From Our Editors
Bikeworks aim to involve people in cycling and bicycle-related activities, regardless of their abilities and background, changing lives for the better. From their four London-based centres, they offer a range of opportunities to the community, from learning how to ride or maintain a bike, to helping people to improve their employability. Bikeworks sell new and refurbished bikes and offer servicing and repairs, from a straightforward tune up to a complete overhaul. The organisation works with a number of businesses with the intention of helping their workplace become more cycle friendly, for example through offering on-site training or servicing, providing pool bikes, helping employees to make the most of the Cycle to Work salary sacrifice scheme and auditing cycling facilities. Bikeworks offer a variety of courses to suit all needs. For those wishing to improve their cycling, there are programmes designed to boost basic skills and confidence, and for those interested in more specialist forms of cycling, in Urban and Sportive styles. There are also sessions designed specifically for families and commuters. In relation to bike maintenance, courses range from the basic 'Bike First Aid', which covers fixing a puncture and replacing brake blocks, through intermediate level to the 'Professional Cycle Mechanics' course with the chance to gain a Level 2 City and Guilds qualification. There is also the option to follow both pre-apprenticeship and full in work apprenticeship schemes, giving people the chance to pursue a career in the cycle industry.