Council promotes cycling with Bike Hub project

St Helens Council is promoting cycling in 2016 with its Community Cycle Hub project, helping residents achieve their fitness-based New Year
resolutions.

The Cycle Hubs – six in total – are intended to be invaluable resources for
the community, opening up a range of events, activities and opportunities
that are free to access. Why not take advantage of these great resources in 2016?

As well as providing a meeting place for free weekly, organised bike
rides*, the hubs act as a central point for cycle skills, maintenance
training and general information on using a bicycle for regular transport,
creating a culture of cycling in St Helens.

Alternatively, all hubs are available for community groups and
organisations to use on a regular or occasional basis to suit their needs.
If you’ve got an idea, perhaps a ‘get fit plan’ for you and your friends or
family in the New Year, the team will do their best to accommodate usage of the hubs for you.

The council is also looking for residents to join the Cycle Hub team on a
voluntary basis, to help out with cycling events, bike maintenance and
running stalls at local events. If you’ve a spare hour or two each week, or
are willing to contribute more, you could learn new skills through training
and even gain qualifications that would complement any CV.

Volunteering is completely flexible around you – take on as much or as
little responsibility to suit you.

Developed in partnership with Sustrans, the hubs each have a stock of
bicycles, helmets and hi-vis gear available for public use at coordinated
events, with adapted bikes for those with special physical or learning
needs accessible at the Victoria Park hub, aimed at helping people to get
active, build confidence and have fun.

Hubs are located at Taylor Park, Victoria Park, Sherdley Park, Bold Miners Neighbourhood Centre, Sankey Valley Visitor Centre and Four Acre Health Centre.

* Free, regular bike rides take place at the following times and locations
– residents are encouraged to come along and join in at:

·    Bold Miners Neighbourhood Centre, Tuesdays 10am-12pm.
·    Sankey Valley Visitor Centre, Tuesdays 1pm-3pm.
·    Four Acre Health Centre, Thursdays 10am-12pm.
·    Taylor Park, Thursdays 1pm-3pm.

More rides can be added to the programme to suit community demand.

To find out more, contact the team at cycling@sthelens.gov.uk or on 01744 676 174.