Bike Bank is Back!

Ride On and Exeter Community Initiatives (ECI) have teamed up to run ECI’s Bike Bank project from Ride On’s base at Exeter Quay.

The aim of Bike Bank is to create a supportive workshop where vulnerable adults can learn practical skills in refurbishing bikes, both for their own benefit and for that of others. Ride On – a charity that is passionate about getting more people riding affordable bikes more often – will provide the ‘hands-on’ training in a supportive environment.

“Ride On is incredibly excited to be working with ECI to help bring Bike Bank to our workshop at Exeter Quay,” says Will Page, Head of Administration and Partnerships.

“Cycling isn’t just a form of transport- it’s great for people’s physical and mental health, as well as tackling the climate emergency by reducing carbon emissions.

“Working on this project in partnership with ECI, we’ll be able to boost people’s confidence by teaching them how to fix bikes as part of our Ride On community. This will aid their independence, save them money, and help them achieve their personal goals.

“We look forward to developing Bike Bank with ECI and are determined that it goes from strength to strength.”

Exeter Community Initiatives helps people facing poverty, inequality and homelessness get their lives back on track. They recognised that an increasing number of people wanted to be involved in meaningful occupations but there were few opportunities. Despite having extremely high needs themselves, people still want the chance to do something for others.

“Bike Bank is a highly valued project and it was a hard decision to close it last September, whilst we looked for further funding. So, we are extremely excited that we are once again in the position to re-start Bike Bank, and in partnership with a fantastic charity in Ride On,” says Carole Pilley, Development Manager at ECI.

“We work with a variety of people who need the opportunity to do something constructive with their time. Angus, who has mental health issues, found that our course helped increase his confidence and that the emphasis on practical skills helped improve his focus and concentration.

“At the heart of the project it is about sharing practical skills and it doesn’t matter what level of education you have or what has gone on in your life – it is about working on a bike, so it is a great leveller. Ride On are totally passionate about bikes and cycling and have great facilities. We are sure our Trainee Mechanics will gain a huge amount from working with them.”

To find out more about the ECI/Ride On Trainee Workshop Programme which offers practical skills in bike repair, contact Jane Hawking on 07547 958156 or go to the Ride On website www.rideoncycling.org

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