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Dr Bike will see you now

It is Climate Action Week and local people can do their bit to make a difference by ditching the car and getting on their bikes to get from A to B.

And if you feel like you want to do more cycling but need a confidence boost or help getting your bike roadworthy, then Ealing Council’s Dr Bike sessions may be perfect for you.

The service offers basic cycle maintenance and handy tips, with trained mechanics on-hand to carry out minor repairs on the spot and give advice on looking after a bike to keep you riding all year round.

Dr Bike is taking place at the below times and locations in the coming months:

  • Haven Green, Ealing Broadway, 10am-1pm, Saturdays: 2 July, 6 August, 3 September, 1 October
  • Acton Market, 2-5pm, Saturdays: 2 July, 6 August, 3 September, 1 October
  • West Ealing Farmers Market, Uxbridge Road, 9am-12noon, Saturdays: 9 July, 13 August, 10 September
  • Hanwell Clock Tower, 1-4pm, Saturdays: 9 July, 13 August, 10 September
  • Southall Manor House, 10am-1pm, Saturdays: 16 July, 27 August, 24 September, 29 October
  • Southall Square, Outside Lidl, 2-5pm, Saturdays, 16 July, 27 August, 24 September, 29 October
  • Northala Fields (Parkrun), Northala Fields Cafe, Kensington Road, 8.30-11.30am 23 July, 20 August, 17 September, 22 October.

Dr Bike is free and designed as a drop-in session with no need to book. However, if you would like to guarantee a slot for the Southall Manor House and Southall Square sessions, please email Lets Go Southall at activity@accteams.uk.

Councillor Deirdre Costigan cabinet member for climate action said: “Cycling is a brilliant way for local people to take climate action. Reducing the number of cars on our roads in favour of bikes for the whole family can help us cut the harmful emissions that contribute towards the climate crisis and dirty air.

Councillor Josh Blacker cabinet member for healthy lives said: “But it has also been proven time and time again that getting on your bike can be hugely beneficial for both physical and mental wellbeing. So, if you want to give cycling a try and need an extra helping hand to get going then come along one of our Dr Bike sessions, which take place on regular Saturdays throughout the borough and can help boost your confidence and knowledge.”

The council is supporting residents to cycle, walk, scoot and take public transport wherever possible with a huge range of new measures and investment – from new cycle lanes, bus routes and bike hangers, to rollout of school streets to help families cycle and walk to school as an alternative to driving. There is also a commitment to delivering new electric vehicle charging points and supporting the green economy across the borough.

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