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Cycling Projects bikes for NHS staff

Hospitals bicycle boost

by Gemma Melling

Extra pedal power is helping NHS workers commute to work, thanks to an innovative bike loan initiative by Cycling Project’s Pedal Away scheme.

Cycling Projects’ Pedal Away hub based at Court Hey Park, Huyton, has launched an initiative to help NHS staff cycle to work by lending a number of cycles to local hospitals. The bikes will enable front line NHS workers to achieve social distancing by avoiding public transport – and offer them a daily exercise option.

Cycling Projects bikes delivered to Alder Hey Children's hospital

Cycling Projects bikes delivered to Alder Hey Children’s hospital

Initially the scheme offers 10 bikes per hospital with the first batch going to Warrington Hospital – with staff members snapping them up within two days of their arrival – and the second supply has been delivered to Alder Hey. It’s hoped the charity will also be including a cycle safety pack with the offer, including a lock, lights, helmet and pump. The bikes were recently donated to Cycling Projects’ MerseyTravel Bike & Go scheme.

The council’s Fleet Management Service is supporting the scheme by transporting the bikes to hospitals with local transport businesses stepping up to help as well.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said: “This is another fantastic example of a community project stepping up to support our front line NHS workers with a practical solution which helps them to commute to work in a safe and healthy way. We are delighted that our own fleet vehicles, and local businesses, are also supporting this initiative – another great example of Knowsley Better Together in action.”