About Us

Community Cycleworks wants a healthier, cleaner and more sustainable world in which all young people have access to a bike, the skills to repair and the desire to ride for transport, health and discovery

Our Mission

Empowering young people to, be mechanically self-sufficient and choose cycling as an everyday mode of transport as well as a tool for socialising, improving health and wellbeing and exploring their world, with a dose of adventure thrown in! We provide training for young people in bike repairs, lead rides, build cycling skills and confidence and provide opportunities to try other cycling activities.

History

Stewart Vanns and Matt Beale-Collins formed Community Cycleworks in 2012 in answer to the problem of many children regularly complaining they couldn’t take part in the free Bikeability training and not being able to cycle as much as they wanted due to either, not having a bike or their bike being broken and them or their parents not having the skills and confidence to carry out basic repairs. Coupled with the ‘throw away’ culture, which saw many bikes being discarded unnecessarily that could be refurbished easily with some second hand parts. This spurred us on to create an organisation to work with young people and give them a safe space to learn repair skills for themselves, use second hand parts to keep costs low and give them access to an exciting programme of varied cycling activities to broaden their horizons and inspire them to cycle more.

Insight

Young people not cycling as much as they wish due to not having access to safe bikes. This is often due to lack of funds to repair and a lack of basic repair skills themselves. Young people do not see examples of diversity and inclusion in cycling, and are often unaware of the benefits of increased cycling levels in communities. They often lack the skills and confidence to choose cycling as everyday transport. A young population highly at risk from the health effects of inactivity. Increasing levels of childhood obesity, diabetes and other health conditions attributed to sedentary lifestyles. Global Climate Emergency and local air quality problems due to continued and unsustainable use of motorised vehicles for personal transport.

Team

Stewart

Managing director and founder. Fellow of the School For Social Entrepreneurs. Stewart is a cycle instructor and tutor mechanic, who brings enthusiasm and positive youth work together with bikes as the medium. Never happier than when he’s riding or planning the next big idea to get young people inspired about cycling. Having undertaken a number of solo cycle tours he understands the transformative nature of adventures by bike and pushing your boundaries.

Seb

Seb is a highly skilled mechanic, cycle instructor, ride leader, mountain biker and everyday rider with a passion for teaching people. He is integral to many of our workshop activities. He falls off the most too (because he is like a big child on a bike and plays around pushing his limits)

Iona

Iona has worked in education for 20 years and is a passionate cyclist and mechanic. She likes nothing more than passing her enthusiasm for bikes (especially looking after them!) onto the next generation of young cyclists. She leads our GirlsBike2 project.

Griff

Griff is also a highly skilled mechanic and rider with a particular passion for doing tricks on his bmx. A wizard at organising the workshop and a calm teacher to all. He can often be found discussing the finer points of bicycle components with Seb.

Amy

Amy is our administrative Wizz and brings organisation to what could be a chaotic setting. A university lecturer, badass rugby player and committed everyday rider, Amy is the person you are most likely to have contact with ahead of any sessions with us.

Ion

Ion started volunteering at the beginning of 2021. Mostly helping with Bikefix Fridays, but sometimes musters up the courage to go teach a school workshop. Works an office job the rest of the week so enjoys any chance to get his hands dirty. Passionate about healthy cities and getting people out of their cars.

Jorge

Jorge works as a Forest School leader, learning with children in an outdoors environment, and giving them a connection with nature. He volunteers with Community Cycleworks supporting children with basic bikes repairs. “Bikes are not only fun and give you a sense of freedom but they are a symbol of a change in this global climate crisis. It gives me joy to see children around Community Cycleworks with a sense of accomplishment and pride when fixing their bikes and it is also a great community spot where we share space and time, learning and supporting each other.”

Monty

Monty is a fan of the quirkier side of bikes, loving a bit of bike polo, as well as using his bikes as everyday transport. When he can he likes to travel, cycle touring abroad as well as discovering places, by bike, here in the UK. Monty enjoys refurbishing old bikes and giving them a new lease of life and the problem-solving that goes with that! A calm and patient teacher too.

Tom

Tom, mechanic and teacher. Tom leads a double life as a professional researcher and a cycle advocacy nut. He’s naturally nosey, loves meeting new people and is never happier than when sharing his passion for cycling as an accessible, practical and sustainable form of transport with the power to transform people’s lives. He’s especially keen on bike based DIY, giving riders the skills they need to keep their bikes on the road without having to rely on bike shops for simple everyday repairs.

Mike

Road rider mainly, committed bike commuter but loves the road racing thing too. Not so handy off-road (generally comical to watch him on a mountain bike). Bike coach, trainer, mechanic. Snodland Bike Club founding member and organiser of the Kent Projects. Mike gets such enjoyment out of seeing young people riding bikes, for either sport or fun…and adults too. Also the Community Cycleworks IT head honcho.

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