Cycle-Lingo was a trial project for Ukrainian Speakers in Kettering

Cycle Lingo was aimed at Ukrainian speakers living in Kettering or nearby in other parts of North Northamptonshire who wanted to cycle to get to work, to the shops or for other local everyday trips... but lack the confidence to do so.

It was our first trial of our new Cycle-Lingo project - combining cycle confidence training with language support for adults. It was brought to you by us here at Brightwayz social enterprise. It was a project funded by the Department for Transport through North Northamptonshire Council and was set up for local Ukrainian speakers who could cycle but needed help getting equipped to cycle, wanted to learn how to look after their bike and need a bit of extra confidence in cycling for everyday journeys. The trial project ran in January 2024 and was completely free of charge to participants.

cycle-lingo logo.

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cycle lingo flyer in english and ukrainian

Priority places were given to Ukrainian adults who don't speak English or who had a low level of English. Other Ukrainian adults who can speak English could also join subject to spaces. 

Spaces were limited to just 13 as this was a small trial project.

If participants did not have a bike they were lent you refurbished bikes and were often able to keep the bike after the training was complete.

We ran Cycle Lingo throughout January 2024 at the WIlliam Knibb Centre and Wicksteed Park in Kettering.

People cycling.

Programme Stages

The Cycle-Lingo programme was made up of two stages. Session lengths could vary but totalled five hours:

Stage 1  Bike Check, Learn to Fix and Cycle Skills - Three Hours

Stage 2  Cycle Confidence Training, Locking and Route Planning - Two-Hour session.

These sessions were designed for adults who could already ride. However 'learn to ride' sessions for adults were also provided to some participants as part of a different project.

We secured the services of a Ukrainian speaker to act as a liasion, who became our Community Cycle-Lingo coordinator.