Dr Bike pops up at Medina Masjid Mosque

Date published: 12 October 2017

The Petrus Bike Kitchen popped up at the Medina Masjid Mosque to carry out safety checks and minor repairs on bikes.

This is a service Petrus intends to offer throughout the borough to try and ensure bikes are safe to ride and riders gain skills to carry out a pre ride safety check.

Martin Topham (lead on cycling development) said: "The response to the event demonstrated a need to support young riders and adults to keep their bikes in a safe condition.

"We were able to carry out minor repairs such as replacing inner tubes, adjusting and replacing brake cables, adjusting gears and carrying out a general safety check on bike. We were also able to offer advice on more significant repairs such as replacing chains, chain rings and gear cassettes.

"These are jobs that can be carried in the workshop at the Rochdale Bike Kitchen."

Councillor Daalat Ali attended the event and said: "Petrus bike repair project at Medina Mosque Newbold took off like fire in that many children, families and young people queued for their bikes to be repaired.

"This was a truly community engagement event and recommend it to be rolled out borough wide"

Amir Zia from said: "The icare project at Medina Mosque partnered up with Petrus Pedals in hosting a drop in bike safety event.

"The event was very successful despite the weather and we had twenty bikes come in brought by a mixture of young people and adults who were keen to learn skills to carry out simple repairs and safety checks.

"Due to the success of the event we would like to hold further events throughout the year and on behalf of the mosque committee would like to thank Petrus for taking the time out to come to the mosque."

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