I have known Rob Brown for a number of years, we met through him running the Bikeabilty scheme in Scarborough. In 2014 Rob and I started Scarborough & Ryedale Community Cycling. Our ethos was to offer cycling for everyone regardless of their circumstances, physical or otherwise. With the help of David Stone of CaVCA, we set up a community interest company. This is run as a not-for-profit company. Our aim is to reach out to the community giving cycling opportunities at low cost!

We purchased a second-hand twin tandem and a trike and we were able to offer this service to local disability action groups. We offered to teach children and adults how to ride a bike in a safe way. Over the last few years we have been able to acquire small grants which enabled us to increase our adapted bike range along with standard bikes. In 2017 we moved into the Old Prison in Dean Road depot. A quirky location but central to the Scarborough Community to access. It has attracted many interested groups to come along and see what we are doing.

From this base we run a Yorkshire Bike Library. Old and unloved bikes are donated by the public and where possible we make them available to anyone who needs a bike, free of charge. We now have our own Cytec trained mechanics to ensure they are in perfect working order before leaving us. I believe there are 150 library bikes in circulation in Scarborough and Ryedale area. Over the years our adapted bike offering has increased to 50 bikes, a range that meets many needs.

We have built up great relationships with groups who use our bikes regularly. We regularly meet up with Scarborough and Whitby DAG, Yorkshire Sight Support, Ryedale Special Families, Alzheimer's, and many more. We work with special schools Springhead, Woodlands and Welburn Hall. Although the bike is the vehicle, the social side of these groups getting together has great benefits.

Although we're settling in nicely to our new surroundings, Rob and I have always wanted an inclusive biking centre. We recently had the opportunity to partner up with Big Bear Bikes in Pickering and launch together a new Community Interest Company called Dalby Forest Cycle Hub. This is located in the iconic setting of Dalby Forest. From here we can offer a range of mountain bikes for hire along with our full range of adapted bikes. It's a great location for us and we can only see more biking opportunities increasing.

So looking back on our journey so far, it's had its ups and downs but we have never lost our direction! It's been a great ride so far!

Pete Blood, Director SRCC, DFCH