New mobile cycle hub for RotherhamPublished Thursday, 28th May 2015
A leading Rotherham councillor will be taking to two wheels next week when she visits a new 'one-stop' mobile cycle hub.
At 3 pm on Tuesday June 2, Cllr Denise Lelliott, Rotherham Council's Advisory Cabinet Member for Housing and the Local Economy, will be visiting the new vehicle with her bike when it makes its weekly visit to Rotherham's Effingham Square.
A keen cyclist, Cllr Lelliott will be able to see first-hand what the new mobile hub has to offer. Travelling around the borough visiting various locations and businesses, the new hub vehicle is a 'one-stop shop' for everything to do with bikes, including repairs, cycle hire, riding skills and training as well as information and advice.
The new Hub is being delivered on behalf of Rotherham Council by CycleBoost in partnership with Inmotion!. The scheme aims to promote sustainable travel and encourage more people to replace shorter car journeys by travelling by bike.
The Inmotion! scheme was originally launched in 2013 and covers four key geographical corridors in Barnsley, the Dearne Valley, Doncaster and the Don Valley and includes a range of sustainable transport projects funded through the Local Suitable Transport Fund 2.
South Yorkshire was awarded £4.8 million from the Government's Local Sustainable Transport Fund 2 for 2015/16. This South Yorkshire-wide project aims to support economic growth and cut carbon through a range of sustainable transport measures. A major element of the bid included the promotion of cycling through the introduction of cycle hubs and services in the four South Yorkshire districts.
"In Rotherham we have taken a unique approach by developing a high quality and fully branded mobile facility," said Cllr Lelliott. "This will provide a much bigger and more professional presence than we have had previously and will offer the first class cycling services available for FREE to local residents, businesses and organisations across Rotherham."
The Hub will offer three main services:
- Free Pedal and Electric Bike Hire for up to three months. This includes the free loan of a quality bike and all the equipment required such as bike lights, a lock and helmet to try cycling to work and for leisure. Bikes are maintained throughout the loan period and participants are fully supported with cycle training and route planning if required. A range of pedal, electric and folding bikes will be available for people to try out at the Hub.
- Free Adult and Family Cycle Training is offered to anyone thinking about taking up cycling because the hub offers free adult and family cycle training to both residents and workers in Rotherham to improve their confidence and skills. This can include one to one or group training and can be tailored to the individual’s needs, including for example route planning and accompanied rides from a participants home to work.
- Free Dr Bike Check Up and Repair. A bike mechanic will be available at the Hub to undertake bike checks and minor repairs for people who already have a bike though might not be using it due to a mechanical problem. If more major repairs are required the mechanic will advise the cyclist to take their bike to a local bike shop to support and not compete with their business.
Tom Finnegan-Smith, Transportation and Highways Projects Manager for Rotherham Council said the major advantage of the hub is its flexibility. He said: "It will visit town and district centres, businesses, organisations, new housing developments and events throughout the borough. Many high profile local businesses and organisations such as Capita and Next have already booked the Hub and Rotherham Council is also working in partnership with neighbouring Barnsley Council, which has commissioned it to deliver the Hub and its services in their areas of the Dearne.
Jason White, Facilities Manager at Next Distribution at Manvers described the mobile cycle hub as a “fantastic project.” He added: “It really benefits our business. It provides a convenient and flexible service with a range of free cycling offers, all in one place, to encourage Next employees to cycle to work.”
Craig Burns, from Wolseley UK Ltd, builders merchants of Maltby, said the free bike hire scheme is "excellent". He said: "I would recommend it to anyone. I didn’t cycle before and I wanted to try an electric bike before I bought one. It has taken a while to build up my level of fitness, but now I cycle to and from work and ride at the weekend whilst out doing my shopping. I have cycled 1,000 miles and ride at least five times a week. Using an electric bike makes it easier to ride up hills, it gives you a boost along the way. My health and fitness has improved as a result of cycling. I’ve lost two stone, saved over £50 on travel costs each month and I am also doing my bit for the environment."
Kerri Churton, a child nursing student at Sheffield Hallam University from Wath-upon-Dearne, said: "The team at the Hub advised on which bike would be the most suitable for me. I received the bike all set-up including the accessories and I didn’t have to pay anything. I am really enjoying cycling, especially with my young daughters. Going for a ride helps me to clear my mind and makes me feel refreshed. I would recommend the scheme to others as it is the best way to find out if cycling is for you. This is the perfect opportunity to try it for free.”
To find your nearest hub location contact the CycleBoost team: