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Thursday 16 February 2023

Free Bike Repair Event Returns to Salisbury Market Place next week

Get your kids safe and ready for cycling this spring.

Following a successful bike event in 2022 where we fixed over 25 children’s bicycles throughout the day, the team will be back on 15 February from 10.30am – 3.30pm providing FREE bike repair stations for children’s bikes in Salisbury Market Place.

From simple puncture repairs to gear issues, our fabulous mechanics provide a free repair and maintenance service with the aim of increasing bike safety for children throughout the holidays. Parts (up to £15) and labour are free for all Salisbury City residents, as long as they book a free slot.

Organised by Salisbury City Council’s Communities Team, this event is a great example of collaborative work for the community in Salisbury and wouldn’t be possible without the input of key community partners, RISE 61 and COGS.

RISE 61‘s bike hub is a fab initiative that runs all year round. Students are referred to them by local schools to learn bike maintenance skills and they also run school bike clubs and restore bikes for affordable sale to the community.

Manager of the Bike Hub, Simon Bower, says “We love helping people of all ages get out and about on their bikes and we’re really happy to be involved in this bike repair event. We had a great time being part of the previous event last year and it was wonderful seeing so many people happily ride off on newly repaired bikes.”

COGS – the Cycling Opportunities Group Salisbury supports the needs of cyclists in our city and organising a number of events giving more people access to an active lifestyle. Councillor Alan Bayliss, part of the COGS group himself, also rolled his sleeves up to help last year and said, “It was hugely rewarding to see the children’s beaming smiles once their bikes had been repaired and were rideable again. The freedom, joy and independence that a bike gives is fantastic and I’d like to add my thanks to the team from COGS and Rise61 for giving up their time.”

Sign up by completing the form on the link below to book your appointment, spaces are limited. If you wish to register multiple bikes or don’t have access to a computer, please call 01722 417100.