Published on 30/10/2018
Young people in Weston-super-Mare have spent the summer on their bikes exploring what cycle routes North Somerset has to offer, and filming what they found.
As part of the Boombox Youth Project, young people aged 10-18 learnt how to plan their trips and follow cycle maps. Their adventures included a 14.5 mile cycle down the Strawberry Line and following the Brean Down Way.
The group had the added excitement of filming their rides using hands-free action cameras. Cycle footage has now been made into short films which show their achievements and can be seen online The Strawberry Line Boombox Project
Predominantly funded by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Big Lottery, the youth project has also received Travel Grants from North Somerset’s Access Fund and had a visit from Dr Bike, an initiative North Somerset Council runs with other West of England authorities offering free bike maintenance sessions.
The young people thoroughly enjoyed their rides and their highlights included the calmness of the countryside, riding downhill and learning how to use a Go Pro.
Charleigh Ash, aged 13 said
“The Strawberry Line bike ride has really increased my confidence in cycling longer distances”
Project Manager of Boombox, Elaine Harris, said about their adventure on the Brean Down Way
“We had a brilliant day and the young people really worked well together, looked after each other and the staff. It was great to see young people enjoying cycling, being outdoors and discovering that they live really close to beautiful countryside that they can easily access by bike.”
For more information about the Boombox Youth Project please contact Project manager Elaine Harris.
If you would like to find out about North Somerset’s Travel Grants or Dr Bike.