New electric bikes for Shropshire Wheels 2 Work and competition to name them
Job seekers in Shropshire have the chance to power over hills and arrive fresh for work, thanks to the purchase of new electric bikes (e-bikes) by Wheels 2 Work, part of leading local charity Shropshire RCC. The scheme has just purchased seven new e-bikes, including three from Church Stretton’s Plush Hill cycles and are launching a competition to name them.
The e-bikes bought by Wheels 2 Work, will be loaned to those in need of transport to get to work, whether to take up a job offer or because they are at risk of losing their employment due to transport difficulties. The Raleigh Dover bikes purchased from Plush Hill Cycles, come complete with a lithium battery with a range of about 30 miles and safety gear such as a helmet and high viz vest. Members of the public are invited to submit names for each bike – with preference given to meaningful or funny names.
Chris Mason is a 29 year old manual worker from Clungunford. He was walking up to 15 miles a day in order to work at the Shropshire Spice Company in Clun. Chris joined the scheme in with November 2012 and has been trialling electric bikes for the scheme. The heavily subsidized loan has enabled him to save money for an e-bike – which he bought last week.
Davina Allen, Development Coordinator for Wheels 2 Work, said: “We work with our clients during their six month e-bike loan, giving them support and guidance they need to save money for their own transport. Chris has been a fantastic client and I’m so pleased he’s now been able to buy an e-bike of his own. We were really impressed by the service provided by Plush Hills and the quality of the bikes they provide”.
Since opening Plush Hill Cycles have been supplying quality electric bikes and service to rural commuters that demand reliability in all conditions. As a mountain and electric bike hire centre they have been promoting environmentally friendly pedal powered transport to local customers. Plush Hill Cycles says: “We are delighted to be involved in such a worthwhile initiative that can literally change the lives of people living out in rural areas seeking independence and employment”.
Wheels 2 Work came up with the innovative idea to name their new bikes after struggling to see and remember long serial numbers. Entrants should suggest a name and explain why it has been chosen. Davina Allen said: “we’re hoping people respond with some good choices: the bikes could be named as a tribute to someone or just to make people laugh”. Names should be submitted by 15th April to Wheels 2 Work by telephone on 01743 237885 or on twitter @ShropsW2W.
About Wheels 2 Work
Shropshire Wheels 2 Work, part of Shropshire RCC, helps around 200 people each year get to work by providing transport advice and lending bikes, electric bikes and mopeds. The scheme was given a ‘Big Society Award’ by the Cabinet Office in February 2013. To find out more about the scheme visit www.shropshire-rcc.org.uk/transport or telephone 01743 237885.
Shropshire RCC is a leading local charity working with groups and individuals to improve quality of life and to strengthen communities in a rural county.
Plush Hill Cycles
Plush Hill Cycles is Church Stretton’s local bike shop and is very happy to get involved in anything linking the community and cycling from supporting charity events to help training young people in cycle maintenance, and selling, hiring and fixing bikes of course. For more information please visit www.plushhillcycles.co.uk or telephone 01694 720133.
Allen Timbrell from Plush Hill Cycles and Davina Allen from Wheels 2 Work, pictured with Raleigh Dover electric bike.