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Free cycling activities set to launch in North Solihull

A new Bike Hub, based at North Solihull Sports Centre, is set to offer free cycling and wellbeing activities for adults and children thanks to the Active Communities initiative led by Solihull Council and The Active Wellbeing Society in Birmingham.

Delivered by the Big Bike Project, and funded by Sport England, the Bike Hub will enable residents to design and be part of a programme of cycling activities tailored to helping beginners, people wanting to increase their cycling confidence and skills and those who don’t usually get the chance to cycle.

The programme will feature Learn to Ride sessions and Leisure Rides as well as regular maintenance courses and bike fix sessions led by Dr Bike. These will help provide the skills and encouragement to enable people living in the area to ride a bike as part of everyday life.

On Thursday 16 January at 10am, the Leader of Solihull Council, Cllr Ian Courts, will officially open the Bike Hub. Residents are invited to come along to North Solihull Sports Centre from 9:30am to 11am and try free adult cycling activities.

Cllr Courts said: “The new Bike Hub is a welcome addition to the borough. It will offer opportunities for children and adults to develop new skills or rediscover existing ones and meet people with similar interests. As well as the proven benefits cycling can have on physical and mental wellbeing we also know that it has a wider role to play in reducing congestion and improving air quality in Solihull”.

The Big Bike Project team have been talking to residents about services they would like to see and have used the responses to inform the free activities on offer. Following the launch regular weekly Learn to Ride sessions (aimed at beginners and those looking to improve their skills and confidence) will take place every Thursday from 1pm to 3pm starting on 23 January. Weekly Led Rides from the Sports Centre will start on Thursday 20th February at 1pm.   

The Big Bike Project is just one of the Active Communities initiatives making it easier for people to access social and physical activity across the region. To find out more visit www.active-communities.org

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