Westminster Cycling Campaign News - April 2013

Dr Bike greets passengers at Marylebone Station

Dr Bike set up surgery at Marylebone Station on the evening of Thursday 18 April 2013, providing free cycle safety checks, basic repairs, cycle maps and anti-theft information to Chiltern Railways passengers.

Dr Bike at Marylebone
The Dr Bike session at Marylebone
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Two volunteers from Westminster Cycling Campaign gave out leaflets about nearby Barclays Cycle Hire stations, cycle routes and cycle training to hundreds of passengers who cycle or who want to start cycling.

Two Police Community Support Officers from the British Transport Police provided advice to help passengers protect themselves against cycle theft. The officers also put anti-theft leaflets on all the bicycles in Marylebone Station’s new ‘double stack’ cycle parking stands, which are a secure design that allows the frame of the bike to be locked.

Four bike mechanics provided cycle safety checks to over 40 passengers. The operations at Dr Bike’s free surgery ranged from pumping up tyres to basic repairs of brakes and gears.

One of their patients commented “I am really grateful for the check-up that the Dr Bike mechanic gave me. She found a problem with my bike’s steering and fixed it for free. This will help keep my cycling, so I can avoid the crowds in the Tube in the morning.”

Colin Wing of Westminster Cycling Campaign commented “It's not surprising that many commuters cycle between Marylebone Station and their workplace: it's a convenient, reliable and enjoyable form of transport. Unfortunately the bikes used for these journeys don't always receive the tender loving care they deserve. The bike doctors were often able to make a large difference to a bike's performance with some quite basic maintenance.”