Volunteer Cycle Ride Leader, Edinburgh



Are you keen to help make cycling ordinary every-day transport for everyone? We’re looking for volunteers to help run family bike rides in Edinburgh.

You will be joining a group of Sustrans volunteer ride leaders based in Edinburgh. You will be helping to lead rides planned by our volunteer Family Rides organiser.

We will give you training in leading bike rides. You will get a recognised training certificate. 

The rides will be short and leisurely (5 to 10 miles) using quiet roads and off-road paths. They will be held once a month on a Saturday or Sunday in spring, summer and autumn. All children will be accompanied by their parents/carers on our family bike rides.

We’re running family rides because families can often find that getting out on their bikes together is easier, safer and more fun that they might have thought. Having been out with us they might be more likely to try cycling again. They might also be more supportive of cycling in general.

What will I be doing?

You will be:

  • helping to look for good routes for family bike rides and cycling the routes beforehand to check them out.
  • assisting with family bike rides with other volunteer ride leaders
  • promoting the family rides through posters, social media and spreading the word among your contacts.

You will also have the opportunity to:

  • train to be in overall charge of a bike ride
  • learn about first aid and be the first aid person on the bike rides you help with
  • learn about bike maintenance to so that you can help with minor path-side repairs.

What skills are we looking for?

We're looking for somebody who is:

  • a good listener
  • confident riding a bike
  • good at encouraging people do learn new things
  • able to work as part of a team
  • reliable - we rely on our ride leaders to turn up to lead ride so that we can run them. 

What else is important?

We want cycling normal everyday transport for everyone. It’s important to think about how we can make it as accessible, easy and natural as possible. There are often many way indirect ways you can help to do this though

You need to be aware that how you individually present yourself in terms of behaviour, appearance, attitudes and beliefs, will have important effects on how participants come to regard cycling.

Training we'll provide

  • Essential Cycle Skills – brush up your on-road cycling skills with useful tips and practical training.
  • Cycling Scotland Cycle Ride Leader – This is a one-day course that will give you the confidence and the qualifications to lead groups of adults and families on bike rides.
  • First Aid training.
  • Bike maintenance training.
  • Social Change training.

How much time will I need?

You will usually need to have 2 free afternoons every month. One afternoon for riding the route before the family ride takes place and one for helping to run the ride itself.

You will also need some time for attending training, meeting up with the rest of the group and helping to promote the family rides.

We know that our volunteers have other commitment and busy lives so people can’t always help out with every ride.

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