One of last Year’s Examiner award winners, Streetbikes, has gone from strength to strength.
Since they lifted the Community Project of the Year title last June they have given away at least 750 more bikes.
Gill Greaves said: “We gave 210 away for Children in Need for Christmas. They are still picking them up and we gave some to flood victims. Many of the people we gave Christmas present bikes to were so happy as they otherwise could not have afforded one.”
The group also ran a mixed ability cycling event where families could apply for a free bike and pick it up in Greenhead Park. People cycled all afternoon in the park and then Streetbikes gave away 50 bikes at the end.
Gill added: “Since June we also have taught 25 women to ride and done community rides in Slaithwaite where we fixed 20 bikes and gave 25 away.”
During the two week long Big Bike Revival from May 23 to June 7 last year Streetbikes staged 17 events across Kirklees from community bike fixes and bike mechanic courses to learning to ride and community rides. At one point they had 100 people at one of Streetbikes’ mixed ability able-bodied and disabled people riding together events.
Streetbikes raised money for a new wheelchair bike, supermarket giant Asda donated seven new bikes and the charity Design and Manufacture for Disability (Demand) donated a bike a wheelchair user could use.
Both Mark and Brian have signed copies of the book which features photographs of both of them taken alongside Streetbikes’ cyclists.
Streetbikes’ new book called Streetbikes: Community Cycling – How We Change Lives, costs £5.50 online through its website. It charts the huge growth and success of the organisation in the way it makes a real difference to people’s lives – young, old, male, female, disabled, able-bodied and from a variety of ethnic backgrounds.
For more information on Streetbikes phone 07873 773417 or go to the website http://www.streetbikes.org.uk