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Watford Cycle Hub building is unveiled

A new custom designed cycling facility funded by Watford Borough Council will enable Watford Cycle Hub to expand its core services to the community and will play a key part in encouraging more cycling in the town for children and adults of all ages.

Watford Cycle Hub is a not-for-profit community based cycle centre located at Chaffinch Lane, next to Holywell Community Centre. It has been providing a range of essential cycle related services to support the town’s cyclists, including cycle repairs, cycle training, led rides cycle and maintenance courses, since it was formed eight years ago. Last year its pavilion building was assessed as no longer being ‘fit for purpose’ and plans to create a new facility were drawn up.

Investment in the Cycle Hub building was a key part of Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor’s manifesto commitment to provide and encourage the use of sustainable transport for Watford residents.

The new building includes a community café and social space along with an improved repairs workshop space and a dedicated office. It will also enable the Cycle Hub to cope with increasing demand on its services and deliver enough space to showcase reconditioned bikes inside along with an expanded range of accessories.

A new Beryl bike bay is located outside the Cycle Hub so that people who drop off their bikes for repair can cycle to wherever they live or work in Watford.

Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “We’ve seen from the Beryl bike share scheme we introduced earlier this year that there is a real appetite for cycling in the town so it is great to see this new facility up and running. The Cycle Hub do a great job in helping to promote cycling in our town with a range of courses, training and guided rides that help people to build their confidence and stay safe. As we move towards becoming a more sustainable, greener town, these services will be invaluable.”

Director of Watford Cycle Hub Kate Jenkins said: “We are very pleased to formally launch this new facility today. It will enable us to achieve our goal of building a stronger community of cyclists of all ages in our town. Please come and visit us, see what we do; check out our website to pre-book a bike repair or service, sign up for a course, or register for kids Go-Ride Cycling Club or one of our guided rides, all are welcome.”

Watford Cycle Hub is open from Tues to Fri 9am-3pm and Sat 9am to 5pm. For more information contact info@watfordcyclehub.org.uk or call on 01923 223994.