Free bike workshops opened up to all Radian residents

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One of the South’s leading housing, support and care providers has teamed up with a national cycling charity to encourage Gosport residents to be more active.

Radian has partnered with the Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC) to bring bike maintenance and cycling workshops to their residents.

It is all part of supporting a greener way to travel, providing an alternative way to get around, and to staying fit.

CTC is donating a number of bikes to residents.

But many of them are in need of maintenance work so the team at Radian are setting up the bike maintenance workshops.

All residents taking part will be given a bike and taught how to fix it and keep it roadworthy. A qualified cycle instructor will teach residents how to ride safely on the roads.

The ten-week course starts tomorrow at Bicycle Recycling, Unit 2, Bus Station, South Street, Gosport, for all Radian residents.

It runs from 10.30am-12.30pm but spaces are limited. Anyone interested should phone 0800 4220570 and choose option 1.

The workshops have been set up to break down one of the key barriers for residents looking for work – a lack of personal transport or poor public transport links.

Being able to cycle to work could eliminate this obstacle.

However, many residents don’t own a bike and those who do are often not confident enough to ride safely on busy roads.

Amanda Henderson, from Radian said: ‘The partnership with CTC is an excellent opportunity for our residents to find alternative transport in cycling.

‘Not only is it great exercise, it will give residents a sense of independence allowing them to rely on themselves to get around rather than public transport or lifts from friends and family.

‘The workshops will be great fun and we’re extremely grateful to CTC for its generous donation.

‘We hope the residents involved will find the workshops helpful and discover a real love of cycling.’