Contribution to sustainable travel - Individual

Alastair Meikle; Sustainable Travel – Naturally!

Alastair Meikle is the ‘go to’ individual in the community for advice, advocacy, and access to cycling in Chesterfield, Derbyshire and also across the region! Alastair is an inspirational advocate, a defiant & relentless worker and a veritable champion of sustainable travel. Influencing & empowering school children, students, adults as well as the whole community through training, voluntary roles, business leadership, events & project management as well as naturally being a champion of cycling and Sustainable Travel. Alastair has been secretary of Chesterfield Cycle Campaign for 11 years, he is leader of Wheely Fun Wheels, a partner in Inclusive Pedals (Community Interest Company), founder member of Brampton Bicycle Club as well as taking an active role in local authority projects such as developing the Derbyshire wide cycle network and studiously commenting on planning applications for future developments in the Chesterfield area to maximise opportunities for Sustainable Travel.

Local Authority contact details

Philip J. Smith Senior Transport Officer Sustainable Travel Team Derbyshire County Council 01629 538083 East Midlands Region

Who was involved & what was their role?

Alastair has close partnership working & alignment with Chesterfield School Sport Partnership for Bikeability & Balance Bike training via Wheely Fun Wheels. For community wide benefits & opportunities he is involved with Chesterfield Cycle Campaign, Brampton Bicycle Club, Derbyshire County Council (DCC), Chesterfield Borough Council, Inclusive Pedals and Chesterfield College.

Details of cost budget, sources of funding

Alastair’s passion for cycling extends across Business, Voluntary, Community and Social activities. Projects, interventions and initiatives can be modest and costs are often minimal but always with relevance and impact i.e. Dr Bike where residents and visitors can get repairs & advice and just pay for parts used. Chesterfield Cycle Campaign inspires & benefits the community without any cost.

How was it developed?

As secretary of Chesterfield Cycle Campaign, a community volunteer, a past volunteer Smart Rider trainer, an NSIQ Bikeability instructor, a DCC County Rider adult cycle trainer, lead-out rider for schools promoting the Women’s Tour of Britain 2016 & 2017, Project Manager of a June 2017 Women’s Tour of Britain parallel event in Chesterfield for children and families. As leader of Wheely Fun Wheels, Alastair delivers Bikeability levels 1, 2 & 3 as well as Balance Bike training & Bikeability Fix on behalf of three School Sports Partnerships; Chesterfield, Bolsover and North East Derbyshire. Wheely Fun Wheels work in partnership with Derbyshire Sport to deliver Inclusive Pedals and have a range of adapted bikes and have built up regular rides, including leading groups to celebrate the opening of a new (Sept 2016) traffic free link to Chesterfield Railway Station which was identified as part of the Chesterfield Cycle Audit that Alastair was involved along with local authorities.

What was the outcome, including information on future plans - one-off, on-going, develop further?

Outcomes of Alastair's work include less congestion and air pollution, and healthier fitter children as well as adults & families who are also more engaged locally, regionally and nationally. Chesterfield Cycle Campaign members: 280 Brampton Bicycle Club: 40 children Bikeability total trained to date; 10,000 Balance Bikes; 1700 per year Wheels for All / Inclusive Pedals adapted bikes; around 250 participants per year Dr Bike; around 100 per year Miles Cycled in last 12 months (including Brompton Word Championships); 2000 Whether traveling by fold up, flyer or fat tyre cycle, Alastair Meikle leads by example and with passion, commitment & authenticity! Inspiring people of all ages and all abilities to cycle and to ‘normalize’ cycling and travel sustainably. He is an active participant in the East Midlands Cycle Forum of which three have been held in Chesterfield. Chesterfield Cycle Campaign was awarded Excellence in the Community Award 2012 with a presentation at Buxton Dome.

How does this initiative or project meet the criteria?

-Shows engagement and involvement with target group -Identifies barriers and provides solutions An individual could not consistently deliver, organize or inspire more! Alastair’s approach and professionalism, engages schools, businesses as well as the whole community. Through partnerships that Alastair forges, he identifies as well as provides solutions to normalize cycling and sustainable travel. This is shown with the development of Inclusive Pedals (disability adapted cycles) and the involvement of students from Brookfield School which in turn will help these students achieve Duke of Edinburgh award. Alastair has also worked closely with Brockwell Junior School for Bikeability and events such as Women’s Tour of Britain (2016 & 2017) which helped inspire the school to become Modeshift STARS Cycling School of the Region 2016. When schools take part in an event, Alastair organizes travel by bike to the event as a way of normalizing cycling and embedding sustainable travel.

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