Bike Worcester, a dedicated group promoting safe and accessible cycling in Worcester have teamed up with Crowngate shopping centre to create Bike recycling pop up in the city centre.
Situated in a former vacant unit on Friary walk volunteers from Bike Worcester are refurbishing bikes and making them available to people who might otherwise struggle to afford a new bike and don’t have the knowledge to fix up an old bike.
Phil Jones from Bike Worcester said
“I am so proud of what our team of volunteers has achieved so far, and we are really grateful to the owners of the Crowngate Shopping Centre, The Crown Estate for making this possible with the generous loan of the workshop space.
In the first six months, as well as setting everything up, finding volunteers and tools, developing our processes and ways of working, we have placed 18 bikes with new owners”
Recipients of bikes have included refugees, parents who want to accompany their children to school on the bike bus and other who just need a bike. All recipients are living in Worcester with one exception. One of the refurbished bikes was taken back to the Ukraine by a refugee family.
To find out more about the great work Bike Worcester are doing or to donate a bike visit www.bikeworcester.org.uk or find them at The Worcester Show on the 13th August.
Photo shows Emma Green of the Worcestershire CC refugee team, with her client, receiving bikes for him and his son to get to work.