Bike Donations Needed for Key Workers

A call for donations of used and unwanted bikes has gone out across the borough in a bid to provide key workers with bikes.

Inspiring healthy lifestyles, Gearing Up, Wigan Warriors Community Foundation, Wigan Athletic Community Trust and Wigan Council are teaming up to keep Wigan moving on two wheels with ‘Re-cycle to work scheme’.

Unwanted and unused bikes can be donated to Gearing Up where they will be refurbished and offered out to NHS staff and other key workers for a low cost.

In order to ensure bikes can be handed out quickly, to meet the growing demand for key workers to be able to commute, the team are asking for quality bikes which will need little maintenance before being handed out.

Simon Dale who is running the project with Gearing Up said: “We’ve already handed out a huge number of bikes during lockdown. There are so many hugely important key workers without a bike needing to travel to work. We are grateful for all donations, but better quality bikes means we can get them rehomed and put to good use faster”.

As well as a fully operational bike, key workers will receive a helmet, bike lock, and multi-tool, along with advice and guidance of cycling and bike maintenance and follow up information.

Pete Burt, Managing Director for Inspiring healthy lifestyles said: “We are proud to be able to support key workers and collaborate with our partners to deliver this project which we hope will see key workers access affordable bikes and a cheaper, greener way of commuting.

“Cycling is a great way to travel, has many health benefits and with Wigan Councils commitment to cycling infrastructure, the Borough is set to be a great example of how a community can embrace bikes as a means of transport.”

Coun Jim Moodie, lead member for leisure at Wigan Council said: “This initiative is a fantastic way to support our key workers while also encouraging more people to think of sustainable modes of transport, whether this be for leisure or commuting.

“With the current pandemic preventing most travel unless for essential shopping or for exercise, it’s important we think about how to use our leisure time outdoors wisely. With less cars on the road, now is a great time for those who are new to cycling and walking to give it a go.

“In addition to prioritising our key workers, we will also engage with our volunteers in the community hubs to identify residents who would most benefit from a bike. We are also looking at offering bike loan schemes to our employees.

“We are proud to work with Inspiring healthy lifestyles on this project, as well as supporting the Greater Manchester Safe Streets Save Lives campaign, which looks at how we can use temporary and pop up infrastructure to support cycling and walking in line with social distancing measures.”

The project is running alongside the Safe Streets Save Lives campaign, launched by Andy Burnham and backed by Chris Boardman, which will work to see cycling made safer across Greater Manchester.

Donated bikes should be in a reasonable condition and can be made at Central  Park, WN5 9XL, between 9am – 3pm, Monday to Friday and the Gearing Up workshop, The Brick, 4 Hodson Street, WN3 4EN, between the hours of 9am-5pm Mon-Fri. Bikes can also be donated at Howe Bridge Leisure Centre by appointment only and collection is  possible on weekdays if booked via email wellbeing@ihlmail.org or phone call 01942 488481.

Keep up to date with the project here. 

 

Last updated: 02 June 2020