A Bath charity is launching a brand new e-bike scheme for tourists which will raise vital cash to reduce homelessness and tackle long-term unemployment.
Thanks to a grant from the West of England Combined Authority, led by Metro Mayor Dan Norris, the Julian House Bike Workshop is investing in a fleet of e-bikes which they will rent out to tourists visiting the city.
Rod Standing, the workshop manager, chatted to Mayor Dan Norris about how many people visiting Bath want to see the locations from Netflix’s Bridgerton and are disappointed to find it is spread out across the city – so an e-bike is a great way to take in all the sights.
This will be a new income stream for the social enterprise business. Its core business is to refurbish second-hand bikes while offering training opportunities and work experience for those wanting to re-enter the job market. All profits go to the charity allowing it to provide more services – particularly in the areas of homelessness, domestic abuse and criminal justice.
Meanwhile there will also be additional training and workplace experience on e-bikes for those working in the bike workshop who often have a background of homelessness or long-term unemployment.