Big Birmingham Bikes boost for city charity

Young people from the St Basils Youth Council enjoyed a bike ride in the city earlier this week (May 27) as a gesture of thanks for the support they have been provided by the Big Birmingham Bikes (BBB) scheme.

St Basils, a local homelessness charity, was recently given a number of the distinctive BBB’s as part of the effort to enable more people to become active in the city.

And to say thank you for those involved with the generous gesture, young people from St Basils invited members of the BBB team – including council officers and elected members – to greet them at the end of the ride from their Digbeth HQ to Victoria Square in the city centre.

Amongst those greeting them was Cllr Lisa Trickett, Cabinet Member for Clean Streets, Recycling and Environment, who oversaw the introduction of the BBB scheme as part of the wider Birmingham Cycle Revolution project in 2014/15.

Cllr Trickett said: “The young people who access services at St Basils are truly inspirational.

“They’ve been given a chance to take part in the BBB giveaway and have embraced the opportunity given to them.

“Riding a bike is making them healthier by being physically active and also providing them with a mode of transport that is affordable – breaking down barriers that would stop them socialising with friends and loved ones while also potentially making it easier or financially viable to access work.

“It was an honour to be invited to take part in this ride and learn more about the positive impact BBB is having on everyday Brummies.”

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