Angus Cycle Hub is a social enterprise run by volunteers and dedicated to supporting and developing cycling in the Angus region and beyond. The hub will run events to promote cycling, like the annual Angus Cycle Festival, offer bike hire and maintenance, and run other grass roots initiatives to promote cycling.
In 2014, Scott Francis was, as he puts it, “selfishly looking for a way to get out on my bike more”. His passion for cycling and his commitment to making cycling accessible to all led to him volunteering as a cycle trainer in local schools. From this experience, Scott realised that there was a lack of cycling infrastructure and a lack of facilities for within Angus.
Working with partner organisations and the council in Angus, Scott started Angus Cycle Hub with their first initiative: a portable 25 metre bike skills track. Scott explains: “The great benefit of the track is that it has allowed us to take cycling to people. We have been able to set up in some of the most deprived areas of Angus.”
Scott has received both a Start It and Build It award during his journey setting up the Angus Cycle Hub.
As well as being the driving force behind the Angus Cycle Festival; which as an economic impact of over £50,000 in the local area; Scott and his team have:
• Provided Bikebility in Local Schools for over 400 young people
• Delivered over 800 hours of coaching
• Catered for over 2000 participants
• Innitiated and supported over 65 events
Angus Cycle Hub was proud to be nominated for the 2015 Sports Business Innovation Awards – Best Innovation in Community Sport.