Yate Community Bike Hub Re-Opening
Yate Shopping Centre
Yate Community Bike Hub closed in its current location on Saturday, 30th July to relocate to new more prominent and larger premises at the former Starbucks coffee shop on the Shopping Centre’s main central square, It will reopen on Saturday 6th August.
The Hub’s popularity has exceeded expectations since it opened in North Walk in late May and it was always envisaged that it would have to relocate to new premises after about two months.
Commenting on the relocation, Andrew Lowrey, Yate Shopping Centre Manager, said: “The Shopping Centre has supported Yate Community Bike Hub with in-kind contributions equivalent to the value of £12,000 of rent and services since its inauguration and we are proud to be carrying on this relationship. It offers a very valuable service to the community and we encourage people to take more interest in cycling and the use of bicycles to reduce car use and congestion.”
Rebecca Bennett, speaking on behalf of the Climate Action Group who run the Cycle Hub, said: “We are indebted to The Yate Town Centre Management Team who have been so friendly and helpful.
“Launched on May 25th, The Hub has been able to repair and gift more than 30 bicycles to the local community so far, made running repairs to numerous kids' bikes, provided transport to new Ukrainian families, security tagged bikes with the local police team and rejuvenated some senior riders with e-bike loans.
“The heartfelt feedback from the local community has been so motivating that CAYACS are seeking to extend the project to cover the school summer holidays and to seek funding to purchase specialist cycles to provide assistance for less able people.
“The overwhelming success of this project owes much to the support from local individuals, small businesses, U3A and Rotary. However, without the incredible generosity from Yate Shopping Centre in providing a free and highly accessible unit, we believe the project would not have reached those in the community with difficult access to affordable transport.”
Cycle Hub activities include:
• free e-bike and cargo bike hire schemes
• ideas for getting around without a car, especially if with children or a disability
• how to check a bike is ready to ride and where to go to get help from local bike shops if a bike needs fixing.
As part of the Group’s mission to repair and recycle accessories, there will be a kit donation station to match bike related items in good repair such as helmets, clothing and accessories with new homes. They will also be accepting donated bikes in good condition, subject to availability in the Group’s community workshop.
Further information on the Action Group is available on their Facebook page so to keep up to date with news from the Hub click or you can contact them by email to get involved.