Pedal power in aid of cycling enterprise

Simon Dale from Gearing Up
Simon Dale from Gearing Up

WIGANERS are being encouraged to get on their bikes this summer with the help of a social enterprise dedicated to cycling.

Gearing Up, founded by former Wigan Council employee Simon Dale, is holding a series of workshops across the borough as part of The Big Bike Revival, a national scheme to promote two-wheeled travel.

The social enterprise, at the Community Warehouse in Wigan town centre, will give bikes a free check-up and carry out simple repairs and maintenance to encourage fair-weather cyclists into the saddle during the warmer months.

The roadshow begins on May 23 at Gearing Up’s headquarters and runs until Monday June 15, with a total of 15 events across the borough.

Mr Dale said: “Over the winter, bikes often gather cobwebs when they’re not in use and even the need for minor repairs can put people off, which is such a shame because cycling is a wonderful, social sport to be enjoyed by the whole family. Our free workshop offers people a great opportunity to dust off their bike, get it fixed up and fall in love with cycling all over again.

“Just bring your bike along and we’ll give it a check-up and then carry out any basic repairs, from fixing a puncture to replacing cables and brake blocks. We’ll also show you just how easy it is to maintain your own bike. It’s also an opportunity to find out about local cycling , groups, interesting routes and places to visit.

“You can also donate your old bike so it can go to a new home. We never let a bike go to scrap and by donating it, you can do your bit for both the environment and the local community.”

Some of the events will include refreshments, information stalls, competitions and a prize draw. The workshops will visit Wigan landmarks including Haigh Hall, the Three Sisters in Ashton and Pennington Hall Park in Leigh as well as community venues and schools.

The Big Bike Revival is organised by national cycling charity CTC, which hopes to encourage safe cycling among riders of all ages, and backed by Wigan Council.

For details visit www.gearingupbikes.org