15.04.2016 - Cycl-opps proves a hit at Safer Roads event

The recent ‘Open Roads’ event held at Rockingham Circuit by Northamptonshire Police, predominantly aimed at promoting safer roads throughout the county proved a huge success with over 3000 visitors attending.

A fun and educational occasion, intended to provide the public with the opportunity to not only enjoy a variety of driving experiences, demonstrations and displays, but also to pick up plenty of road safety advice and tips whilst supporting some wonderful causes.

One of which was ‘Project Cycl-opps’, an initiative that Northamptonshire police began six months back, a campaign aimed at young offenders, giving them the opportunity to learn basic bike repair techniques with the intention of learning new skills to boost future employment prospects.

‘Open Roads’ was the second refurbished bike sale, generating a further £590 taking the total from the campaign just shy of £2,000 after the earlier bike sales at the back end of 2015. The self funded project, also supports head injury charity, Headway Northampton.

Inspector Dina Sunderland, Northamptonshire Police said: ‘’There was lots of interest in the bikes at the ‘Open Roads’ event, we have learnt a lot and will be looking to move the initiative forward in the near future. Pleasingly we also made some useful contacts that were keen to learn more about the project and others wishing to get involved.’’

Local business Mick George Ltd is just one of the parties involved in the initiative and has been donating redundant bicycles received at its waste transfer stations to help aid the longevity of the project.

Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’We attend a whole array of events across a spectrum of interests with varying audiences, without doubt, those such as ‘Open Roads’ where you can see so many kids actively learning whilst having fun is the most satisfying. If that can be done whilst raising funds for a positive cause, then everyone’s a winner.’’

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