I’m Simon, and cycling has long been a passion of mine. In the past, I have participated in races, finding joy in the challenge of not finishing last. However, my true passion lies in assisting others in taking up cycling and improving their skills. As a British Cycling accredited coach, I specialize in coaching children aged 4 to 16, focusing on techniques and skills for racing on circuits and cyclo-cross.
Witnessing a child achieve a skill or overcome an obstacle they never thought possible is truly amazing. Knowing that I played a role in helping them succeed is even more rewarding. Additionally, I initiated a community project called The Bicycle Bus, aimed at encouraging and enabling families to ride to school together in a safe and enjoyable environment. The initiative has been running for over three years and has expanded to serve four schools on two different routes.
Due to my profound love for cycling and everything associated with it, I founded a social enterprise called Cycle Infinity CIC. This not-for-profit organization provides Learn To Ride, Improvement, and Confidence Building sessions for both children and adults. In addition, we offer Maintenance Workshops and Dr. Bike Sessions. Our organization strives to be inclusive, offering a mix of paid sessions and grant-funded services to ensure accessibility for those facing barriers to cycling.
During my term, I plan on working closely with local government officials to reach several targets including the council’s own 50/30 plan which is to have 50% of all journeys made by cycling or walking by 2030. I hope to hold regular meetings and am requesting a regular column in the local paper to communicate my plans and achievements as well as engage with people. I also want to roll out The Bicycle Bus initiative to other areas and I know I have the backing of many influential people within the district.