Alistair McLennan (Bikeability volunteer)
Dad-of-two, Alistair says “all you need to be a Bikeability instructor is the ability to have fun”
I became involved as a Cycle Training Assistant after my son brought home a flyer from school – he was keen for me to help out. I love cycling and thought this would be an opportunity to develop some new skills and help get more kids out on bikes.
I already have a busy job but am fortunate to have a day off during the week. I spoke to the school who were happy to arrange the Bikeability sessions on that day so I could help out. It’s only a couple of hours once a week, and that still gave me time off in the rest of the day.
It’s been great to be able to give something back to the school – my two kids are involved in plenty of school activities led by other parents, so it feels good to be able to do my bit as well. There’s plenty of support from the team so you never feel out of your depth!
I’d encourage anyone to get involved – you don’t need to be a great cyclist – all you need is the ability to have fun, get stuck in and enjoy seeing the children progress through the course. And the more people involved means more flexibility for all."