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Community group gears up to give bike shop a new lease of life

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Have wondered what’s happening at the former Electric Bike Shop on John Street in Stroud?  

Community interest company Creative Sustainability – which runs the Access Bike Project – is taking on the space on a pop-up basis for two months, and hoping to set up shop there permanently. 

Community Sustainability 3 | Community group gears up to give bike shop a new lease of life
The shop is in the former Electric Bike Shop in Stroud.

They are having a launch event from 10am – 2pm on Saturday, November 18th, where people will be able to browse refurbished bikes and buy new accessories including lights, locks, helmets, and reflective jackets. 

Access Bike Project Manager, James Beecher said: “With the recent closure not only of the Electric Bike Shop, but also Halfords and Wilko in the town centre, we felt we ought to step in and make sure people can still buy lights, locks, helmets and other essential bike kit in town. We’ll also be selling second-hand bikes which have been refurbished with the help of the young people we support to learn bike mechanics at our workshop in Fromehall Mill, Cainscross.” 

Community Sustainability 2 | Community group gears up to give bike shop a new lease of life
The pop-up shop will open on Saturday.

Creative Sustainability Chief Executive, Anna Bonallack said: “As well as cycling-related work from Access Bike, we’ll be showcasing Creative Sustainability’s other projects: the Gloucestershire Youth Climate Group, 3rd Space Youth Project, our role in supporting local community hubs, and our Digital Inclusion work… and we’d love to hear your ideas for how the space can be of use to the cycling community locally and to the community of Stroud town generally. Come along and let us know what you think.” 

Creative Sustainability also supports people to get online and improve their digital skills. Every Friday from 9-12am they’ll be hosting a Digi Cafe at 10 John St.  

Creative Sustainability Digital Inclusion Officer, Nick Turner said: “Do you have issues with data in town? Want some help checking bus timetables on your smartphone? I’ll be running weekly sessions where people will be able to drop by for free help accessing the internet and doing more online”. 

Learn more about the event on Facebook: Grand opening – Creative Sustainability @ 10 John St 

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