Describe your project
We aim to construct a 15 x 8 metre rubber-surfaced area as part of the Faringdon Cycle Training Park. This will be ideal for beginner cyclists, both children and adults, who will come from the rural community around Faringdon.
How will your project benefit your local community?
This project aims to get more people cycling in and around Faringdon. Cycling in rural communities can be a lifeline to access the larger towns for facilities, as well as the health and environmental benefits of cycling. Learning to cycle can be difficult if there are no facilities - this will be a bespoke area which leads into a network of tarmac paths (to practice junctions), and then onto a 1km traffic-free trail. Once safe to cycle on the roads, this opens up the rural area, where there is no public transport, and reduces reliance on cars.
Please give details of any support you have from your local community
Farcycles, our local cycling group, have a cohort of volunteers who have trained as cycle trainers. This group are already providing cycle training in local nursery and infant schools. Parents will therefore be encouraged and empowered to use the training park for their children to practice. The local junior and infant schools and the Town, District and County Councils are very supportive of this project.
How big is your community? And how many people will benefit from your project?
We estimate that 200-1000 people are likely to use the cycle training park per year, of which a significant proportion will be beginners and less confident cyclists.
Tell us what you intend to spend the money on.
The money will be spent on building the rubberised beginners area of the cycle park. This will cost £2558 for excavation and base layer, plus £7056 for the WetPour surface. The Calor Gas grant would therefore contribute 52% of the cost of the project. The remainder will be sought by fundraising - we have already held a fundraising concert which yielded £900, and have a weekend of music, art and drama to involve local children and adults planned in May, which it is hoped will raise a further £2000.
When and why was your project founded?
The Cycle Park has taken about 2 years to come to fruition, with a network of tarmac paths in a 'model village' setting. We realised that a Beginners Area would add to the potential of the park in encouraging non-cyclists, both children and adults, to learn to cycle.