The Loughborough Bike Project had its first event today, complete with pedal-powered music and smoothies.
The project is being run by People Empowering People and aims to train up local residents to be bike mechanics and fix up bikes on the estate. As the bikes are being fixed the owner will also be shown what is wrong and how to fix it. Alongside this we are also doing some re-cycling with dead bikes taken by Streetcare from the streets of Lambeth and then fixed up to be roadworthy and usable again. Estate residents who work on this project can then take the bikes and use it for their own transport.
The project, which is financed by Lambeth Council, is a pilot and we are hoping to roll it out in other estates if it is a success.
We are keen that we instill a culture of cycling in the estate proving that it is a valid form of transport which is instrumental in lowering carbon, reducing congestion and encouraging a active lifestyles.
At the launch there was bike maintenance, cycle training taster sessions, police security marking, a pedal powered smoothie-maker and a steel band.
We have also just put in an on-street pump on the 'Loughborough Parade' like this