BikeRight! delivers eight new cycle stands

David McCourt

Cycle training organisation BikeRight! has unveiled eight new cycle storage facilities across Everton and Kirkdale.

Cycle stands have been installed at Benson Signs, DBH Business Centre, Everton Sports Centre, The Rotunda College and Liverpool Community College as well as at Everton's WECC, Shrewsbury House and Eldonian Village Hall.

The move is part of the Choose Freedom project, a Liverpool City Council project funded by the department for transport through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

The Kirkdale-based company has been working with local employers and institutions to offer staff a viable alternative to commuting by car to promote greener commuter travel amongst Liverpool employees.

Jo Somerset, director of BikeRight! said: "The aim of the project is to open up employment opportunities for local people, save them money on their commute and offer greener and healthier modes of transport.

"In addition to these cycle stands we are setting up Choose Freedom bike maintenance training sessions, community events and travel surgeries at Everton Job Centre and local job clubs."

Cllr Tim Moore, Liverpool City Council's cabinet member for transport, said: "Recent figures from our local transport plan show that cycling is on the up in this city. The new cycle stands will help further widen the appeal and accessibility of cycling in North Liverpool.

"This new scheme will give employees an alternative to commuting by car, and it will support our aims to reduce congestion, cut down on carbon emissions and drive up the health and fitness of local people."

Chris Benson, managing director of Benson Signs, said: "We are keen to be part of any initiative that is of benefit to our staff and the environment.

"It's early days for the programme but it dovetails nicely with our existing tax-free cycle to work scheme, where staff can buy tax-free bicycles to commute."

BikeRight! is responsible for working with businesses and residents to encourage safe cycling and to promote wellbeing and improved employment opportunities in Liverpool.

The Choose Freedom project in North Liverpool encourages residents of Everton and Kirkdale to get on their bikes and enjoy the freedom, savings, health benefits and increased job opportunities afforded by cycling and walking.

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