The Revd Tracy Williams curate at Heartsease has been running the project and explains more:
‘St Francis Cycling’ has been running guided rides on Saturday mornings, and, more recently, a free bicycle workshop with coffee on Tuesday evenings. The ‘Fix Ya Bike Cafe’ has been funded by a grant from Cycling UK’s ‘Big Bike Revival’ scheme and has paid for the services of Sean Cole, a professional bike mechanic. ‘Awesome Sean’ has been fixing bikes brought in by locals to help get them back on the road.
‘Most local journeys can be done much more quickly by cycle, it’s just that a lot of people lack the confidence to go out on the roads’ says curate Fr Tracy Williams. ‘We offer the chance to try short rides using safe, bike-friendly routes. The ‘Fix Ya Bike Cafe’ is a place to bring those dusty bikes people might have lurking in sheds to be safely serviced.’
At ‘St Francis Cycling’ people feel this project is an important part of saving the environment by reducing car usage, and also a missional opportunity to show how care of the environment is central to the faith of Christians in a creator God. It’s hoped that other churches will be keen to explore similar initiatives.