A first step to getting people on their bikes

Linlithgow mechanic Steven Murphy gets a bike ready for the roadLinlithgow mechanic Steven Murphy gets a bike ready for the road
Linlithgow mechanic Steven Murphy gets a bike ready for the road
1st Step Bikes is keeping local people moving by providing a helping hand with free bike repairs and servicing for local people.

The Linlithgow charity is taking part in the Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme, which offers £50 towards the repair or service of a bike, non-standard cycle or manual wheelchair.

The scheme is aimed at people who would otherwise struggle to afford to have their bike serviced or repaired. It aims to get bikes out of sheds and garages across the country and back in use.

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Around 30,000 people are set to benefit from the scheme, which is funded by Transport Scotland and administered by Cycling UK.

So far 1st Step has helped over 50 local people and even had a free pop up workshop in Bridgend in partnership with Linlithgow Young People’s project (LYPP).

A number of appointments are available for free servicing and repairs which can be booked on the 1stStepcafeandbikes Facebook page, calling 07869381382 or emailing [email protected].

1st Step manager Maria Throp said: “We are delighted to be providing free servicing and repairs as part of the Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme.

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“We’ve had a really good response which shows there is a real need here. People want to exercise safely and to maintain social distancing so cycling is ideal for that.It’s also a great way to maintain good mental health.

“We have seen many bikes finally leave dusty sheds and be put back to good use! As well as keeping fit and healthy, people are using their bikes for essential journeys like getting to work or the shops while avoiding public transport.”

Shona Morris, Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme programme manager at Cycling UK, added: “It’s fantastic to see so many bike shops and community organisations getting involved in this scheme.

“The Covid crisis has hit many people hard, so we know it can be difficult to pay for essential bike repairs right now. We’d encourage those people to dig their bike out of the shed or garage, get it fixed up and get riding again.”

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