Our winter edition of cycling support has been a huge hit. Supported by the TfL Cycling Workplace Scheme, the Bow Arts Green Team organised three monthly drop in sessions where artists and staff alike could have their bikes looked over by qualified mechanics, who stoically braved the cold to keep our cyclists going through winter. Fifteen bikes were tweaked and serviced over the three sessions and we are all really grateful.
Marcel, Bow Arts' Chief Exec and keen cyclist, commented that "After trying and trying for months to coincide being in work with my bike at the same time as the bike workshop, it eventually happened. I have always tried to do my own maintenance, learning as I go...So it was wonderful meeting the guys, they really explained everything to me, what I was doing right and more importantly wrong! Not only did they fix everything but they showed me how to maintain my bike properly going forward. It was like a different bike riding home … Thanks."
And Rebecca, studio assistant and regular River Lea rider, told us that "Bike maintenance yesterday was a life saver, helped fix my mud guards that were falling off, trued my front wheel and I bought along new brake pads that he then put on for me. The report that they give back to you afterwards is really helpful too as it helps you to understand how many components actually make up your bike and what to look out for yourself to keep it going."
Finally, Studio holder Taragon Smith's faith has been restored as he commented that it was "...a pleasure to run across a bike mechanic I don't distrust!"
As spring beckons and the cyclist population surely increases, we'll be starting our next season of bike support soon. Watch this space!
A Bow Arts Green Team Initiative
Supported by the TfL Cycling Workplaces Scheme
Keeping you and your bike on the road