Local shops across Sheffield are signing up to support cycling in the city by offering discounts and extra incentives for participants in the Sheffield Cycleboost scheme.
The Cycleboost Ride Rewards card offers discounts from a growing list of local shops and cafes, to keep cyclists fuelled and hydrated on their journey.
Cycleboost is a free cycle support programme for local residents and employees aimed at removing the barriers that prevent people from cycling.
Participants can access the loan of a bike for four weeks, benefit from free support sessions to learn about route finding, advanced commuter safety skills and general cycling confidence, as well as learn how to fix a puncture and look after their bike at free, local Dr Bike maintenance sessions.
Burton Street Foundation in Hillsborough, which provides community support for adults and older children with learning and physical difficulties, is one of the latest local organisations to join the Ride Rewards scheme.
Claire Mopping, Burton Street Foundation Operations Manager, said: “We have a number of staff that cycle to work and we are keen for our staff and clients to eat healthy, as well as live a healthy lifestyle. The Ride Rewards scheme is a great incentive to encourage people to get out by bike and boost local shops in your area.
“Anyone with a Ride Rewards card will get a free slice of cake or bun with every tea or coffee purchased. All our food is homemade onsite and all profits go to expanding services with people who have disabilities.”
Angela Walker, Sheffield Cycleboost Project Co-ordinator, said: “All these new cyclists are going to shop in Sheffield bike shops, and if you cycle up and down Sheffield’s hills you’re certainly going to need a cafe and coffee stop every so often, so we hope the Ride Rewards scheme is going to attract even more local businesses.”
Dr. Bike maintenance sessions are held at locations across South Yorkshire and are open to the general public. Burton Street Foundation will be holding sessions from April to October, every second Wednesday of the month from 11am to 3pm.
Barrie Haigh, Burton Street Foundation Employee, said: “The Dr. Bike sessions are fantastic; it’s somewhere to take your bike for a free check-up. I would encourage more people to bring their bike along for a full safety check.”
Cycleboost is offered as part of the Inmotion! programme, which delivers South Yorkshire’s £24.6 million Local Sustainable Transport Fund scheme.
Cycleboost Ride Rewards cards are available to Cycleboost scheme participants that have logged 20 miles or more, or that have signed up for a cycle skills course or bike maintenance course. Members of local cycling clubs and organisations cycling over 20 miles may also be eligible.
For more information and to apply for a Ride Reward card, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit sheffieldcycleboost.org/rewards