The Youth Engagement members of the St Basils Youth Council and staff took part in a structured ‘Big Birmingham Bikes' Cycle Ride on Wednesday 25th May to encourage more young people into walking and cycling. The idea arose out of a recent ‘Supporting Physical Activity’ seminar hosted by NHS Birmingham South Central CCG at the MAC, Edgbaston. GP’s William Bird & Ewan Hamnett highlighted the low levels of physical activity amongst children and young people in Birmingham and the medical effects of inactivity.
The cycle ride took place on Wednesday 25th May. The route took staff and young people along the transformed and scenic National Cycle Route from Digbeth to Brindley Place. Birmingham Local Councillors Sharon Thompson and Lisa Trickett are in full support of the initiative and met with the St Basils Youth Council members at Birmingham City’s Council House on the day.
St Basils Youth Engagement Officer Sam Henry said:
“Similar activities with St Basils young people have been shown to boost confidence, improve social skills, fitness and have given young people an increased sense of wellbeing. I would like to say a special thank you to the Big Birmingham Bike staff headed by John Carrigan who have not only previously donated fifty bikes to St Basils for use by young people but have made this event today possible too by providing equipment, helmets and staff to lead the activity. Our young people all really enjoyed the day!"
Cllr Lisa Trickett, Cabinet Member for Sustainability at Birmingham City Council, who is also the city’s cycle champion, said: "The young people who access services at St Basils are truly inspirational".
"They've been given a chance to take part in the BBB project and have embraced the opportunity given to them".
"Riding a bike will help make them healthier by being physically active and also provide those involved with a mode of transport that is affordable - breaking down barriers that could stop them socialising with friends and loved ones while also potentially making it easier or financially viable to access work".
"It was an honour to be invited to take part in this event and learn more about the positive impact BBB is having for Brummies."