Bike charity benefits from funding cycle

Just Cycle volunteers Alan Mordue, Grant Martin, David Frew and Grant Humble at the charity's unit in Tweedbank.
Just Cycle volunteers Alan Mordue, Grant Martin, David Frew and Grant Humble at the charity's unit in Tweedbank.

A social enterprise set up to recycle bicycles has moved up a gear, thanks to a five-figure funding boost.

Tweedbank-based charity Just Cycle, created to make unused bikes available to people on low incomes, has been granted £50,000 to expand its operations.

The funding, from Smarter Choices Smarter Places, through Transport Scotland, and the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund, will allow the project to take on two new members of staff.

Founder and trustee Lynne Marshall said: “This funding will support two part-time posts for people to help the charity increase utility cycling, encouraging more people to cycle to work or use a bike for short journeys, and to encourage more people to take up or resume cycling to improve their physical and mental health while exploring safe cycling routes.

“With two extra team members based at our Tweedbank unit, we will be looking into developing bike-hire facilities for visitors to the area.”

With more bikes being salvaged from recycling centres and donated directly to the charity, Just Cycle is also gearing up to provide training and maintenance work for six to eight people each week at its unit in Tweedbank Drive.

“We work with people of all ages and can involve disengaged youngsters to help them develop practical and social skills and workplace etiquette that will help them find full-time employment,” Mrs Marshall added.

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