Award winning Crewe cycling scheme peddles its way to London

Crewe Guardian: From left: CC-Cycles customer Jacob Wye, trainee Johnathon Satchwell, MP Edward Timpson, CC Cycles Manager Ben Wye and Reverend Rob Wykes, director of Christian Concern. From left: CC-Cycles customer Jacob Wye, trainee Johnathon Satchwell, MP Edward Timpson, CC Cycles Manager Ben Wye and Reverend Rob Wykes, director of Christian Concern.

A CREWE Christian Concern initiative that refurbishes unwanted old bikes for use by working commuters has gained national recognition for its good work.

A team from St Paul’s Centre-based CC-Cycles peddled their way to London to meet local MP Edward Timpson, before being awarded a Sustainable City Award at a ceremony in Mansion House on Thursday, March 27.

In less than 12 months CC-Cycles has been able to refurbish more than 250 cycles, with most being used by Crewe locals to get to work.

Their workshop is a fully equipped skills development hub for young and old alike, and has recently been expanded.

It is and it is common to see retired Bentley engineers teaching young adults traditional mechanical skills on site, with young people gaining positive attitudes towards work by working alongside experienced engineers.

“With a tiny budget and local residents volunteering this recognition is great for Crewe and brilliant for the team that achieved it’ said Rob Wykes, director of Christian Concern.

Edward Timpson, Crewe and Nantwich MP, said the award was ‘positive for Crewe and a clear message to the country that we are serious about sustainable travel’.

Ben Wye, CC-Cycles project manager added: “Cycling is cleaner, leaner, cheaper; it’s good for you and good for Crewe.

“We need more cycles to refurbish. Please call us on 01270 586186 and we will collect, in any condition.”

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