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Shipshape offers free bike ‘health checks’

Community organisation in Sharrow can also help people in Sheffield find a donated bike if they need one, as part of the national Big Bike Revival scheme.

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Shipshape is offering free bike ‘health checks’ to help people cycle safely around Sheffield.

The community organisation, based in Sharrow, has teamed up with Cycling UK via its Big Bike Revival project to offer the service to local people, as well as helping them to find a donated bike if they need one.

Once it has helped fix up old bikes, Shipshape will also be hosting ‘wellness cycling’ sessions in 2021, aimed at building people’s confidence in using cycling as a method of transport as well as a way of keeping fit and active.

Shipshape community worker Tom Payton-Greene said the scheme “has been a great way to jump-start people into cycling again.”

“It always helps to be able to offer something tangible, so the free bike checks have been amazing at bringing people in to then start conversations about health and wellbeing.”

He added that after Christmas the organisation will also have some capacity for local businesses to send employees for a bike service.

Sheffield City Council recently announced plans to create more space for cyclists in the city centre, with new lanes on Arundel Gate and Furnival Gate, after it secured £50m from the government’s Transforming Cities Fund.

Shipshape supports communities in Nether Edge, Highfield, Sharrow, Broomhall and Sheffield city centre.

To get involved, refer someone to the scheme or donate a bike, email Tom at ShipShape.

by Sam Walby (he/him)
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