

Time commitment

One or two mornings a week to support other Sustrans volunteers in running the led rides throughout the year.

Communication is essential to your role, as you'll need to liaise with the ride team to keep up-to-date with local developments.

Training and support offered

  • The Sustrans Volunteer Coordinator will offer you all the support you need to carry out your role.
  • Initial training and face-to-face induction session will be provided.
  • Training in your role as ride leader will be provided to allow you to confidently support the delivery of led rides.
  • In addition, Sustrans organises a number of days throughout the year, which will offer valuable updates, networking opportunities with other volunteers and training in relevant skills.
  • You will also receive regular communications to support you in your role and can join the online community to find support from other Volunteers.
  • Health and safety guidelines and simple risk assessment forms will be provided.

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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