Sustrans are giving jobseekers, asylum seekers and refugees in Derby the chance to get their bicycles fixed for free! The ‘Dr Bike’ sessions offer jobseekers a free resource which focuses on fixing simple repairs on their bike’s while they wait. The national walking and cycling charity wants as many eligible people as possible to access the free service which operates between midday and 3.00pm once a week from a range of jobseeker focused locations around the city.
Dates of sessions:
- First Wednesday of the month – Sinfin Community Managed Library
- Second Friday of the month – Trocadero Court – Metropolitan Housing – Normanton
- Third Monday of the month – Cavendish Court – Derwent Housing – City Centre
- Last Wednesday of the month – Derby Council House – City Centre
The initiative is being delivered by Sustrans in partnership with Life Cycle Derby as part of the wider Nottingham and Derby City Council’s Access Fund programme. The scheme offers a range of travel support and cycle services to jobseekers and aims to remove the cost of travel as a barrier for those seeking employment or training.
Cycling is one solution to this problem in an area of the country where employment is above the national average. So far the project has already provided personalised travel plans to over 470 jobseekers across the two cities and more than 300 have also taken up cycle services. These include bike maintenance, ‘build a bike’ courses, cycle training and even free reconditioned bikes.
Commenting on the Dr Bike Sessions Mikey Cottle, Sustrans Jobseeker Personal Travel Planning Officer, said:
“This scheme is an excellent way to help jobseekers to become more mobile making it easier for them to access training and employment opportunities. It’s been a great success and many of the people who’ve taken part in the project say that the services we offer have helped them access more employability opportunities and get around more confidently. They don’t need to rely on public transport which also saves them money. We’re here to help so we would love people to spread the word and come to one of our events – even if it’s just to say hi!”
Verna Bayliss, Acting Director of Planning and Transportation said:
“Derby City Council is extremely proud to support this very successful job seeker engagement project in the City. The Council started supporting the scheme back in 2015, and it has grown into a great resource for people accessing employment and training opportunities.
It is backed by a very devoted team, led by Sustrans, and it is a delight to see their success in getting more people travelling by bike, reducing emissions and creating a happier, healthier city for everyone.”
The Sustrans Access Project is part of the Nottingham and Derby Access Fund programme which has secured £2.735 million of investment for the two cities from the Department for Transport until 2020. The Access Fund programme has been developed through partnership working between Nottingham City Council, Derby City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council. The programme will deliver a range of sustainable travel initiatives in Nottingham and Derby to support businesses and communities to increase uptake of low carbon and active travel options.