Ealing Council has delivered more Doctor Bike sessions than any other of the 32 London boroughs.
In 2010/2011, 696 bicycles were checked, along with 245 at school parent teacher advice sessions – and this programme is being increased significantly in 2011/2012.
The sessions are designed to help cyclists find out what may be wrong with their bikes and how to fix them. Advice is offered on a range of issues such as finding the correct riding position on the bike, adjusting brakes and gears, showing the best way to pump up tyres, and diagnosing serious mechanical problems. Cyclists whose bike has complex mechanical problems will be directed to local bike shops.
Doctor Bike sessions are also a good way for new and experienced cyclists to get cycling tips. Cyclists can sign up to on-road cycle training to build up their confidence (for a £5 booking fee), get general advice on cycling in Ealing from cycle trainers with local knowledge and benefit from maintenance skills training at one of the one-day maintenance classes run by the council’s bicycle support team.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “I’m delighted that in Ealing we are leading the way in holding Doctor Bike health check sessions. Attending a Doctor Bike session and learning some of the basics of bicycle maintenance will give you more confidence to take to two wheels and realise the many benefits and pleasures of cycling.”
The next Doctor Bike sessions are:
Hanwell Clock Tower, Uxbridge Road, Hanwell W7
Dates: 3 September 2011, 1 October 2011
Acton Market, The Mount/King Street, Acton W3 9NW
Dates: 10 September 2011, 8 October 2011
Dates: 24 September 2011, 22 October 2011
Melbourne Avenue, Ealing W13
Dates:17 September 2011, 15 October 2011
Opposite Greenford Town Hall
Dates: 29 October 2011, 31 March 2012
Haven Green, Ealing W5 (next to taxi rank)
Dates: 29 September 2011
Further dates can be found on the cycling pages.
To sign up for cycle training, complete a ‘request lesson’ form or ring freephone 0800 093 6454. The cost is £5 for a 2-hour one-to-one lesson with a professional instructor.