New bike scheme increases mobility for local keyworkers
30 Jun 2020
Cleaner air, improved community spirit and a better appreciation of physical exercise have all been considered as significant benefits coming out of the coronavirus lockdown period.
Horsham District Council’s Sports Development team has embraced all of these benefits recently by supporting a new scheme which recycles old bicycles and gives them to NHS key workers and community hub volunteers, helping them to go about caring for the vulnerable in our local communities at this difficult time.
A donated supply of old, second-hand pedal bicycles is being repaired, spruced up and distributed across the Horsham District to local NHS workers and community hub volunteers who are supporting vulnerable residents, particularly the elderly, with support services such as shopping, prescriptions collection and befriending.
A team of local mechanics has been engaged to work small miracles in bringing the bikes back to life and roadworthy condition.
Scheme organisers have received some 30 requests for bikes and so far 19 refurbished bikes have been delivered to their new owners and put to good use.
Areas of the Horsham District benefiting so far include: Billingshurst, Barns Green, Broadbridge Heath, Horsham, Kilnwood Vale, Shipley, Southwater, West Chiltington and Woodmancote.
Commenting on the new scheme Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture Cllr Jonathan Chowen said:
“I was really delighted to hear about this scheme, it is such a rewarding project for the Council to be involved with.
“It builds upon so many of the values we hold dear as a council; improving sustainability by re-using and recycling valuable equipment, whilst also giving an important helping hand to local key workers and volunteers who are visiting those who are self -isolating at this challenging time.
“My thanks go out to all who are involved in this, the feedback from the new bike owners has been very positive.”
Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture Cllr Jonathan Chowen
One of the Council’s community hub volunteers Zsa Roggendorff from Shipley has been putting her new bike to good use. She added:
“I was so pleased with my reconditioned bike from the Council.
As a Shipley Community Hub volunteer, it is incredibly useful for checking in on people who have to stay at home during this time and delivering newsletters to neighbours.
“A huge treat to be given such a useful and lovely gift, and a great idea to use redundant bikes for volunteer work.”
Zsa Roggendorff, Community hub volunteer from Shipley
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