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objective is to keep her moving. T is bike will be therapeutic for Layla and great for her mobility, to help build her core balance which will enable her to walk.” T e idea for the bike workshops came from a group of cycle-keen service users who meet regularly as ‘T e Barrhead Mellow Velo Club’ and go out on a fl eet of 16 specially adapted and various two wheeled bikes.


John Sheridan, T e Barrhead Centre’s manager, said: “T e Barrhead Centre service users are at the core of this ongoing project and the ideas and drive to make it a reality came from them. T ey visit auctions to help bid for used bikes which we can re-condition and sell on. T e money raised goes back into keeping the workshops sustainable and our own fl eet of bikes roadworthy. Setting up the cycle workshop gives service users the opportunity to take on responsibilities, learn vocational skills and in turn improve their concentration and communication skills. It gives everybody involved a valid and valued reason to integrate with the community and be a real asset to local life.


T e guys were delighted and enthused to get Layla cycling. T ey have had many great experiences helping people to access cycling whether by repairing their own cycles or supplying reconditioned ones at low prices but helping Layla was special to them. T ey were falling over themselves to make parts, adjust settings, source bits and generally spruce it up.”


To encourage and support the wider community to get out and about and enjoy cycling the Barrhead Centre also loans out children and adult bikes for free. T e project is supported with funding from Cycling Scotland and the CHCP’s criminal justice team. Individuals completing community payback orders helped get the project off the ground. T ey dug the foundations, landscaped the grounds and built and kitted out the workshop and storage containers. Some will fulfi l their payback orders by working in the bike workshop too. T e cycle workshop is open week days at Barrhead Resource Centre, Barrhead, from 10am to 2pm. T e Barrhead Centre is run by East Renfrewshire Community Health


TAKE SOME SEED HUSKS AND JUST ADD WATER Seed husks from the desert plant Psyllium can provide a cleaner alternative to tar-bound macadam for surfacing UK paths and cycleways. T e husks are the same as those used to increase dietary fi bre intake in humans and animals. Mixed with water, the powdered husks form a gel that binds aggregate and produces a surface that is durable, self- draining and frost proof. A square metre of Psyllium-bound aggregate at 50mm thickness releases just 0.64kg of CO2, compared with 16.69kg for dense bitumen tar macadam. Originally developed as a binder in Arizona under the Stabilizer® brand, the licence for marketing it in the UK has been granted to Stabilizer UK Limited, a new enterprise set up by North Wales based environmental and landscape engineers Richards, Moorehead & Laing (RML) and associates. RML managing director Ivor Richards OBE said: “Psyllium seed husks have remarkable properties as an engineering material and have been used for more than 20 years in more than 200,000 projects worldwide. Aggregate bound with Stabilizer® is competitive on cost with macadam, has far superior environmental credentials and out-performs it in a wide range of non-highway applications, particularly as a result of its ease of application, cleanliness and free draining nature. It can be used for surfaces carrying pedestrian, cycle and light vehicle traffi c.


In addition to being non-toxic, non-staining and odourless, it produces no hazardous wastes and is 100% recyclable. It can also be used with diff erent colours of aggregate for decorative eff ects, for example in pedestrian areas or for blue cycle super-highways. As an added bonus, contractors’ machinery and tools do not need cleaning aſt er use.


cyclist and 2012 Olympics cycling commentator Tony Gibb.


Tony has assisted Willow in devising a three-tiered event which will allow cyclists of all abilities to really stretch their legs. Starting and fi nishing in Fairlands Valley Park, in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, participants can choose to take on a thirty, sixty or hundred mile course. Each route will be fully signposted with two designated water and rest stops on each.


When you sign up you will be in good


company – as well as Tony Gibb, also participating will be Tour of Britain winner Neil Hoban and Cath Wiggins, wife of British professional track and road cyclist, Bradley.


Challenge organiser, Tony Gibb, said: “I’m proud to be able to be involved in this new fundraising challenge for the Willow Foundation – what better way to get fi t and raise valuable funds for a great cause – come on, gear up and give!” Register today at http://regonline. activeeurope.com/willowbikechallenge.


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