Velocity's Cycle to Health Programme
What is Cycle to Health?
The Cycle to Health project aims to increase men and women’s mental and physical well-being through supportive, regular group bike rides and welcomes riders of all abilities. We can lend you a bike for the ride if you don’t have your own.
The project starts with a 1:1 meeting with one of our small team who will introduce the project, answer any of your questions and concerns and discuss whether the project is right for you.
The next step, most likely, involves four weekly ‘Road Skills Sessions’ in a small supportive group with people of similar abilities. We’ll focus on group communication while out riding, safety issues when in traffic and basic cycling skills. The group will normally consist of four participants. Sessions happen on a Monday afternoon or Tuesday afternoon, depending on the participants’ availability.
Following the initial rides, there is the opportunity to become part of the group with regular Monday morning, Tuesday evening and Saturday morning rides. We often bring coffee & tea and biscuits with us and on Tuesdays we first have soup & bread (free of cost) in the cafe together. We have traffic-free rides which are alongside the canal, and we do road rides, taking us through and outside of Inverness, such as to Dores and Redcastle.
Who is the Cycle to Health programme suitable for?
The project is designed and funded for people living in the Highlands, aged 18 years and over, who are experiencing any of the following:
Feelings of isolation
Lacking in confidence or motivation
Low mood or anxiety