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Cycle Hub Celebrates First Summer

A new cycle hub in Hemel Hempstead has celebrated its first summer by inviting the team behind it back for a special thank you event.

The Dacorum Cycle Hub, which aims to provide opportunities for everyone to enjoy the benefits of cycling, has seen Osborne, Dacorum Borough Council and Watford Cycle Hub come together to turn a derelict building into a fit for purpose community hub.

Officially opened in May, it offers training and skills classes, repair services and bike hire alongside a thriving café and has proved a huge hit over the school summer holidays.

The transformation of the site would not have been possible however, without a host of supply chain partners lending support including electricians, window and kitchen fitters, decorators and more.
By way of thanks, all those involved were invited to a special event in August, where they were able to see first-hand the hub in action before a plaque, listing every company that had contributed (Mr Gates, The Window Company, JPS Projects, GB Electrical and BMA Contractors) was unveiled.

Carol Bailey, Osborne Property Services Managing Director said: “Community Investment is at the heart of our contract here with Dacorum Borough Council and we are incredibly thankful to our valuable supply chain who support us to make real differences to our customers’ lives. It is evident that the Cycle Hub is already becoming a key service in the community and we thank all our supply partners for their involvement.”

The Window Company Managing Director Rob Petre said: “This is a fantastic initiative and we were delighted to be a part of it. Our team went along to the launch event and were really impressed with how the facility is already being used and the positive impact it looks set to have.

“We have a policy of always supporting community projects like this where we can see they will make a real difference to the residents whose homes we work in day to day installing new windows.”

Cllr Neil Harden, Portfolio Holder for Residents and Corporate Services at Dacorum Borough Council, said: “The Dacorum Cycle Hub has had an amazing first summer welcoming hundreds of cyclists within the first few months and all Learn to Ride and Bikeability courses have been fully booked.

“As we geared up to the Tour of Britain coming to Hemel Hempstead this Saturday (9 September) the Cycle Hub was also the perfect venue for us to host a free family fun day in August, giving local children the opportunity to meet professional cyclist Rory Townsend who is taking part in the Tour of Britain for the first time this year.

“With something for everyone from novice riders wanting to build their confidence to those looking to take their cycling to the next level, the Dacorum Cycle Hub has already proven it’s a great asset to the community.”
For more information on the Dacorum Cycle Hub visit http://www.dacorum.gov.uk/home/leisure-culture/dacorum-cycle-hub

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