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The Brighton Bikehub project aims to establish a charity bike shop, maintenance and training centre on Brighton’s Lewes Road.

Established and managed by Groundwork South, it will provide access to affordable bikes, cycle maintenance, renovation, training & cycle hire for residents, students & visitors. The project will be a volunteer staffed community-based enterprise which aims to be financially sustainable.

We are currently (Dec 2013) negotiating lease terms for premises on the Lewes Road. If successful, these will require considerable fit-out work and so we are unlikely to be able to open until around March 2014. In the meantime, we want to get started: to develop our volunteer team, test out our processes, build up initial stock of bikes and engage with local communities. We believe that a corner of the disused Circus Street site would be ideal for this purpose and would be hugely appreciated in helping this project to get off the ground. We are likely to need ongoing additional workshop and storage space even after we open the shop premises and so would be interested in continuing any arrangement for as long as is practicable.

The Bike Hub project will build on Brighton’s strong and growing cycling culture and, in particular, the recent cycle infrastructure improvements along the A270/Lewes Road. These open up the possibility of cycling to thousands more people across this part of the city. As a key arterial route the A270 provides an important link between the City Centre, five university sites, the Amex Community Stadium and many neighbourhoods along its route. The Bike Hub project will promote cycling as an affordable and active form of mobility which is of benefit to most people and particularly those living on low incomes and the large local student population.

We aim to achieve, or contribute to, the following positive health, social and environmental outcomes as a result of the project:
a) Increased affordable mobility, particularly for people on low income, and for young people, reducing transport inequalities
b) Improved health, fitness and well-being in the local area through more active travel
c) Increased skills, confidence and employability through cycle training and experience gained through volunteering, apprenticeships and work experience opportunities for young unemployed and Key Stage 4 16+ yrs in local schools and colleges.
d) Greater cycle safety and reduced cycle-related accidents and casualties, through increased cycle competence, better maintained bikes and ‘safety-in-numbers’ effect
e) Reduced air pollution and CO2 emissions due to a shift away from car dependency and associated congestion
f) Reduced waste and landfill through re-use and recycling of bikes and bike parts
g) Increased community cohesion through community engagement
h) Increased public profile for Groundwork South and awareness of other local projects

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