Barnsley’s Active Travel Hub (ATHUB) has re-opened this week, on Monday 1 June, to help residents incorporate more cycling and walking into their daily lives. The hub was closed for a period during lockdown, but is now back open, by appointment only, with new social distancing measures in place.
The ATHUB will now be open by appointment only, from 10.15am until 4.15pm, Monday to Friday. Customers can head to the website and fill in an online booking form, and then they'll be contacted and offered an appointment time. Residents will be able to book an appointment to have a bike repair, return a bike they have out on loan, or purchase a reconditioned bike.
There are several social distancing measures in place, including:
- Only one customer in the hub at a time
- Customers remaining two metres behind the workshop
- Clear signage and tape to help social distancing
- Bikes wiped down on arrival and exit of the hub
- Regular cleaning of surfaces and in the bike parking
- Closure of the entrance in the interchange, so customers can only enter and exit from Eldon St North.
The hub offers numerous services, including bike repair, bike loans, refurbished bikes to purchase and advice on walking routes. These services make it easier and more accessible for residents to take up cycling, whether that’s for commuting or pleasure. Moving more each day, either on foot or on a bike, is excellent for mental and physical health. It can improve sleep quality, mood, anxiety and reduce the risk of certain health conditions later in life. Barnsley Council and the Active in Barnsley partnership is encouraging residents to take up more daily movement in any way that works for them, with the new #WhatsYourMove campaign.
Active Travel has lots of benefits for the individual, as well as the wider borough. Concentrations of the polluting gas nitrogen dioxide have reduced in the borough following lockdown. Nitrogen dioxide gas is strongly associated with traffic emissions, and at the roadside, concentrations have decreased in the lockdown by as much as 30 to 40 per cent. By choosing Active Travel over driving or public transport, residents can save money, reduce road traffic, reduce pollution and carbon emissions, and improve their health.
Cllr Chris Lamb, Cabinet Spokesperson for Environment and Transport, said: “We’d like to encourage residents to choose Active Travel when they’re thinking about how they’ll get to work either now or in the future, do their essential food shopping or making short journeys. Cycling and walking for travel or pleasure has so many benefits for health and our beautiful borough.
“We’re working with the Cycle Forum, which consists of council officers and representatives from various cycle groups, to make plans for how Active Travel can be improved in Barnsley. We are already working on ideas for new and proposed routes across the borough.”
You can find the Active Travel Hub at Unit 5, The Transport Interchange, Eldon St N, Barnsley S70 1SE.