In a party atmosphere our Open Workshop at Cogges Farm pedalled off to a sunny start on Saturday with the help of our friends and plenty of tea, cake and biscuits.
Officially opened by the Mayor of Witney who emphasised the importance of the inclusive nature of the project – enabling cycling for all – the workshop will now run every Saturday and Tuesday from 10am to 2pm.
David Hibberd of the Veteran-Cycle Club travelled all the way from 1890 with his ‘Extra Special’ Crossframe Safety. Still in fine fettle it didn’t require any work but was the centre of attention among the mechanically minded.
Our mechanics and volunteers got straight on with the job of repairing or breaking down old bikes for parts and helping to diagnose the needs of our first visitors which included new chains, new cassettes (the cluster of sprockets on the rear wheel), new brake pads and a gear cable. Once diagnosed a mechanic is on hand to guide people through the process of replacing parts should they need it and to ensure the bike is fit for purpose once repaired.
Anyone can drop in but if people wish to book a slot or have a mechanical question then email email@example.com.
We are launching our Open Workshop on Saturday 25th March at Cogges from 11am. Come along and meet the team, have your bike checked, play the pedal powered games and enter our competition. Will has made aprons for the workshop and has renovated a Pashley delivery bike with our logo. More details about our Open Workshop here.
We are delighted to announce that we have secured Bikeability funding until 2020. In this 3 and a half year funding package we have the opportunity to teach the full progressive Bikeability training programme; starting Level 1 in Year 4, Level 2 in Year 5/6 and Level 3 in secondary school. In 2017 we will also be starting a bike recycling programme to ensure that all children have access to a bike, along with running Bikeability fun days and Bikeability promotional events.
Huge thanks to Carterton Community College who have secured the funding from the Youth Sports Trust.
With funding from Cottsway Housing Association’s Well Community Fund we have been able to extend our Bikeability training. Since February we have trained 49 children from both Year 5 and Year 6 in Bikeability Levels 1 and 2. Continue reading
Thanks to a grant from Cottsway Housing association we can offer 10 free 1 hour cycling lessons for adults. We can help you to gain confidence on your bike, plan and practice a cycle route into town, or help you set up a leisure ride. Please get in touch to book your lesson – its first come first served!