On yer bikes!

Views on the benefits/downsides of the lockdown vary and are causing heated debate. However, there are some positives coming out of the forced changes to our lives we’ve had to adapt to. When we’ve been out and about on our permitted ‘exercise’ walks, we’ve noticed a lot more people out and about on their bicycles. Some newly purchased, some retrieved from the shed, repaired and brought back into use. For the sake of health and the environment, hopefully bicycle usage for local journeys will continue to grow.

What has helped to facilitate this in the east of Thurrock is the Old Spokes Home community cycling hub based at the resident run Hardie Park in Stanford-le-Hope. This project is now running a scheme to get key workers bicycles to use for their journeys to and from work as and when appropriate…

Hardie Park helps key workers get back on their bikes

KEY workers in the Stanford-le-Hope area who are on the front-line saving lives in the fight against coronavirus can benefit from free services for their bikes thanks to Hardie Cycle Hub in the town’s Hardie Park in which has joined a scheme run by Cycling UK.

Hardie Cycle Hub received a grant of £1250 to deliver key worker essential services and repairs during the coronavirus crisis. The project was among more than 120 projects to successfully apply for grants of up to £3,000 to give essential practical support to enable those working in key sectors to use a bicycle to travel to work or for exercise.

Rob Groves, CEO of Hardie Park – which has a number of local sponsors and supporters including the Co-ops in Stanford High Street and Gardner avenue, Corringham, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Big Bike Revival for Key Workers and are providing free bike services to help keep essential staff on the road.

“The Hardie Cycle Hub reopened in April, following unprecedented demand during lockdown and have now recycled more than 100 donated bikes, which are helping people stay fit and active. This keyworker servicing scheme highlighted that we could do more to help those who are helping others. We have implemented many measures to ensure the safety of staff and customers and welcome key workers to apply.

“If you happen to have any unwanted bikes in the shed or garage, please bear us in mind, your donations are very welcome at this time. We are happy to pick up in the local area.”

You can read the rest of this piece here on Thurrock Nub News

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