… and the Bike Back in Your Life
How many of us have bikes in our garage that we never get round to using? We give them a guilty glance, now and again, as we back our cars out of the drive, but we haven’t used them in so long that the tyres are flat, the gears are stiff, the brakes may be a bit dodgy and the whole thing definitely needs oiling. And servicing them ourselves – or getting them down to the bike shop for a professional service – just seems like too much trouble.
Well, Amersham in Transition is here to help you. For the month of July, we will be at Amersham Market on Tuesday mornings from 09:30 to 12:00, on the St Michael’s forecourt, offering a FREE basic service for your bike. All you have to do is bring your bike along and leave it with us for an hour or so, and hey, presto! A bike you can ride away, confident that it’s all in good working order.
“Well, that’s a few bikes repaired now, with some nice feedback too! So a few people are happily using their bikes more than they did before – as a direct result of our efforts.
“We’ve also had quite a lot of conversations with passing people who were interested. They were all supportive, and sometimes surprised in a positive way that we were doing it voluntarily.
“But how do you measure success in something like this? It was good to target the day the street market is on. But it is quite a commitment of time to just hang around hoping for “business.” It was good that on the third session we were definitely starting to get busier, as people became aware of what we are up to.”
One idea for the future is that we team up with the cycling awareness courses at the local primary schools and help to ensure that the bikes the children are riding are in tiptop condition and correctly adjusted for their height. We might also consider running a ‘bike swap’ – helping people find homes for bikes that are no longer needed, and others to find affordable bikes in good condition. We’d love to know what you think of these ideas.
If you can’t bring your bike along on a Tuesday morning you can let us know that you’d like to get your bike fixed by e-mailing us at email@example.com. It might take a short while, but we will try to make arrangements to do it. You can also get in touch with us on the same e-mail address if you want to discuss any of our bike venture ideas … Or of course, if you’re a bit handy with bikes yourself, and you’d like to help!