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I Am Bikes

01 July 2014
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I Am Bikes, based in Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire actively supports cycling within the community by recycling and refurbishing bikes, organising cycling groups and running cycle maintenance classes. They work with children to encourage them to recycle their old bikes and think about the environmental impact of old bikes for new; parents and carers who can source a used bike for their children; families who are encouraged to get outdoors and participate in cycling as a healthy activity and over 65's who the project actively encourage to join the age-appropriate Cycling Club they have established. They also provide skills training and employment opportunities for local people with over 120 people each week visiting the workshop. 

The group applied to the ScotRail Foundation for support to set up a cycle hub and café in their new premises, close to Cumbernauld and Greenfaulds Railway Stations. The ScotRail Foundation grant of £4,650 helped the group to purchase benches and tables; kitchen flooring and units/sink/counter and chilled display case; utensils, crockery and a fridge as well as marketing materials and signage.

Since receiving the funding, I Am Bikes has built “Café Haus”, which is proving to be a great place for groups to meet, and find out more about the community; in fact local groups are welcome to hold their regular meetings here. The Café is an ideal base for those using the facilities located nearby including - a great paths network - ideal for cycling around Cumbernauld.

The Café has also allowed the group to expand their volunteer network and provide training-for-work experience to local people.

In partnership with the North Lanarkshire Council Roads Safety Team, they are creating a local cycling network, with path signage expected to be in place by the end of June 2014. They are l also be working with the Council Leisure department to promote the new international BMX Track.

Café Haus volunteer, Carol Duff said: “Being a volunteer at I Am Bikes and running the Café Haus has allowed me to keep active, do something good for the community and put my catering experience to good use. I love helping out and think that it is a great idea to volunteer.”

The current construction of a new railway station at Cumbernauld has been an exciting development for the group as they hope to attract commuters who can use Café Haus enroute to work in the morning. Their “Bike and a Biccie for £1” and Wi-Fi hotspot for commuters and local cyclists is sure to be a winner!

Angela Fitzsimons the Project Manager said “We are absolutely delighted by the Café Haus and so many people have commented on how great it looks. We have already hosted a wide range of groups using the Café as a meeting spot, most recently the Scottish School for Social Entrepreneurs in April 2014. Our locally made soup and a sandwich was highly commended and we received rave reviews on our social networking sites. This wouldn’t have been possible without the ScotRail Foundation funding”.

I Am Bikes, based in Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire actively supports cycling within the community by recycling and refurbishing bikes, organising cycling groups and running cycle maintenance classes. They work with children to encourage them to recycle their old bikes and think about the environmental impact of old bikes for new; parents and carers who can source a used bike for their children; families who are encouraged to get outdoors and participate in cycling as a healthy activity and over 65's who the project actively encourage to join the age-appropriate Cycling Club they have established. They also provide skills training and employment opportunities for local people with over 120 people each week visiting the workshop.

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