BICYCLE repair stations have been installed across the Vale of Glamorgan with free-to-use pumps and tools for cyclists. The funding was provided by Public Health Wales.
The Council hopes that the scheme will encourage residents and families to dig out their bikes and enjoy a problem-free ride.
With several Council initiatives encouraging residents to stay active and use active travel, the new repair stations will offer cyclists a free facility to repair their bike with air pumps and tools. The pumps can also be used on wheelchairs, push chairs and footballs.
The repair station sites have been placed at family-orientated locations:
Alexandra Gardens Barry, Barry Island car park, Barry Leisure Centre, Colcot Sports centre, Cowbridge Leisure centre, Llantwit Major leisure centre, Llantwit Major beach car park, Murchfield Community Centre, Penarth Leisure Centre and Cosmeston Country Park.
The Council is currently working to install a further two stations at Porthkerry Park and Colwinston Community Centre.
The equipment has been constructed from hard-wearing materials to ensure that they are vandal-proof and will be able to serve their communities long into the future.
This scheme links closely to the Council’s Project Zero initiative.
Project Zero is the Council’s plan to tackle climate change and aims to reduce the organisation’s carbon emissions to net zero by 2030.
The Council is working to implement and enhance active travel infrastructure and routes across the Vale to encourage residents to walk or cycle, reducing traffic congestion and C02 emissions.
The project also aligns with the Vale of Glamorgan’s Move More Eat Well plan objectives.
The Council is a partner of the Move More Eat Well project, which aims to improve the long-term health and wellbeing of residents by encouraging the population to become healthier by moving more and eating well.
Cllr Peter King, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services and Transport said:
“It is great to see the Vale’s new bicycle repair stations open for the public to use.
“With more and more residents using their bikes, it is important to us that we implement schemes and facilities to make their journeys as smooth and enjoyable as possible.
“Encouraging active travel is a key part of our Project Zero Strategy, the Council’s commitment to tackle climate change.”
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