This project aims to be a low cost source of sustainable transport, by recycling donated or unused bikes which might otherwise end up going to landfill. In addition, we'll act as a hub for people to either act as a volunteer to help work on the bikes or simply learn valuable skills to help them maintain their own bikes. Longer term we also want to provide training to teach people how to ride a bike on the road in a confident way. The money raised will be be used to buy the most commonly needed bike parts such as brake & gear cables, brake pads, inner tubes and tyres, as well as additional tools. In addition, it would also cover public liability insurance in respect of volunteers and the training provided to the public.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
In Bognor Regis, 34% of households don't have access to a car, compared with the national average of 25%. Over 60% of adults are overweight, with around half doing no exercise. Nationally 3 million bikes are sold each year and yet only 2% of all journeys are by bike. It's estimated that 150,000 bikes are thrown away each year. This project will aim to recycle and rebuild unused bikes and increase the numbers of people cycling as well as providing them with the skills to help look after a bike. In addition to improving the mental and physical health of those benefiting, the project would also have the advantage of reducing the burden on local health resources. This is due to the fact that cycling regularly, either to work or for leisure, has proven benefits resulting in increased longevity and reduced incidences of ill health.
Steps to get it done:
Initially the project will operate out of premises provided by Grandad's Front Room CIC, but longer term, as more people become involved, the project will look for its own premises and seek to provide other services of benefit to the community, to act as a central hub for cycling related activities and possibly provide a café.
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