North Kesteven Cycle Hub Officially Launched
Following the exciting arrival of the new NK Cycle Hub at One NK in North Hykeham, the team are getting ready to support people to get cycling in 2024. The Hub which is housed in an refurbished bus, donated by North Kesteven District Council, will be the base of several cycling initiatives.
The NK Bus will support Wheels for Life, a new scheme for bike donation which will take pre-loved bikes and bring them back to a usable condition for them to be gifted to people who do not have the opportunity to enjoy the varied benefits of owning and using a bike. It will also support ‘Wheels for All’, a scheme that provides specially adapted bikes for disabled people who would otherwise not be able to cycle and ‘Led Rides’ which are available for people who want to meet up, ride socially and have a drink afterwards, helping to support people to get active, contributing to their physical and mental wellbeing.
The Hub was officially launched at a special event at One NK on Friday 26th January, when the bus doors were thrown open for people to take a look and find out more about the new scheme. The event also featured a led ride around Millennium Green in North Hykeham, giving people a taste of the led social rides which will use the hub as a base.
When the bikes arrive to their hub, they are repaired and fully serviced by volunteers to ensure that they have a long service life when they reach their new homes. The bikes will then be gifted to people across the county along with a cyclist starter kit, including safety equipment and training. The team at One NK will also be responsible for supporting referrals for the scheme and ensuring that bikes are given to those in transport poverty as well as encouraging people to take up cycling to improve their health and wellbeing, particularly long-term conditions. Shaun Fisher, Community and Health Manager in the region, comments,
“We’re very excited to be involved in such an innovative scheme. We look forward to welcoming the whole community and introducing them to the benefits of a good bike ride.”
Dom Fieldhouse-Gray from Active Lincolnshire added:
"We are delighted to see the NK Cycling Hub officially launched. The hub will open up the benefits of cycling to more people in North Kesteven. The NK Cycling Hub at One NK is one of many Wheels for Life Hubs which are now up and running across the county. The team at One NK have been overwhelmed by the support of local people in donating used bikes; they now have a number of bicycles refurbished and ready to be rehomed to those who need them most. We're happy to speak to any local organisations in the area that wish to act as a referral partner to gift the bikes to those most in need of a bike."
For more information about Wheels for Life and how to donate a bike, or become a referral partner please visit our Wheels for Life pages.
Find out more about the NK Cycling Hub here.