Positive Cycles, the community bike project started and operated by Positive Steps in early 2016, has opened a town-centre shop, giving more local people access to quality refurbished bikes.
The shop was officially opened by cycling royalty, Olympic gold medal winner and former multiple world record-holder, Chris Boardman in his role as GM Combined Authority Cycling & Walking Commissioner with Oldham Council Leader Cllr Jean Stretton, also in attendance.
The project has been operating successfully from the Positive Steps head office on Union Street, refurbishing unwanted bikes and returning them to former glories, giving them a second life.
Cleaned and fixed by young people as part of their efforts to give back to the local community and Positive Steps volunteers, these bikes are then either sold at a massively reduced rate or donated to local families, young people and even job-seekers as part of the Transport for Greater Manchester “Bike Back to Work” scheme.
The opening of a town centre shop represents the culmination of a great deal of work by Positive Steps and their partner organisations, First Choice Homes Oldham, Get Oldham Working, GMP and Oldham Council.
Project leader Martin Sutton said: “This shop front presence will enable Positive Cycles to grow as a community project. We have been doing a great deal of work in and around Oldham over the past 2 years but the shop represents a real commitment to help more people either return to cycling or try it out.
"With our bike hire service, people can even try before they buy and as a social enterprise, any profits made by the shop are used to develop services further.”
The project could not operate without the donations of old bikes from members of the public. Broken bikes, forgotten bikes and bikes that have been replaced with the newer model are all welcome. The Positive Cycles van will even come and pick them up.
Positive Cycles runs guided bike rides and operates pop-up bike surgeries in the local communities, bike repairs, bike hire including electric bikes, maintenance courses and has a range of second-hand bikes available for purchase.
To find out more about the work of Positive Cycles, or if you have an old bike to donate then please call 0161 621 9400.