Cycle charity Glasgow Bike Station moves up a gear to open six days a week

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A cycle charity based in the West End of Glasgow is opening its doors six days a week for the first time to meet the demands of people wanting to use its services.

The Bike Station recycles bikes, provides affordable workshops, parts and accessories as well as servicing the city’s Nextbike cycle hire scheme and administering student and community cycle  schemes.

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Watch: The Bike Station is now open six days a week.

Gregory Chauvet, managing director of The Bike Station, said the charity had previously closed on Monday but was now opening to meet demand.

He said: “We have been helping people to get back on the road and get back cycling. We teach people cycle training, bike mechanics or just simply help by giving them affordable parts for bicycles.

“We refuse to open on a Sunday because we want to give our staff a rest, but we realised customers were coming to us on a Monday and were being disappointed that we were not open.

“So we decided to extend our opening hours to fit in with what our customers wanted. We are the only organisation open to the public that provides the full range of services that we do.”

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Repairs: The Bike Station provides space and tools for cyclists to fix and repair their own machines.

The charity has grown over the last six years since it started out in the Barras Market, and now has 30 staff and about 20 volunteers.

The Bike Station runs a number of community outreach projects in Glasgow – all designed to make cycling an easy, affordable and mainstream way to travel for people of all ages.

Funded by a combination of grant funding and income generated from bike sales, the organisations projects teach, train, inspire and encourage people to get out on their bikes – whether it’s learning from scratch or taking the step to commute to work for the first time.

According to the charity’s website, improving the environment in which people  live in and the health of people living in Glasgow is its ultimate aim.

The Bike Station is located in Haugh Road in the West End.

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