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Creating ‘Pop-up’ Cycle Centres for The Big Birmingham Bikes Scheme

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The Customer

S Jones Containers is helping Birmingham residents turn to pedal power, by supplying converted shipping containers for cycle centres as part of the city’s ‘Cycle Revolution.’

The new cycle centres are to be situated in parks and leisure centres across the city for Birmingham City Council’s Big Birmingham Bikes initiative.

The Challenge

Under the scheme, around 3000 new bikes are being given away to people in the most deprived areas, to encourage more cycling in the city, reduce traffic congestion and improve health and wellbeing.

Another 2000 bikes will be available for all residents to hire at specially kitted out cycle centres, where a number of bikes will be stationed for community access or given out on long term (six monthly) loans to individuals or groups.

The Big Birmingham Bikes initiative is part of the £23.4million Birmingham Cycle Revolution project that aims to make cycling an everyday form of transport over the next 20 years.

The S Jones Solution

Andrew Jones, Managing Director of S Jones said: “Coming up with unusual solutions to different applications is what we do every day.  These containers are extremely robust and are ideally suited for converting to almost an infinite number of alternative uses, as a secure, weatherproof enclosure.

“We are delighted to partner Birmingham City Council in this important initiative.  It is very rewarding to know people across the city are going to gain so much pleasure from our modified containers.”

What Big Birmingham Bikes Had To Say

The internal fit of the cycle centres includes special hooks to keep bikes safe and secure.  Cycling development officer (Big Birmingham Bikes) Ed Wicks is delighted with the result.

He said: “We are extremely happy with the cycle centres.  They open and close very freely, and the hooks significantly increase the life span of the bikes as they don’t get damaged when they’re taken in and out.”

Councillor Lisa Trickett, cabinet member for a green, smart and sustainable city at the council, said the cycle centres are an essential part of the scheme.

“It’s fantastic to see the first of our cycle centres in operation.  Each hub, which will be open seven days a week and will be run by paid instructors with support from volunteers.  They’ll offer a programme of activities including cycle training, cycle maintenance and led rides.”

What Our Customers Say

18th Jul 2024

Fantastic friendly service. Worked very close with my needs delivery date and drop of very professional highly recommended

17th Jul 2024

From the initial quote from S Jones Containers all the way through to delivery, the service was top class. I dealt with Clare Wright and Charlotte Seymour, there attention to detail and high work rate allowed the container to be ordered and delivered in a timely and smooth manner for our client.

17th Jul 2024

great reliable and informative service already looking at using S Jones again on another project

3rd Jul 2024

I just wanted to thank everyone at S.Jones for the brilliant, professional service throughout the whole process of buying and delivering my container and also for their patience whilst we coped with very unhelpful weather on site. Special thanks to Rachel and Lorna and Lee at John Butlin & Co. Ltd
Transport and the very helpful, professional and efficient driver on the day. I had never bought a container (which by the way was very smart for a reconditioned one) and they all helped me when I must have been a complete pain at times!

17th May 2024

Nice easy process and very competitive price.
Great to deal with throughout to delivery.

Thank you.

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