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Bikes for All evaluation: Summary of overall findings (2018-2020)

Date: August 2020
Category: Report
Author: Gregor Yates and Bruce Whyte

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This report summarises feedback from participants involved in Bikes for All (BfA) over a two-year period (April 2018 to end-March 2020). BfA is a Glasgow-based project delivered by Bike for Good which aims to increase the accessibility of cycling through reduced price access to the nextbike hire scheme and one-to-one support. It has been managed and evaluated by a partnership of CoMoUK, Bike for Good, GCPH, Cycling Scotland and nextbike. Information and feedback from participants has been collated through baseline and follow-up surveys.

Survey results presented here follow on from a more comprehensive year one report published in 2019. In year two, Bike for Good staff were able to engage with an even more socially excluded population, with many more participants being unemployed and/or seeking aslyum. Year two participants were also less likely to cycle before signing up, meaning that the project contributed to a greater proportion of new cyclists in the city over this period.

However, many aspects of provision were deemed more useful by participants in year one than year two, and the impact of participation on mental wellbeing, physical health and fitness, knowledge of where to cycle, cycling confidence and financial circumstances was also more likely to be positive in year one than year two. It is worth noting that the cohort of participants were more likely to be living in challenging circumstances in year two, and that the majority of participants benefited across the whole two-year period.