Tuesday 27 Sep 2005
ON YER BIKE WITH DOCTOR MIKE
- Region & Route:
Scotland’s Railway: Scotland
Network Rail and community project, The Bike Station, are teaming up to offer cyclists a helping hand getting their bicycles ready for winter.
Early bird commuters can bring their bikes to Edinburgh Waverley Station at three, free ‘Doctor Bike’ sessions. If the problem is minor, it will be fixed on the spot. Otherwise, a diagnosis will be given to take to a bike shop.
Season ticket holders can also benefit from a special servicing deal while they’re at work. A basic service costs just £10 plus parts, while a more extensive service costs £20 plus parts.
Mike Sydenham, The Bike Station Project Leader, said: “With the winter months drawing in, it’s important to have your bike in working order. Cycling is a great way to get to the station and get fit at the same time. We hope this scheme will encourage people to get back on their bikes.”
Ron McAulay, Network Rail Director, Scotland, said: “As many passengers cycle to the station, we are delighted to support a scheme that will help cyclists stay safe this winter. In its two years at Waverley, The Bike Station has shown that many people need a bit of help maintaining their bikes. This scheme will do just that.”
The free Doctor Bike sessions are open to everyone and will take place between 7am and 9am on Wednesdays 28 September, 30 November and 22 February. Season ticket holders can leave their bikes for the servicing offer on the last Wednesday of each month except December.
The Bike Station is a registered charity that aims to promote good health through cycling, provide education in the safe use of bicycles and their repair and help protect the environment by encouraging cycling as a means of transport.
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