On yer bike: caretakers deliver services on two wheels

By on 25/07/2013 in News

LtoR Kevin Ruff and Simon Nicholls council caretakers on the move

Pedal power is the driving force behind a new council initiative where caretakers are set to carry out repairs in their neighbourhood by bike rather than a motorised vehicle.

The incentive, based in Brandwood Ward, will result in local district caretakers completing jobs which include general repairs, maintenance and ensuring the area is clean and tidy.

It is hoped that this initiative will not only have a positive health impact on the caretakers, but it will also reduce the cost of fuel used in vans. The reduction in fuel use is better for the environment and is in line with the council's green agenda.

Kevin Ruff, District caretaker, said: “The bikes get us out and about in the local community in a way that wasn't possible when we only used vans.

“We're also able to nip around the neighbourhood better, and because of this we're more efficient at our jobs. We can get to the tenants' homes quicker and get the job done.”

The scheme received funding through Druids Heath Neighbourhood Forum.  The caretakers delivering the service on two wheels have carried out cycle training in order to ride on the road safely.

Selly Oak District Chair, Cllr Karen McCarthy said: “This is a great incentive. Not only does this work for our tenants in delivering a service on two wheels, it also makes council workers more visible and has the addition of health benefits.”

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For more media information contact Karen Blanchette on 0121 303 6969.

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