Why become a Sustrans volunteer ride leader?
Our volunteers are what make Sustrans special. They look after the National Cycle Network and support others to be more active.
They help people discover the joys of cycling by hosting led rides in their area. They teach children to ride a bike safely. And they run promotional stalls at local events.
Whatever the activity, Sustrans volunteers are making a real difference in their communities.
As a Sustrans volunteer, you’ll have access to resources and equipment to allow you to connect with people about sustainable travel. A staff supervisor will also be available to help you develop your skills and abilities.
What does a Sustrans ride leader do?
Usually, a Sustrans Ride Leader will:
- attend Sustrans ride leader training
- support or lead rides following Sustrans’ guidance
- plan a range of suitable routes for group rides in the local area
- organise and promote a series of rides for various abilities
- provide the staff supervisor with a completed risk assessment and plan
- promote the ride locally
- 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
- appropriately supervise the ride
- record volunteer activities on VolunteerNet.
What we're looking for
We are looking for volunteers who:
- are confident and experienced cyclists
- 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)
- can read maps and plan routes
- can complete the necessary paperwork
- are patient and encouraging with participants
- are friendly, approachable and good communicators
- are well organised
- have good people management skills
- 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.
As a guide:
- a half day initially to attend induction and activity specific training
- 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.
Training and support offered
The Sustrans Volunteer Co-ordinator for your area will offer you support to carry out your role.
In addition to this, Sustrans also provides:
- An initial training and face-to-face induction session.
- Several training days throughout the year, which will offer valuable updates, networking opportunities with other volunteers and training in relevant skills.
- Regular communications to support you in your role and you can join the online community to find support from other volunteers.
- Health and safety guidelines and simple risk assessments will be provided.
- Pre-agreed volunteer expenses paid.
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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