Why volunteer as an instructor with Bikeability Scotland?

23 January 2018    

Do you remember how much fun you used to have cycling as a child?

We want to ensure that children today have the same opportunities and independence that our bikes gave us. By becoming a Bikeability Scotland volunteer, you can be a part of this.

All volunteers take on free training to allow them to become a Bikeability Scotland Instructor and teach school children to cycle with confidence.

Below, some of our volunteers share their experiences as a Bikeability Scotland Instructor.

Sandra Kennedy

I started helping out with cycling nearly five years ago. I hadn’t been on a bike for fifty years. I was a bit wobbly to start but it soon came back. Since helping out I have enjoyed working with the children teaching them road safety cycling on the roads.

Sandra Kennedy is a bikeability volunteer instructor.

I would recommend anyone with a few spare hours to come along to the school and help the pupils develop their cycle skills. It is amazing how much pleasure I get from helping the future generation gain confidence and learn an important life skill.”

Alistair McLennan

I became involved after my son brought home a flyer from school – he was keen for me to help out. I love cycling and thought this would be an opportunity to develop some new skills and help get more kids out on bikes.

I already have a busy job, but am fortunate to have a day off during the week. I spoke to the school who were happy to arrange the Bikeability Scotland sessions on that day so I could help out. It’s only a couple of hours once a week, and that still gave me time off in the rest of the day.

It’s been great to be able to give something back to the school – my two kids are involved in plenty of school activities led by other parents, so it feels good to be able to do my bit as well. There’s plenty of support from the team so you never feel out of your depth!

I’d encourage anyone to get involved – you don’t need to be a great cyclist – all you need is the ability to have fun, get stuck in and enjoy seeing the children progress through the course. And the more people involved means more flexibility for all."

Kiran Gallacher

I was approached by my children’s school to help with their Bikeability Scotland sessions. I jumped at the chance as I enjoy seeing my twins in the school environment. However, it came to my attention it wasn’t their year that I would be helping with, it was the year below. I hesitated as I wasn’t a confident cyclist but decided to go ahead with it anyway as my children would be doing the same the following year. I was informed by the school that I would get some training before I got involved, which I did.

I’ve since been involved with Bikeability Scotland for two years and it has made me confident on my bike. I get so much satisfaction from seeing the children gain their confidence in cycling and having fun at the same time.

I am glad I volunteered to help the school as I’ve met a wonderful team that I work alongside and am now a Cycle Trainer recognised by Cycling Scotland.”

To find out how to become a Bikeability Scotland Instructor in your area, please contact your local-authority coordinator.