Funding boost from Oxfordshire Community Foundation as 200th bike milestone is celebrated
Posted: Fri, 31 Jul 2020 15:39
Active Oxfordshire and partners are thrilled to have received a grant of £5,000 from Oxfordshire Community Foundation (OCF) towards the Bikes for Key Workers scheme, which provides free of charge, refurbished bikes for NHS and social care key workers across the county. This award included a £1,000 donation to Windrush Bike Project, who originally came up with the idea for Bikes for Key Workers and are one of Active Oxfordshire's key partners.
This grant came at a crucial time, with demand at a record high for bikes as key workers look to alternative travel options to get to work. Active Oxfordshire and partners are also delighted to have been able to give out the 200th bike to keyworker Agnes - a key milestone that showcases the exceptional impact this project has made. (Agnes is pictured receiving her bike, along with volunteer mechanic Sara and donor Judy).
Even as we emerge from lockdown, many key workers want to avoid using public transport if they can, due to the enhanced risk of infection. By providing free bikes, key workers can not only get to work safely, they can also benefit from getting active and boosting their own physical and mental well-being. Active Oxfordshire is determined to continue this vital project and is working towards a target of donating 300 bikes for our community's key workers.
Bikes for Key Workers was set up in April 2020 in response to the COVID-19 crisis, along with partners including Cyclox, Broken Spoke Bike Co-op, Oxford City Council, Cherwell District Council and Windrush Bike Project. Working alongside these organisations are a team of dedicated volunteers and volunteer mechanics who safety check each bike before it goes on the road.
Josh Lenthall, who is leading on the project for Active Oxfordshire, says:
"We're delighted to have received this grant from Oxfordshire Community Foundation. Thanks to this generous support, we can get more bikes out to key workers across the county. This means more of our NHS and social care heroes getting to work safely, more cyclists on the road and a crucial step towards a healthier, happier and more active county."
Adrian Sell, Interim CEO from Oxfordshire Community Foundation says:
"Active Oxfordshire's project is a great example of collaboration across the county, with partnerships supporting each other to build resilience in the local economy. 200 bikes for key workers is also a superb milestone and should inspire us all to get out and be more active!"