A brand new cycle hub has opened in Trinity Market today.
The first of its kind to open in the Old Town area, the space will hold storage for up to 40 cycles and offer a repair service to commuters, shoppers and visitors.
Local charity R-evolution have been appointed to operate the cycling hub from Trinity Market, helping support the city’s ambition to become a cycling city.
The team already provide training and employability to help people into work whilst delivering a range of cycle projects in the community, recycling 1,500 bikes a year and encouraging more people to take up cycling.
John Marshall MBE, chief executive of R-evolution, said: “We are delighted to enter this exciting partnership with Hull City Council and help make cycling more accessible for all users of the city centre. This new service will encourage more people to turn to pedal power and also help our ambition to train local people and provide routes to work.
The team in the market will provide a facility to recycle and refurbish old bicycles and offer a provision for affordable bike sales. They will also provide a range of workshops to demonstrate basic cycling maintenance techniques and how to cycle safely around the city.
Future plans also include a cycle hire facility with electric bikes and scooters, and guided cycle tours in Hull.
Councillor Daren Hale, portfolio holder for regeneration and economic investment, said: “The opening of the cycle hub in Trinity Market is a vital component in our ambitious journey to make Hull a cycling a city.
“With the installation of clearer and more visible cycle lanes, we want to build a network that is accessible for everyone. And in order for this to be successful, having a secure storage facility is necessary.
“We are delighted that the cycle hub is opening and I hope it will encourage even more people to start using a more sustainable form of transport, and will complement the new cycling facility which reopened in Paragon Interchange in September.
“Cycling not only benefits the local economy, it also feeds into our ambition to encourage more people to use an active form of travel and supports the Government’s strategy to tackle obesity by encouraging GPs to prescribe cycling as a way to lose weight.
“Walking and cycling also supports the authority’s ambition to become carbon neutral by 2030.”