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That's interesting. I thought that they'd be targeted at people who had already qualified for the free leisure centre passes - so that makes me wonder what the take-up on those free leisure centre passes are and how much they are used.

Well, you'll have to ride it often and hang off it leaflets saying 'win a bike like this' (or similar wording) for people to enter the next prize draw to encourage people to apply.

There are different priority levels within the eligible postcodes, think the idea is to get as many priority 1 then 2 etc applications in...

Yep, what Rich said.

As for free Leisure Centre passes - everyone in the city is entitled to one.

Just for a bit of balance, BikeRight! (I work for them) were contacted over the weekend by a lady who has won a bike, who has never ridden before, and has decided to learn and start riding because of the free bike she's won. So there is someone who doesn't ride currently, who will be in the future, directly as a result of the BBB scheme. :) 

If the current sample size of 2 turns out to be representative, then that'll be an excellent result ;)

There were 11 (not bad considering the max number was nine) at the first BBB training session who'd 'won' bikes - most could already ride to some extent (some quite well) but they didn't all own bikes so that will be a few more getting back on a bike.  Plus, passers by came to see what was happening and left with details of how they could learn to ride. 

Another lot due this evening (aren't flood lights wonderful things), and yet more at the weekend.

Sounds very positive. It doesn't take many people being inspired to take up cycling long term by this project for the investment in the BBBs to be paid back in NHS savings.

Do you know anyone doing the maintenance courses, and how those are going?

The maintenance courses have always been very popular.  For BBB they are being put on (I believe, but don't quote me on this) by BikeRight! at certain centres and by CycleChain at others.  BR! have been doing courses from their base in the city centre for some time now, and CycleChain have been supplying courses to BNB for ages - so in both cases the punters can be assured of a quality offering.

Free Birmingham bike project under way -  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-33154673

I coincided with what appeared to be 50 or so people taking delivery of their bikes outside the Council House this morning.  They look like quite nice bikes despite being almost as heavy as my hybrid.  Saw a fair few being wheeled away after the photo-op which seemed to rather defeat the object.  Nice positive feel to the event though

I did one of the maintenance cses and must find time to pop along to another; it was rather good.

If the lucky recipients who walked their bikes across Vic Sq did so because they were not confident to ride, then that shows the scheme has chosen sensible people.

Andrew W said:

I coincided with what appeared to be 50 or so people taking delivery of their bikes outside the Council House this morning.  They look like quite nice bikes despite being almost as heavy as my hybrid.  Saw a fair few being wheeled away after the photo-op which seemed to rather defeat the object.  Nice positive feel to the event though

Or that people have no intention to ride the bike and will flog it on as soon as possible?

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