Give your bike a free health check and get cycling again

Published on Thursday, 01 March 2012 10:33
Posted by Scott Buckler

Cyclists in Greater Manchester are being encouraged to saddle up and ride to their local fire station this weekend to give their bike a health check

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has arranged the free bike health checks as part of its commitment to encouraging more people to take up cycling.Anyone who brings their bike to their local fire station (details below) between 10am and noon or 1pm and 3pm on Saturday 3 March will be able to get an expert assessment of its condition and advice on what might need fixing.

Time allowing, the qualified mechanics will also be able to carry out minor adjustments, to things like gears and brakes. Local cycle maps and information on cycle training will also be available.This weekend's event is the first in a series being held across Greater Manchester. Details of future events will be available online here:

Cllr Andrew Fender, Chair of the TfGM Committee, said: "We know that, for a lot of people, cycling could be a healthy and 'green' travel option but for some reason they prefer to leave their bike at home.

"We want to encourage people to get on the saddle again and these health checks are an important part of that because they will help to reassure people that their bikes are ready for action.

"They are completely free and, thanks to Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, they are easy to get to - so don't miss out!"

Councillor David Acton, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority Chairman, said: "The role of GMFRS is not just about preventing and fighting fires and rescuing people - we have a responsibility to improve the lives of our communities overall and looking after the environment is one way of doing that.

"With TfGM, we are putting on these sessions to help and support those in our communities who want to get back on their bikes this spring - and ensure they are cycling safely once they do get on the road."

Free cycle checks will be available at the following fire stations this weekend:

- Bolton Fire Station, on Moor Lane, Bolton

- Bury Fire Station, on The Rock, Bury

- Moss Side Fire Station, on Denhill Road, Manchester

- Oldham Fire Station, on Lees Road, Oldham

- Rochdale Fire Station, on Maclure Road, Rochdale

- Salford Fire Station, on Liverpool Street, Salford

- Whitehill Fire Station, on Whitehill Street West, Stockport

- Ashton Fire Station, on Slate Lane, off Ashton Moss Way, Tameside

- Stretford Fire Station, on Park Road, Trafford

- Wigan Fire Station, on Robin Park Road, Wigan

The cycle checks are part of TfGM's £4.9 million Commuter Cycle Project, and are wholly funded by the Department for Transport.


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