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New 'one stop shop' for budding cyclists at Watford Cycle Hub
Budding cyclists now have a new space to meet up and get advice thanks to a social space that has opened at Watford Cycle Hub.
The new area has been provided with the help of Watford Community Housing Trust, who arranged for the space to be refurbished by young apprentices.
The apprentices transformed an area of the Hub, which currently offers courses, repairs and bike sales, into a place where visitors are encouraged to relax, meet other cyclists and enjoy refreshments. It also includes a new retail space where cyclists can buy bike gear.
Kate Jenkins, founder and general manager of the Hub said: "We're delighted that we can provide a ‘one stop shop’ for everyone who wants to ride, whatever their level. Our brand new social space combined with retail area and ample free parking, makes it a perfect place for people to start their ride, or pop in for some expert advice or help.
"I can't thank everyone enough who has helped us to get established. Without the support of Watford Community Housing Trust, Watford Borough Council and all our volunteers and partners we wouldn't have achieved as much as we have in such a short space of time".
The new facilities were officially opened on Wednesday evening by Watford’s Elected Mayor Dorothy Thornhill, and the Chief Executive of the Housing Trust, Tina Barnard.
Mayor Dorothy Thornhill, said: "It’s great that cycling is on the up in Watford and people, especially families, are discovering hidden routes to explore and even that it’s a good way to get to work!"
Tina Barnard, Chief Executive of Watford Community Housing Trust, added: "We are proud to support this social enterprise, which has not only created jobs but is also helping people to live more healthily. Refurbishing the social space has been a positive experience for everyone, benefiting the Hub while also providing valuable experience for the apprentices on our Community Maintenance Team."
More information about Watford Cycle Hub, go to watfordcyclehub.org.uk.
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