Gearing up for bike plan

Mayor of Kirklees, Coun Eric Firth, officially launches a free open day for the streetwise project and adapted cycling at the Spenborough Pool & Fitness Complex. (d140512107)
Mayor of Kirklees, Coun Eric Firth, officially launches a free open day for the streetwise project and adapted cycling at the Spenborough Pool & Fitness Complex. (d140512107)
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AN open day showcasing a new cycle project was a tremendous success – despite the best efforts of thieves who almost ruined the big day.

As reported in last week’s Spenborough Guardian, thieves stole 11 bikes used by the Streetbikes and Adapted Cycle schemes. However, the hard work of organisers meant that there were enough cycles for everyone to use.

Guests included the out-going Mayor of Kirklees Coun Eric Firth and dozens of keen cyclists eager to see the scheme in action.

Spen Valley area committee provided £9,000 in March for the project, which works in two parts.

The first aspect allows people, including elderly and disabled, to access cycles and adapted bikes to ride at the Princess Mary running track in Littletown.

Secondly, the Streetbikes aspect works with young people who are not in work, to teach them about bike repair and maintenance.

Operations manager at the Spenborough Pool Complex, which hosted the open day, Jonathan Debenham said the event was a big success.

“Despite the thefts the event went ahead and people really enjoyed it,” he added.