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Gloucestershire Bike Project out to raise £100,000

Gloucestershire Bike Project is a non-profit social enterprise that hopes to move to a larger workshop within the city centre.

Launched in 2011, the organisers of GBK are raising money to launch a new bike hire scheme, as well as a café and training centre.

The training centre will be used to offer professional qualifications and train up bike mechanics. The microbusiness has already raised £30,000 and has recently applied for funding through the Biffa Awards.

The bike hire scheme would allow local citizens to rent bicycles for a few hours, a project that GBK co-coordinator Maureen Parker feels could improve the health and wellbeing of many.

‘‘It would be immense if we could secure this move. We’re so out of the way at the moment that many people don’t even know we’re here.’’

‘‘We hope the bike hire and loan scheme would improve people’s health and well-being and help them save money.’’

The bike project relies on the help of local volunteers, and Parker has called for assistance to help re-wire and lay a new floor in the potential new building.

‘‘This would allow us to grow by 50 per cent in the first two years, and we may be able to take on some apprentices.’’