After posting on a bike recycling initiative in Hull on a sister site, news of a local initiative was sent by a Selly Oak reader

Surrounded by news of rising youth unemployment and what felt like an epidemic of despair, Rev Andi Smith, Minister of Saltley Methodist Church, begin to form a plan with a local Muslim friend for what is now known as ‘Urban Cycles’. This East Birmingham Social Enterprise recycles affordable bikes back into the community, trains young people and provides opportunities to increase the well being of local residents in an area where levels of diabetes, asthma and heart disease are all significantly above the national average.

On March 30th Urban Cycles Bike Shed opened in Ward End Park

Twenty young people are already in the midst of training which will enable them to deliver bike-ability training to local schools as 80% of local schools are unable to access cycle training for local children.

The recycling workshop is producing high quality bikes for people who want to reduce their carbon emissions and we’re making hundreds of cups of coffee for friendly passers by. Both areas of work provide training and employment opportunities for long term unemployed young people; 1 in 3 young people living in the Washwood Heath Constituency are currently unemployed.

Please donate unused bikes . . .

Urban Cycles are always looking for more unused bikes, so if there’s an old bike in the garage collecting dust give them a call. We especially like old steel framed bikes. The kettle is always on and they really want to encourage more people to come and enjoy all at the East side has to offer.

and/or expertise

Financial donations and expertise are welcomed. Urban Cycles is looking for people with skills to help to build the best possible enterprise, web designers, financial accountants and people to help to spread the word.

Please contact Rev Andi Smith: Urban Cycles, Ward End Park, Washwood Heath Road, Birmingham B8 2HB – Tel: 0121 327 6951 (07553 371127) email: info@urbancycles.org.uk

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