Bike project gives youngsters a chance to get hands-on

The proud youngsters with PCSO Annie Austin and their refurbished bikes.

The proud youngsters with PCSO Annie Austin and their refurbished bikes. - Credit: Archant

A group of youngsters from Stretham are now the proud owners of refurbished bikes thanks to a project run by Stretham Youth Centre.

The bike project, backed by the police and crime commissioner for Cambridgeshire, ran for six weeks between January and February and saw six young people spend time learning how to repair and maintain bicycles.

The last session of the project was dedicated to road safety after which the group were each allowed to take home the bike they had helped to restore.

A presentation event was held last Wednesday to mark the end of the project. At the event local PCSO Annie Austin presented the six young people with their certificates of accomplishment as well as handing out helmets, lights and other useful bike accessories that were funded by the project.

Janet Parish, chairman of Stretham Youth Centre, said: “All of the young people on the project worked really hard to get their bikes road worthy. The work took place in a very cold shed but they all stuck at it, helping each other and now they are all proud owners of a bike they know how to repair, maintain and ride safely.

“We are very grateful to the police and crime commissioner youth fund for the project funding and to Parkside Police Station for the donation of bikes.”

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