Several Manchester schools and a local leisure centre are to host Big Bike Revival events during May and June in an attempt to revive those dusty old bikes hiding in sheds across the city.
Cycle training and development firm BikeRight! has been awarded funding from the CTC Big Bike Revival to provide Dr Bike bike maintenance sessions in six schools in Manchester.
Commenting on the initiative, BikeRight! Marketing Manager Andy Tucker says: “There must be hundreds if not thousands of bicycles hiding in people’s sheds and garages across the Manchester area. They may just need a puncture fixing or the brakes adjusting to bring them back to life, allowing their owners to rediscover the joys of cycling.“
With summer just around the corner and Bike Week looming in June this is the ideal time to revive that old push-bike and get out for a ride!.”
The Dr Bike and training sessions are all free to attend; details are shown below or can be found on the Big Bike Revival website.
BikeRight! Big Bike Revival 2015 – Dr Bike events.
Friday 29th May, 9.30am to 3.30pm East Manchester Leisure Centre, Grey Mare Lane M11 3DS
Monday 1st June, 9.30am to 3.30pm Saviour Church of England, Eggington Street, Manchester M40 7RH
Tuesday 2nd June, 9.30am to 3.30pm Chapel Street Primary School, Chapel Street, Levenshulme M19 3GH
Wednesday 3rd June, 9.30am to 3.30pm Christ the King, Culcheth Lane, Manchester M40 1LU
Thursday 4th June, 9.30am to 3.30pm Medlock School, Ardwick M13 9UJ
Friday 5th June, 9.30am to 3.30pm Manley Park School M16 0AA
School based family event: WhalleyRange on Wheels WROW, Manley Park School and Alexandra Park
Friday 5th June 3.30 – 6pm, Cycle training sessions, Pedal powered music system
Saturday 6th June 12 – 4pm, Cycle training sessions, Pedal powered music kit, Cycle Maintenance training sessions and Dr Bike, Road show: including bike taster sessions, family cycling, zooom balance bikes, Bike Smoothie maker
Ian Richardson, Head of Development at CTC, said: “The Big Bike Revival is a great chance for people to get their bikes back out, have them fixed for free and find out how they can keep on cycling in their local area.
“Not knowing how to fix a puncture or replace a chain should not stop you from enjoying your bike. By going to a Big Bike Revival event, you will learn new skills and improve your confidence, all while having fun and meeting likeminded people.”
The Big Bike Revival, being backed by former EastEnders and Love Actually star Martine McCutcheon, runs from 23 May – 7 June, with more than 1,000 events being held across England by almost 200 cycle centres, with over 70 events in the Manchester area.
A pilot project last October covered 10 centres in West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and Liverpool and led to 317 bicycles being brought back into use.
Over 1,300 people attended the pilot events, with 28 per cent of those surveyed pledging to cycle at least once a week in the future.
Ian added: “With many of the events happening over the half-term holidays, we are expecting a lot of families to get involved in The Big Bike Revival – it is a great way to entertain the kids and spend some quality time together. We know from the pilot campaign that these events will be very popular and can prove really helpful for people wanting to get their bikes out again.”