Recharge has recently launched their new bicycle project social enterprise to promote safe cycling in the Fa’side area and to improve the local cycling infrastructure. They also offer a range of services to the community, such as services, repairs and a shop with reconditioned bicycles for sale.
The bicycle project has been running for several years and was originally set up to upskill young people on bike maintenance. The current project is an expansion of the previous project as it is now open to the whole community. The project was in high demand and is now set up as a social enterprise, meaning any money raised will be spent on supporting the local community, thanks to seed corn funding from the Fa'side Area Partnership, which allows it to run weekly every Monday and Friday from 1.30pm until 4.30pm both days. It is ran in Recharge 3 Church Street Tranent by the bicycle project worker Kyle Munro and Recharge Manager Alan Bell.
Fa’side Community Planning Officer Simon Davie said – ‘Fa’side Area Partnership were delighted to support Recharge to create a bike project for the Fa’side area. Two of our key priorities are to improve travel options for our residents and increase opportunities for physical activity in our area.’
Recharge bicycle project provides safety checks, bike maintenance, services and repairs. The project also takes donations of bicycles and sells them at affordable prices. However, Recharge can gift bicycles to community members who wouldn't normally have the opportunity to purchase them. Furthermore, they are also using a bike register of local bikes and the owners to help combat bicycle thefts. They are also working with local schools and groups to help educate and build up skills on safe cycling locally. Recharge would like to thank Scottish Caravan Storage who have provided storage space for bicycles over the last few years and Ormiston Station Growers have also provided an additional space for the project beside the main cycle path in the area.
Councillor Tim Day East Lothian Council Cabinet Spokesperson for Community Wellbeing,
who is also a keen cyclist ‘I am delighted that Recharge are launching their new bike project. Cycling is a great way to get around, and it’s also a really good way of keeping fit and healthy, so having a project that promotes cycling is an incredibly important initiative. It’s also a good way of recycling old bikes, and giving them a new lease of life. They also offer a repair service and safety checks to keep young people on the road”