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Bike MOT event was a success – 50 bikers with lights, a high-viz and a working bike!

With big thanks to Daniell Hambrook of ‘See A Need, Fill a Need’ for leading on this community event to help make cyclists safer on the roads of Plaistow and beyond.  The August Bike health check event was a success!

Daniell says: ‘One of the positives about Covid-19 is that it has got more people out on their bikes but I was worried about their safety.  Bikes can be unsafe and a real danger without being checked and cyclists really do need to be visible and of course have lights.  I saw this a need and wanted to do something practical to help.’

With some funding from PSBL, 2 hard days’ volunteering by Daniell’s bike mechanic friend Neil Pook, techy support from Newham Cyclists, donated high-viz jackets from Biker Boyz and free use of the Mix, both Friday and Saturday 14/15th August were fully booked….  Bikes of all sizes from kiddies to adult, some unused for years, some out and about all the time and some new second-hand ones. 

Fabulous- all kids bikes fixed and adjusted…. encouraged to cycle, brilliant advice and very knowledgeable and thorough.  Thank you it’s come at the right time before school starts 5 (Momodou)

Very happy with freebies, glad to have biked fixed and close to home. Bike out of action for 1 year, grateful for free innertube (Piarve)

Excellent!  A lovely idea, useful, lots of knowledge. (Rose)

We hope to run more of these.  In the mean time we look forward to more people cycling, contributing to a greener, cleaner Plaistow and residents keeping fit in a way that is naturally socially distanced.  We very much hope you wear your high viz and use lights.

With thanks to REIN, Biker Boyz, Newham Cyclists, Neil Pook, and of course Daniell Hambrook of See A Need, Fill A Need.