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#HereForDerby – supporting local key workers

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Here at Life Cycle Derby, we want to take a moment to celebrate the hard work and dedication of our staff and volunteers. Since lockdown began, the team has been working flat-out to adapt our services to help key workers in a way that is safe for all. We received funding* to offer free bikes and bike servicing to local key workers. 

Meeting the demand

The lockdown saw a massive spike in demand for bikes. Whilst many ‘new’ bike shops experienced stock shortages and long waiting lists, we adapted quickly and make our refurbished bikes available to key workers. This helped them avoid public transport whilst benefiting from increased physical activity. Our stock of refurbished bikes was donated by the general public and fixed by men in local prisons (before full lockdown) and by staff and volunteers during the lockdown.  In addition, our free servicing and repairs offer gave key workers who already had bikes, peace of mind that their bikes were safe to ride.

One of the key workers, a care home worker called Thembi, took to Facebook to share her happiness with her new bike. She also spoke to BBC Radio Derby about her experiences of the scheme. You can listen on Facebook here.

Life Cycle Derby’s Manager Jon said:

“Many commuter journeys are five miles or less – which takes no more than 30 minutes to cycle at gentle pace. During the COVID-19 crisis we wanted to support keyworkers to cycle to work - either with a new bike or by dusting off their old bike and having it serviced. We knew that the benefits to physical and mental health would have a huge impact in such stressful times, as well as helping to keep cars off the road. We were honoured to play our part by giving key workers bikes that are safe and enjoyable to ride - and we hope they will continue to cycle to work as lockdown eases. We are now looking for donations of unwanted bikes to help replenish our stocks – please do give if you can”.

Want to help?

1.    Donate a bike
2.    Donate via Just Giving.
3.    Share our Bike Back video on social media.

*Our key worker offer was only possible thanks to funding from Wheels to Work Derbyshire, Foundation Derbyshire, Cycling UK, the National Lottery Community Fund and Derby City Council. Thanks also go to Sustrans and Moore Large for their support.