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MY Bike Club Launch 03/03/2011

Posted by Amy Hickman in Asda, Edinburgh, Events, Scotland.
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Muirhouse is showing Edinburgh the way forward by becoming the first area in the capital to join a new UK-wide initiative, Bike Club. A brand new project to get young people on their bikes will launch at The Klub in Muirhouse Shopping Centre on the afternoon of 9 March. 

MY Bike Club are opening up their doors to officially launch their Bike Club, MY Adventure and Go Mountain Bike activities. On the day they will demonstrate some aspects of the project they will offer to young people in Muirhouse.  Everyone is welcome to attend with a chance to meet the workers, have your bike fixed in the workshop and perhaps a ride on one of their mountain bikes around the Obstacle Course!

After the launch, Bike Club will become a permanent part of people’s lives in Muirhouse, providing local children and young adults with skills and qualifications for the workplace and by switching them on to learning. People who don’t regularly use their bikes are particularly welcome.

The initiative, which is being led by Muirhouse Youth Development Group, will teach local young people how to repair bikes and how to cycle safely on- and off-road. Once trained and qualified, they will deliver bike safety courses and GoMountain Bike Courses to primary and secondary school pupils.

The project will also provide ‘Dr Bike’ surgeries each week where local people can have their bikes repaired by the trainees.

Jonny Kinross, MYDG Development worker, said: “Delivering a Bike maintenance project and establishing a Social Enterprise will increase employment opportunities and employability skills training in the local area whilst addressing health needs by promoting cycling. It’s not just about turning wheels it’s also about turning people’s lives round”

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