Merton’s young people build their own bike from scratch

Pupils at Merton Council’s Smart Centre in Morden built their own bikes with the help of bike mechanics from the council’s cycle training provider, Cycle Confident.

Young people riding the bikes they built.

Young people riding the bikes they built.

The initiative is part of the council’s efforts to encourage people to choose pedal power as a healthy way to get around. The young bike builders were able to take home their new bikes at the end of the day.

Free cycling lessons are available to all Merton Council schools. Details are on the Cycle Confident website and the council’s website.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, environment and housing Councillor Martin Whelton said: “This is one of a number of cycling initiatives that we are supporting to encourage people to use their bikes. Cycling is environmentally friendly and reduces the number of cars on our roads along with keeping people fit through exercise. It’s great these young people have had the opportunity to build their own bike too, learning the skills of how to put a bike together and then getting to ride the bike they’ve made. Later this month, we will also see the great spectacle of the annual  Ride London cycling race come through the borough which should also encourage people to get on their bikes and ride.”