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Blackburn and Darwen jobseekers loaned bikes to get to job interviews
9:55am Monday 11th March 2013 in East Lancashire
JOBSEEKERS in Blackburn with Darwen will now be able to ‘get on their bikes’ thanks to a council scheme.
The borough’s CONNECT programme has donated two cycles to local charity Bootstrap to help people get to and from job interviews.
The project, which received £1.4 million from the Department for Transport, aims to promote healthier ‘green’ travel including walking, cycling, car sharing and public transport.
The latest grant echoes then Tory Cabinet Minister Norman Tebbit’s famous 1981 call for the jobless to ‘get on their bikes’ and look for work.
Bootstrap has more than 100 staff supporting employment, enterprise, skills, training, the disabled, and social care.
Two bikes have been donated, along with six helmets, two locks and high visibility accessories.
Clients will use the bikes to travel to work interviews and can then use them for a month in their new job.
Borough regeneration boss Dave Harling, said: “This is a brilliant and innovative way for people to get to job interviews while taking advantage of sustainable ways of travel.
“Hopefully those who gain employment through Bootstrap will continue to fly the flag for sustainable travel and can convince their new colleagues to do the same.”
Bootstrap chief executive Elizabeth Taylor said: “The bikes provided by the Connect Project will enable Bootstrap clients to trial cycling as a transport option.”