Project in free ‘bike revival’ events

Incommunities is teaming up with local community cycle project – The Bikery – to run family-fun events where cyclists can get free bike health checks.

These will take place next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (26-28th May, 12-4pm) by the canal towpath at The Quays, in Shipley.

Cycling experts from The Bikery will be on hand to repair bikes, give advice on maintaining your bike and there will be a prize draw.

People will also be able to bring along their unwanted bikes for re-homing.

The events form part of the Big Bike Revival, a national celebration to encourage more people to dig out their bikes and rediscover the joys of cycling.

Incommunities’ SWAN team, which runs free learning and wellbeing courses to help residents improve their lives, will also be running family-fun activities. This includes DIY activities, arts and craft demonstrations, badge making and chance to make and take away planted window boxes.

The Bikery is also working with Incommunities to launch a training and community hub at Buchan Towers, off Manchester Road, in a ground floor space provided by the housing group.

On Friday (29th May, 12-4pm) a family fun day takes place outside the flats where there will be face painting, balloon modelling, arts and craft stalls, bike checks and pedal powered smoothies!

At the event, local residents will have the opportunity to put forward ideas on how the planned training and community space could look.

Proposals include cycle maintenance workshops, volunteering opportunities, an ‘earn-a-bike’ scheme and accredited training.

The Bikery is supported by the Margaret Carey Foundation and Incommunities.

Anthony Thomson from The Bikery said: “We are delighted to be opening this community hub at Buchan Towers and delivering more free workshops in partnership with Incommunities.

“As part of the Big Bike Revival we want to encourage people – young and old – to get back on their bikes and enjoy this healthy activity.

“The Bikery team can help you experience the joys of cycling – just pop along to one of these free events this week and we will get you moving again.”

Steve Short, Director of Incommunities – Open Field, said: “Cycling is an excellent and popular way for all of us to keep fit and enjoy the outdoors.

“The Swan programme promotes the wellbeing of our customers and the planned new facility at Buchan Towers provides a new base and I’m sure it will be a great resource for the local community.”

Written on 27th May 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Members News, News