100th bike awarded for Key Workers in Oxfordshire
Posted: Fri, 19 Jun 2020 14:48
Over the last few weeks, volunteer mechanics have been working away tirelessly to get bikes out to key workers through the Bikes for Key Workers project with the help of Active Oxfordshire and partners. On Friday 12th June, we were delighted to have been able to give out the 100th bike to local key worker Andrea, who plans to use her new bike to get to and from work. Tim Stevenson, Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire was in attendance to personally give out the bike on the day, along with representatives from Active Oxfordshire and one of the volunteer mechanics.
There has been a huge surge in demand from key workers across the county, who need bikes to get to work as they cannot use public transport due to the enhanced risk of infection. Bikes are donated by members of the public and are then checked over by volunteer mechanics, with final safety checks completed by qualified mechanics and bike shops. If you have any unused bikes that are in a reasonable condition that you could donate to the project, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Here at Active Oxfordshire we were very fortunate to be able to work with wide range of partners including Cyclox, Oxford City Council, Cherwell District Council and Windrush Bike Project to get the project successfully up and running. The fundraising appeal has raised over £7,500 and the project also received grants of £3,000 from Big Bike Revival awarded to Active Oxfordshire and Broken Spoke Bike Co-op to help meet the fast-growing demand. If you would like to support the appeal, please make a donation here.
As of this week, Active Oxfordshire along with our partners working on the project have been able to successfully give out 120 bikes. With the generous help from the donations, we hope to keep providing key workers with bikes to help them to and from work. We have also been fortunate to hear from some of the key workers who have already received bikes. Key worker Fiona Brand said:
"I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for organising the bike through the keyworkers donation scheme! I am so very grateful! The chap that I collected from so kind and helpful!
I am going to leave the bike at work for the time being as it is incredibly useful for the team to get to meetings and appointments without having to use their cars (or lose parking spaces!).
I truly cannot thank you enough!"
Please visit our Bikes for Keyworkers page to find out more information.