Plymouth residents encouraged to get on their bikes!
Free services are now available to help you join the growing numbers of people in and around Plymouth who are discovering, or rediscovering, the joys and health benefits of cycling. Adult cycle training tailored for all abilities, expert tips and advice, bike maintenance classes and help to give older bikes a new lease of life are now all on offer.
The three year Plymotion programme helps people get to work and school, whilst leaving a smaller environmental footprint, by providing advice, training, skills and funding for smarter travel options. Plymotion also eases congestion on Plymouth’s network and improves air quality and health by championing smarter travel.
Learning or refreshing skills?
Plymouth City Council has teamed up with Plymouth Schools Sports Partnership (PSSP) to help adults learn to ride or provide training to help give more confidence for those who haven’t cycled for some time. One to one sessions with a qualified instructor are available, or you can join a group session.
Need to figure out your cycle route?
Commutor Tutor sessions are for anyone who wishes to review their route to work or place of study accompanied by an instructor. Don’t have a bike? No problem, bikes are available, free of charge. Also available are specialist instructors and bikes for people that have physical difficulties, including those with severe disabilities – there really is something for everyone.
Is your bike feeling a little neglected?
Bikespace has been awarded the contract for providing bike maintenance courses and a bike checking service. These popular courses are a great way to learn new skills and get neglected old bikes back on the road. Bikespace, based in Devonport, recently won Best Social Enterprise at The Herald’s Business Awards 2017.
How much will it cost me?
All services are completely free of charge to residents thanks to Plymouth’s successful bid to the Department for Transport’s Access Fund for a £1.5m grant to encourage healthy, sustainable transport. This will complement the existing Plymotion campaign which offers personalized travel advice to residents and businesses around the city to encourage people to walk, cycle or catch the bus and adopt healthier lifestyles.
Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport, Housing and Planning, said “I’m delighted to be able to bring back the Plymotion campaign and offer a selection of services all designed to give residents the confidence to get on their bikes. Cycling is such a great way to improve health, help the environment and save time and money. Plymouth is a growing city and it’s never been more important to encourage as many people as possible to choose healthy and sustainable travel options.”
To find out more, visit www.plymouth.gov.uk/plymotion