Go Faster Go Smarter Event support

As part of a major Active Travel campaign, Transport North East are delivering a series of seven week-long roadshow events and interactive workshops this summer, to be held across the seven local authority areas of Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Sunderland, Northumberland, County Durham and Gateshead.

The ease of lockdown restrictions provides us with a unique opportunity to deliver a major push to change travel habits for the better.

These exciting events across the region will encourage the public to walk and cycle more - for leisure and to commute. The roadshows will help families who would benefit from support in teaching their children to ride a bike, it will also help adults who wish to boost their cycling confidence/ability or are unable to ride a bike and wish to learn.

The campaign will show people that it is enjoyable to travel around the region on foot or by bike, which could encourage a shift away from car travel, reducing carbon. The aim of the roadshow is to encourage individuals and families to learn how to cycle and provide new skills to encourage more people to travel sustainably for leisure or work. The roadshows will be held as follows:

  • Willow burn Leisure Centre Alnwick, NE66 2JH - 19-21 July
  • Ponteland Leisure Centre NE20 9EG - 22-25 July
  • Exhibition Park Newcastle - 26 July-1 August
  • Chester le Street Riverside Park - 2-4 August
  • Hardwick Country Park Sedgefield - 5-8 August
  • Herrington Country Park Sunderland - 9-15 August (NB moves to Mowbray Park 10th only)
  • Richardson Dees Park Wallsend - 16-22 August
  • Saltwell Park Gateshead - 23-29 August
  • South Marine Park South Shields - 23rd August-5 September

We'll have a mix of learn to ride and bike maintenance sessions for all ages, with everything from balance bikes to tandems so people can have a go on different bikes and see what might work best for them

Each day the sessions will take place between 10.00 & 15.00 each day, with around 30 people per session so there will never be huge numbers on site to give enough room for social distancing

We are looking for 2 to 3 volunteers to help us check people's booking details (sessions are free but can be booked online via Eventbrite and we will also take walk up bookings from park users), direct people to sessions and help with customer surveys using iPads.

We'd like volunteers on site for 09.30 to receive a briefing from the event team. This will explain what to do, and what to do in the event of anything going wrong

We have a first aider with us every day during the sessions, specialist cycle instructors, and security

We value your time, and appreciate that you may not always be able to be there for the full period, so if you can't make a full session just let us know and we will try to work around that.


  • You will get an event t-shirt, branded facemask, water bottle and we will pay expenses which can be paid to you or whichever organisation, community group or charity you represent.
  • Volunteering is a great way to enhance your CV, learn new skills, boost your confidence, meet people and have fun
  • All activity will be in the open air, the bike team will wipe down all equipment between users, and the event will be Covid safe
  • Volunteers can join for multiple days across the summer series, or across one week that suits
  • to apply https://bit.ly/366ZXe6


  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    up to 20.00
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 02/07/2021

End Date: 05/09/2021

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Availability Details

Volunteers can join for multiple days across the summer series, or across one week that suits.

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