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Matthews Welcomes Bike Repair Workshops in Wicklow Recycling Centres


Wicklow County Council is offering free bike repair workshops in its Arklow, Bray and Wicklow recycling centres this August. They will be provided by the Rediscovery Centre and South East Cycling held on the following dates and times:


· Tuesday 9th August at 7.00pm - The Murrough Recycling Centre, Wicklow Town.

· Thursday 11th August at 7.00pm - Arklow Recycling Centre.

· Saturday 13th August at 2.30pm - Bray Recycling Centre.


Welcoming the bike repair workshops, Green Party TD Steven Matthews said:


“This is a great opportunity to learn the basics of maintaining and repairing your bike. This includes puncture repair, chain care and checking the performance of brakes and gears. The workshops are open to all and young people and their families are particularly welcome.


“I would encourage those who regularly cycle and would like to learn more about bike repair to register for one of the workshops by sending an email to the Environmental Awareness Office of Wicklow County Council at eao@wicklowcoco.ie. The skills taught in these sessions are essential for keeping your bike functioning at its peak performance and for lengthening its lifespan.


“This initiative follows the enactment into law of the Circular Economy Bill which aims to establish more sustainable patterns of production and consumption through reducing waste and lowering greenhouse gas emissions at each stage of the economic cycle. The Green Party has consistently supported active modes of travel such as cycling as they are crucial to achieving our climate objectives in the transport sector.


“This is why we committed to a two-to-one spending ratio in favour of public transport to roads in the National Development Plan. We are working to expand our network of cycling infrastructure, Greenways, pedestrian paths and Safe Routes to School so that everyone can have the opportunity to cycle. If anyone has questions about the Government’s policies on active travel or the bike repair workshops funded by Wicklow County Council, I would encourage them to get in touch directly and I will offer any advice I can”, Deputy Matthews concluded.


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