A community bike repair scheme launched at the Wellhouse Hub has helped nearly 50 bikes get back into road condition.
48 bikes were fully serviced with faulty or broken parts identified and replaced by a team of expert Velotech Cycle Mechanics.
In addition to the bike repairs the team also delivered a ‘Bike Giveaway Day’ involving bikes which we had been donated at either the Glenburn Centre, Helenslea Hall and Wellhouse Housing Association, which were repaired, brought to safe working standard and being handed out free of charge to individuals.
This consisted of a mix of bikes for all ages from toddler up to adults. In total over the 12 weeks 18 bikes were given away completely free.
The scheme, which was funded by a donation from Wellhouse Housing Association, is part of their commitment to create sustainable and affordable travel to its residents.
Maureen Morris, chair of Wellhouse Housing Association, said: “One of the great things about cycling is that it is a free model of transport available to all ages.
“We have seen pensioners and school children alike attend the Wellhouse Hub to get their bike checked and get together to cycle together.
“Cycling offers a huge range of benefits for both physical health but also financially.
“However, it can be quite expensive to purchase brand new, and having programmes like this coming into communities to help repair and maintain bikes is a great way to help get people back into cycling.”
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