City cyclists set for free bike maintenance sessions

Have your bicycle health checked for free by a bike doctor this summer.

A series of bike maintenance sessions from Grease Monkeys Cycles, set up by the Council through the Smarter Choices Smarter Places Fund, will be popping up across the city between August and October.

The first ‘surgery’ will take place on the National Cycle Route 1 on Roseburn Bridge between 4pm and 6pm on Thursday, 27th August.

Any passers-by can have their bikes checked and given a light service by a qualified mechanic for free at the pop-ups, which will also be appearing at locations including the Meadows and on Portobello Prom.

Transport Convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds, said: “Promoting cycling as a safe and healthy mode of transport is a key priority here in Edinburgh.

“Thanks to Smarter Choices, Smarter Places funding, initiatives like these not only encourage bike commuting but promote our fantastic network of cycle lanes, which span the city.”

Edinburgh has been allocated £496K funding by the Scottish Government under its Smarter Choices, Smarter Places initiative, which is being matched by the Council’s own funding.

The funding will help the Council implement its On Foot, By Bike campaign, which encourages the public to use sustainable transport.

Free bicycle servicing will be in the following locations on these dates:
  • Edinburgh Quay, 10 September, 4pm - 6pm
  • Inverleith Festival, 13 September, 3pm - 6pm
  • Middle Meadow Walk, 23 September, 4pm - 6pm
  • Here and Now - Rodney Street Tunnel, 27 September, 11.45am - 1.45pm
  • Portobello Prom, 3 October, 10am - 12pm 
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