On Your Bike Oakham!
Oakham residents are being offered the chance to get back on their bikes this March with the help of a local community group. Transition Rutland, a group of local residents are running a series of “Bike Doctor” days giving people the opportunity to bring their bikes for a bit of TLC in time for the spring. By increasing the amount of people cycling around the town the group wants to help residents cut their carbon footprint, whilst getting healthy and saving money on petrol too.
Using funding from the Communities Cutting Carbon programme, offered by the Rural Community Council, the free bike maintenance sessions are designed to help residents make sure that their bikes are in good shape to take the roads and cycle paths of the county. The free sessions, organised by Transition Rutland, are being run in conjunction with local Social Enterprise, Out of the Rut. Specialists will be on hand to offer bike maintenance advice, undertake basic repairs and give cyclists the confidence that their bikes are safe. The “Bike doctors” will be outside Tesco’s on the 5th and 12th March and at Oakham Castle on the 19th March. Further details can be found at http://www.tinyurl.com/onyourbikeoakham
Jonathan Ward, Chair of Transition Rutland is looking forward to the events, “our group wants to help residents feel safer and more confident on their bikes, the bike doctors will help with this and we are looking forward to helping Oakham residents to get “On your bike”!.
Whether you are thinking of cycling more, or have been cycling for years, Transition Rutland would also love to hear from you via an online questionnaire designed to break down barriers to cycling in the town. The survey can be found at http://www.tinyurl.com/onyourbikeoakhamsurvey. The results will be used by the group to develop ideas with other organisations that encourage more people to take up cycling.