Over a thousand bikes have been fixed during the summer at a series of cycle surgeries around Lambeth.
In a bid to encourage more people to cycle, Lambeth council supports a number of schemes from free cycle training, HGV and driver awareness and improved security that includes the distinctive bike hangars and cycle marking, along with creating safe storage facilities from old pram shelters on estates .
Cllr Imogen Walker said: “ The success of schemes like these just shows how much appetite there is for cycling and we’ll do all we can to support that. Lambeth is a cycle friendly borough and there’s a good cycling community that means you can get bikes fixed, get second hand cycles along with advice and encouragement to feel safe and confident in the saddle.”
Meanwhile, a pioneering project on the Loughborough estate has seen 400 people turn up for help and advice about cycling and bikes. The scheme, run by Nicholas Okwulu, community enabler for People Empowering People trains young people in cycle maintenance and repairs, bringing ‘dead’ bikes back to life. Nicholas said: “ You’ve got bikes that aren’t being used because people don’t know how to fix them, young people who need skills to help them get on and people wanting to try or get back to cycling so this pulls it all together – what’s not to like?”
The next driver awareness programme will run between November 4- 10 at Sainsbury’s in Wandsworth Rd.
For more information about free cycle training got to http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/cycletraining