15-minute documentary had its premiere at Bicycle Film Festival at the Barbican this week

A 15-minute film that received its premiere earlier this week at the Bicycle Film Festival at the Barbican has shown how Barclays’ Cycle Into Work initiative, which the bank runs in partnership with award winning social enterprise Bikeworks, has helped three Londoners get their lives on track by training them as bike mechanics.

The film is now available to watch on the Barclays Bikes page on Facebook, and clearly shows the power of the training that Bikeworks provides to change the lives of the three men featured – Greg, John and Shenol – who each arrived there by very different routes. Below the video on the Facebook page, there is a link to a brief recap of each of their stories.

The Bicycle Film Festival runs at the Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS until Sunday 7 October, and you can find full details of the programme on the event website.


Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.