New home for bike hub

Mayor Norma Redfearn helps officially open the new bike hub at Cobalt Business Park.
Mayor Norma Redfearn helps officially open the new bike hub at Cobalt Business Park.

A cycling event is aiming to be an even bigger hub of activity after securing a new home.

An orange industrial-style shipping container is the new home of the twice monthly cycle event at Cobalt Park, in Wallsend.

The bimonthly event, supplied by Bike4Health, focuses on accessibility to the park and the health and wellbeing of staff.

Bike4Health supplies initiatives such as bike fitting sessions, cycle maps, Dr Bike sessions and advice on maintenance.

Lynn Cramman, business development manager at Cobalt Park, said: “The event is one of many measures we have implemented to encourage staff to introduce active travel into their daily routine, with the aim of creating a healthy workforce. Cycling is one of the most cost effective and socially transforming ways of getting to and from work.”

This month also welcomes WATBike, providing information on group rides for adults and affordable second-hand bikes, Northumbria Police security bike marking and North Tyneside Riders, which will promote its juniors’ and ladies’ training sessions.

Dave Buchan, director of Bike4Health, added: “Our whole aim is to help people from schoolchildren to adults and of all cycling ability to ride bikes.

“This benefits their health and wellbeing and is a sustainable transport option.

“Bike4Health is a Community Interest Company run as a ‘not for profit’ organisation.

“In two years we have already developed great working partnerships with many organisations, including Cobalt, Natural England, Forestry Commission, DFDS Seaways, Northern Education Trust and Newcastle Schools Sports Partnership to name just a few.

“We engage with schools and organisations who gain from our interaction, we teach bike maintenance, cycle and road safety, good health, good mental health and wellbeing, route planning, and using the appropriate equipment and clothing.

“Bike Doctor sessions give employees an opportunity to bring in their own bikes to be checked over, ensuring they are in good health and are safe to ride, for those wishing to start cycling to work we help staff plan quick and simple cycling routes, with the summer in full swing it’s a great time to get active.”