|Stand back while Patrick makes Moshe's bike rack box attachment safe|
Sunday, 9 February 2014
Saturday, 8 February 2014
Last Friday 7th February 2014, about nine years after the idea was first dreamt of (worth having - worth waiting for) our bike store & workshop space was delivered at the Concorde Centre Youth Club on Kingsmead Estate.
This part of Hackney now has a solid, secure & safe metal box for tools, bikes and our renewable energy power system to be supplied by Magnificent Revolution. Over the next weeks and into the spring, this facility will be stocked and supplied with what it needs to serve as a quality training space where members of the community will be able to access structured cycle maintenance and cycle riding sessions.Hackney Marsh Partnership (HMP) and Young Hackney (YH) have been supporting this development with HMP providing the ground space while YH manages key delivery staff.
A healthy number of interested stakeholders has been formed who have been meeting regularly to discuss how to manage and run bike clubs from here.
This weekend a new shipping container to serve local cycling needs for the area of Clapton Park and Kingsmead estates has been delivered and placed into the Concorde Centre Youth Club yard. It's been a long time coming. The funding for this was sourced by Interlinkx CiC back in 2008, It came from the REAP grant scheme that was made available to the locality as a way of balancing the loss of the South Marsh to make way for the 2012 London Olympic car park. The original plan was to set up a development facility for skate boarding and cycling activities under the East Cross flyover at the eastern side of Mabley Green on Lea Conservancy Road. This project got shelved due to a late planning permission issue but happily a centre will open close by; The project under the flyover was to be named 'The Bridge' '
This new space will be hub for cycling enthusiasts to access cycle mechanic training and a meeting place to go on organised, structured cycling trips and tailored to suit coaching sessions for all abilities and ages. This place is set to serve as a day to day cycling facility and a launch pad for those heading over to the soon to be opened Lea Valley VeloPark that is just up the road.
Keir Apperley (Interlinkx CiC)