Three forecourt sites have been included among 21 Central England Co-op locations where public bicycle repair stations have been installed following a successful trial.
The features offer a specialist bike maintenance station with a sturdy workstand and pump for cyclists to make necessary repairs and tune up their bicycles.
They have been rolled out in a five-figure investment following a successful trial at the retailer’s Openwoodgate Food Store in Belper, Derbyshire.
Alongside the installation of the repair stations, all the stores in the scheme will also include a range of features to make them perfect pit stops for cyclists, from coffee machines and seating areas to community noticeboards featuring local cycle routes and information in partnership with Sustrans, custodian of the National Cycle Network.
Forecourt sites included in the investment are Boley Park, Lichfield; Lane Head Road, Shepley, and Burley Road, Oakham.
The co-op society will also be taking part in National Bike Week (30 May-5 June) with a range of events including Dr Bike maintenance sessions and bike donations working with the charity The Bike Project.
The retailer is also encouraging colleagues, members and customers to join Cycling UK’s World’s Biggest Bike Ride.
Hannah Gallimore, Central England Co-op corporate responsibility manager, said: “As a co-operative, our communities are always at the heart of all our decisions, especially during these uncertain times.
“This is why we wanted to make sure we are there as perfect pit stops for the increasing numbers of people choosing to cycle, whether to help keep fit and healthy, for their enjoyment and wellbeing or to get about safely, as well as those commuting to and from work as restrictions are eased.
“Supporting greener travel also forms a major part of our purpose to create a sustainable Society for all with other new initiatives including the installing of electric car charging points at new stores and offering home delivery via a fleet of eco-friendly electric vehicles.
“The cycle repair station at our Openwoodgate Food Store has received great feedback from cyclists and has offered a really useful service while also acting as a good meeting place for the local cycling clubs while they refuel. We are now delighted to extend this offer to more communities across our trading area.”