Christmas comes early with Emergency Cycle Repair kits for Bristol
11th December 2014
This morning George Ferguson, Bristol Mayor, helped to deliver the first of 40 emergency bicycle repair kits to Bristol’s central library.
The other 39 will be delivered to various community venues right across the city by Christmas.
For Bristol’s growing number of cyclists, nothing is worse on a cold and wet day than a punctured tyre and no tools to hand. That’s why Better By Bike, in partnership with Sustrans, have issued Emergency Cycle Repair Kits to 40 community venues across Bristol.
Public facing locations, including libraries, community centres and leisure centres, have signed up to the scheme and will host a kit with a bike pump, puncture repair kits, spare parts, tools and emergency lights to help the city’s growing number of cyclists stay on the road.
The kits are being distributed by Better By Bike staff in the run up to Christmas, bringing an early gift for community venues and the cyclists of Bristol. They will be accessible to the public during the venues’ opening hours.
The kits have been gifted to the community venues, and will be permanently available across the city.
Bristol Mayor George Ferguson said:
“This is an excellent initiative to help cyclists stay on the road. A puncture away from home can be a real nuisance for some people, and the repair kits mean help is closer at hand. This is yet another practical step to realise the vision for Bristol as a truly cycle friendly city.”
Councillor Mark Bradshaw, Assistant Mayor for Place, including Transport, said:
“Working with community centres is a key part of boosting cycling take up in Bristol and providing these repair kits is a practical way of helping to make it easier to get around Bristol by bike.”
Robert Harrison, manager of Bristol Central Library said:
“The partnership with Bristol libraries and other community venues means emergency tools can be accessed for free across the whole city, and we’re happy to play a part in keeping more people cycling and travelling actively in Bristol.”
A representative for Better by Bike said:
“Our Santa has lost a lot of weight distributing these repair kits by bike. They’re the perfect gift for Bristol and part of a wider push to encourage residents to take up cycling as a healthy and environmentally friendly mode of transport.”
The locations of the community repair kits can be found on the Better By Bike news release. Information on cycle routes, cycle loans, training and events can be found on their website at www.betterbybike.info.