Doncaster bike scheme helps people get en route to work and training

Launch of cycle scheme. Pictured (back from left)  Marc Plant - Hayfield Wheelers, Jeff Carroll - Pedal Ready Trainer, John Elliss - JE James Cycles, Lee Hardy - JE James Cycles, Carol Kent - Intensive Family Support Worker, Ian Moore - Hayfield Wheelers, Gordon Connell - Job Centre Plus, (front) Julie Hartshorne - Hayfield Wheelers, Dean Wiffen - Sport and Physical Activity Development Officer, Doncaster Council, Matt Cridge - Head of Stronger Families, Doncaster Council and Kirsty Thorley - Public Health Improvement Officer, Doncaster Council,

Launch of cycle scheme. Pictured (back from left) Marc Plant - Hayfield Wheelers, Jeff Carroll - Pedal Ready Trainer, John Elliss - JE James Cycles, Lee Hardy - JE James Cycles, Carol Kent - Intensive Family Support Worker, Ian Moore - Hayfield Wheelers, Gordon Connell - Job Centre Plus, (front) Julie Hartshorne - Hayfield Wheelers, Dean Wiffen - Sport and Physical Activity Development Officer, Doncaster Council, Matt Cridge - Head of Stronger Families, Doncaster Council and Kirsty Thorley - Public Health Improvement Officer, Doncaster Council,

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A new bike scheme has been launched in Doncaster to support residents to access employment, training or college.

The Access to Wheels scheme, coordinated by Doncaster Council and local partners, will help people who may be finding it difficult to get to work or training sites by providing them with a reduced priced bicycle to ease travel problems to and from their destination.

South Yorkshire Police and JE James Cycles will be supplying the second hand bikes while Hayfield Wheelers Cycle Centre will be carrying out any necessary maintenance.

Residents can source the bikes at a reduced rate as well as safety and security equipment such as cycle helmets, bike locks and lights. They can also increase their safety awareness and cycling confidence while out on the roads by taking part in an accredited cycling safety qualification delivered by Pedal Ready. One of the first people to access the scheme was through Doncaster’s Stronger Families programme which helps families to tackle various issues they may be having including finding employment.

David Hamilton, Director of Adults, Health and WellBeing, said: “It can be tremendously frustrating for people who are looking for employment, training or further education but are unable to get to colleges or work locations due to various transport barriers. They may not have access to a car, can’t afford the daily travel costs or their local bus doesn’t suit their shift patterns.

“The Access to Wheels scheme gives people an alternative travel option which will help them to get to where they need to be that is not only cost effective and cuts commuting costs but also has both health and environmental benefits.”

For more information about the scheme, please contact Dean Wiffen, Sport and Physical Activity Development Officer, Doncaster Council on 01302 735403 or Kirsty Thorley, Public Health Improvement Officer, Doncaster Council on 01302 734570.