The Cycling and Walking to Walk Fund from MerseyTravel targets jobseekers, or those new to a job role within the last 6 months, who want to walk or cycle to work as part of their commute. Here is Jared’s story of how Bike & Boots helps him get to work and improve his fitness.
Jared works at the Hive Youth Zone in Birkenhead. He is 21 years old and lives in Tranmere.
Jared has told us the following regarding the scheme:
“I am a cleaner at the Hive in Birkenhead. The Bike & Boots project has helped me a lot as it has enabled me to use the new bike to get into work on time. I work split shifts so now my journey time into work is far easier by bike and it now only takes 10 minutes to get in for my first shift, which starts at 5am. Receiving the bike has been a saviour as it saves me time getting to and from work. I work two separate shifts each day over 6 days a week, which means I have 4 work journeys per day.
“I am a returning cyclist as I last cycled when I was 17 on a BMX bike. I fell off and hurt myself riding so I stopped cycling. I collected the bike with Ian from Cycling Projects and he took me on a training ride around Birkenhead Park. Having a new mountain bike and safety equipment and Ian’s training instructions has helped me to get my confidence back on a bike.
“The new bike from Bike & Boots has allowed me to get out more and it’s an added bonus that I can now get to my mum’s which is a 25 minute cycle. Overall, I would say my fitness has improved in the last couple of months and I am really enjoying being back on a bike again.”
I would like to say a big thank you to Cycling Projects for allowing me to benefit from the scheme.
The following is a written testimonial from Robin, in Claughton, who has benefited from the Bike & Boots scheme. He secured a position as a Customer Service Support staff with Merseyrail on the 12th April and used the Bike & Boots scheme to acquire a bicycle.
A couple of months ago I was in my local job centre (Birkenhead) and I noticed a flyer regarding Cycling Projects, the Bike & Boots scheme. I then proceeded to contact Ian Jones who is in charge of the project on the Wirral. Ian clearly explained to me all the relevant criteria to be eligible for the scheme and then emailed me all the relevant information pertaining to the scheme.
Ian kept in regular contact and updated me throughout the period whilst waiting to start my employment. Once my employment with Merseyrail had been confirmed I contacted Ian and emailed the relevant documentation confirming my employment. Ian then arranged a date to complete the Cycling & Walking to Work Fund registration form. We then went on to view the available cycles for the scheme at Off The Rock Cycles in Wallasey.
I chose the Pro Escape mountain bike, which also included a helmet, lights, kryptonite lock and fluorescent vest. To my surprise, the bike I had chosen was available to take away at that point. Ian was extremely helpful and even offered me transportation for the bike to my home address via the bike rack on his car. Ian also explained that the scheme in tandem with the bike shop will do free check-ups involving unlimited servicing of the cycle and a full maintenance service within the first 6 months of having the bike.
This invaluable scheme has made it possible for me to go directly to work from my home address as well as the added benefit of keeping fit. I will also be attending the Pedal Away community bike rides, which Ian arranges through Cycling Projects. All in all this was a very easy stress free process as well as me now having the added benefit of not having to worry about my travel options to get to work.
Cycling Projects has partnered up with Off the Rock Cycles to supply Bike & Boots project to deliver the scheme on Wirral.
Off the Rock Cycles is a Wirral bike shop business established in 2008 set up in New Brighton. They moved to their current premises in Seaview Road, Wallasey in 2010.
They have 4 permanent members of staff who are all passionate about bikes and they pride themselves in knowledgeable and friendly customer service. All staff are CYTEC qualified and enjoy all disciplines of cycling.
Adam Lefeuvre is the founder and manager of the business and he specializes in trial biking. The business is an approved Merida bike dealer.
In order to remain in the heart of the Wallasey business community they have recently completed their shop renovations. This now allows them to build bikes to customer specifications, carry out bike repairs and maintenance along with safety checks to ensure bikes are roadworthy.
Off the Rock Cycles participates in a number of Cycle to Work Schemes, including vouchers and saving clubs for customers to purchase their bike from the shop. They also offer bike rentals and stock a wide range of brand new bikes as well as second hand bikes for sale.
Adam from Off the Rock Cycles said:
“We’re pleased to be the preferred local supplier on the Wirral for the Bike &Boots project. I really enjoy helping customers choose their bike for the work commute and I believe this scheme is really important to help promote and raise awareness of cycling as a healthy and pleasurable activity, especially on the Wirral with its wonderful range of cycle routes and great views to Wales and Liverpool.”