Free bikes to help those on benefits get to work in Bradford

Free bikes to help those on benefits get to work in Bradford

Free bikes to help those on benefits get to work in Bradford

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PEOPLE coming off the dole in Bradford will be given free bikes to help them get to their new jobs.

Local transport chiefs have been handed a £2.8 million grant from the Government’s ‘sustainable transport fund’ to encourage people out of their cars.

Metro, West Yorkshire’s transport body, said some of the cash would be spent on buying 150 bikes for jobseekers, with scores of cycles heading to Bradford.

A spokesman said: “We will be funding a further 150 reconditioned bikes and sets of cycling accessories for jobseekers, who have a job start but no means to get there.

“Bradford JobCentre Plus will be allocated a proportion of these, so jobseekers attending the JobCentres in Bradford, Shipley and Keighley will be able to access these for ‘wheels to work’.

“This funding will also support NEETS [young people not in employment, education and training] and apprentices.”

Metro already boasts 100 bikes for West Yorkshire jobseekers, working in partnership with the organisation ‘Cycle-Recycle’ in Bradford, which restores old bikes.

But the new cash will allow a big expansion of the programme, in 2015/16, also funding the continuation of other schemes, including:

* A free zone 1-5 monthly MetroCard to help people with new jobs travel to work and “bridge the transition from benefits to the first monthly salary”.

Officials said almost one in three people said they would not have been able to accept the job without such support - and 97 per cent continued to use public transport.

* Cycle training to help parents ride to school with their children – including at Frizinghall Primary School, in Bradford.

* The £8 million smart card programme that has already issued over half a million smart cards across West Yorkshire.

Councillor Peter Box, chairman of the new West Yorkshire Combined Authority, said: "The success of the bid is good news for our local economy. It will support employers by delivering further enhancements to smart card delivery and information and extend the work of our Travel Plan Network, which was established to help local businesses.

"I’m also pleased that it will support job seekers in their return to work through the provision of free travel cards, which has proved very successful to date, particularly in helping young people early in their careers."

Stephen Hammond, the outgoing transport minister, said: "Almost all eligible local authorities submitted a bid for funding, and 44 were successful.

"The successful schemes will deliver a range of sustainable transport interventions across England, including enhanced cycling and walking infrastructure, improved bus journeys and better transport interchanges."

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6:44am Mon 21 Jul 14

Albion. says...

I've noticed an increase in the number of cyclists since the Grand Depart, the only trouble is that most of them seem to be on the pavement, even where there is a cycle lane on the road. I think the bike to work idea in the report, will be a five minute wonder for the majority.
I've noticed an increase in the number of cyclists since the Grand Depart, the only trouble is that most of them seem to be on the pavement, even where there is a cycle lane on the road. I think the bike to work idea in the report, will be a five minute wonder for the majority. Albion.
  • Score: 6

7:32am Mon 21 Jul 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

I work my arse off and pay my taxes, can I have a free bike.
I work my arse off and pay my taxes, can I have a free bike. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 35

7:33am Mon 21 Jul 14

theoutsider says...

150 free bikes to folk on t'dole !. You just know what's going to happen coz they' ve probably already got a free bike! ... the one they nicked out of your garage! the Metro freebie will just be sold on for more drink n drugs!. People on t'rock n roll don't ride bikes and had no interest in Le Grande Depart !
150 free bikes to folk on t'dole !. You just know what's going to happen coz they' ve probably already got a free bike! ... the one they nicked out of your garage! the Metro freebie will just be sold on for more drink n drugs!. People on t'rock n roll don't ride bikes and had no interest in Le Grande Depart ! theoutsider
  • Score: 13

7:53am Mon 21 Jul 14

mr.bradford says...

come september to march when the winds and the rains and the frosts and the snows arrive only the hardcore cyclists who use bikes day in day out will be on the roads. the free bike benefit claimants will have decided it is easier to stay in bed all day and be safely back on the dole and all the tour de france one minute wonders will be back in their cars moaning at all the cars on the road. this is bradford.
come september to march when the winds and the rains and the frosts and the snows arrive only the hardcore cyclists who use bikes day in day out will be on the roads. the free bike benefit claimants will have decided it is easier to stay in bed all day and be safely back on the dole and all the tour de france one minute wonders will be back in their cars moaning at all the cars on the road. this is bradford. mr.bradford
  • Score: 19

8:03am Mon 21 Jul 14

OLDLAD says...

I do not believe 150 people unemployed in bradford got a job! All I see in the papers is job lossses.
I do not believe 150 people unemployed in bradford got a job! All I see in the papers is job lossses. OLDLAD
  • Score: 8

8:37am Mon 21 Jul 14

JAtkinson says...

Something being done to support somebody less fortunate is always unpopular with Das Kommentors on here but I'm actually surprised with the level of bilious, ill conceived vitriol on this story already.

The scheme is to support people going back into work at a real financial stress point. Imagine if you'd been unemployed for any length of time, been on JSA for months or years, and finally managed to get yourself a job in a poor economy; then, you don't get paid for a month. How do you budget all the usual bills with the added extra of travel (and possibly some new work clothes) on top? This sounds very sensible and will help people stay in work.

Added to this, it is in wider society's interest to fund this as there will be fewer cars on the road if the cycling sticks, and fewer people claiming JSA if the person isn't late to work and so passes their probationary period. Both of these mean our taxes will be lower.

The ignorance and idiocy in suggesting all those unemployed are drug-addled drunkards is staggering, ignorant and idiotic. Might I suggest theoutsider returns outside, crawls up inside in his copy of the Daily Mail and stews in his own bitter juices?
Something being done to support somebody less fortunate is always unpopular with Das Kommentors on here but I'm actually surprised with the level of bilious, ill conceived vitriol on this story already. The scheme is to support people going back into work at a real financial stress point. Imagine if you'd been unemployed for any length of time, been on JSA for months or years, and finally managed to get yourself a job in a poor economy; then, you don't get paid for a month. How do you budget all the usual bills with the added extra of travel (and possibly some new work clothes) on top? This sounds very sensible and will help people stay in work. Added to this, it is in wider society's interest to fund this as there will be fewer cars on the road if the cycling sticks, and fewer people claiming JSA if the person isn't late to work and so passes their probationary period. Both of these mean our taxes will be lower. The ignorance and idiocy in suggesting all those unemployed are drug-addled drunkards is staggering, ignorant and idiotic. Might I suggest theoutsider returns outside, crawls up inside in his copy of the Daily Mail and stews in his own bitter juices? JAtkinson
  • Score: 1

9:03am Mon 21 Jul 14

Joedavid says...

Albion. wrote:
I've noticed an increase in the number of cyclists since the Grand Depart, the only trouble is that most of them seem to be on the pavement, even where there is a cycle lane on the road. I think the bike to work idea in the report, will be a five minute wonder for the majority.
I notice that cars park in the cycle lanes, might be a reason they are on pavement but like you I think they shouldn't.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: I've noticed an increase in the number of cyclists since the Grand Depart, the only trouble is that most of them seem to be on the pavement, even where there is a cycle lane on the road. I think the bike to work idea in the report, will be a five minute wonder for the majority.[/p][/quote]I notice that cars park in the cycle lanes, might be a reason they are on pavement but like you I think they shouldn't. Joedavid
  • Score: 12

9:05am Mon 21 Jul 14

Joedavid says...

I do think people should be helped back into work but I feel help with public transport cost should be the way and not freebies.
I do think people should be helped back into work but I feel help with public transport cost should be the way and not freebies. Joedavid
  • Score: 6

10:24am Mon 21 Jul 14

Apollo says...

Complete and utter nonsense. A really stupid idea.

Please do not use any of my taxes on supplying bikes to the unemployed or recently unemployed.
Complete and utter nonsense. A really stupid idea. Please do not use any of my taxes on supplying bikes to the unemployed or recently unemployed. Apollo
  • Score: 3

10:36am Mon 21 Jul 14

dazbot says...

Think this is a good step forward. Most of these will be very cheap bikes and its funded from central gov. If we didn't get it someone else would of so stop ya moaning.

The only problem is the state of the so called bike lanes. Most are hardly fit for purpose due to people parking in them , pot holes, parts of cars/trucks. Hardly a safe way for people to travel about. My son would love to ride the mile and half to school but I won't let him due to the idiots in cars and letting him ride on the pavement isn't fair to pedestrians.
Think this is a good step forward. Most of these will be very cheap bikes and its funded from central gov. If we didn't get it someone else would of so stop ya moaning. The only problem is the state of the so called bike lanes. Most are hardly fit for purpose due to people parking in them , pot holes, parts of cars/trucks. Hardly a safe way for people to travel about. My son would love to ride the mile and half to school but I won't let him due to the idiots in cars and letting him ride on the pavement isn't fair to pedestrians. dazbot
  • Score: 12

10:43am Mon 21 Jul 14

Albion. says...

Joedavid wrote:
I do think people should be helped back into work but I feel help with public transport cost should be the way and not freebies.
Exactly, if a bus service already exists it costs nothing to allow someone a free ride to a job interview.
[quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: I do think people should be helped back into work but I feel help with public transport cost should be the way and not freebies.[/p][/quote]Exactly, if a bus service already exists it costs nothing to allow someone a free ride to a job interview. Albion.
  • Score: 9

10:48am Mon 21 Jul 14

allinittogether says...

theoutsider wrote:
150 free bikes to folk on t'dole !. You just know what's going to happen coz they' ve probably already got a free bike! ... the one they nicked out of your garage! the Metro freebie will just be sold on for more drink n drugs!. People on t'rock n roll don't ride bikes and had no interest in Le Grande Depart !
Congratulations you managed to get your four baseless prejudices in such a short post all wrapped up in a jokey style. Genius!
[quote][p][bold]theoutsider[/bold] wrote: 150 free bikes to folk on t'dole !. You just know what's going to happen coz they' ve probably already got a free bike! ... the one they nicked out of your garage! the Metro freebie will just be sold on for more drink n drugs!. People on t'rock n roll don't ride bikes and had no interest in Le Grande Depart ![/p][/quote]Congratulations you managed to get your four baseless prejudices in such a short post all wrapped up in a jokey style. Genius! allinittogether
  • Score: 2

11:19am Mon 21 Jul 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

JAtkinson wrote:
Something being done to support somebody less fortunate is always unpopular with Das Kommentors on here but I'm actually surprised with the level of bilious, ill conceived vitriol on this story already. The scheme is to support people going back into work at a real financial stress point. Imagine if you'd been unemployed for any length of time, been on JSA for months or years, and finally managed to get yourself a job in a poor economy; then, you don't get paid for a month. How do you budget all the usual bills with the added extra of travel (and possibly some new work clothes) on top? This sounds very sensible and will help people stay in work. Added to this, it is in wider society's interest to fund this as there will be fewer cars on the road if the cycling sticks, and fewer people claiming JSA if the person isn't late to work and so passes their probationary period. Both of these mean our taxes will be lower. The ignorance and idiocy in suggesting all those unemployed are drug-addled drunkards is staggering, ignorant and idiotic. Might I suggest theoutsider returns outside, crawls up inside in his copy of the Daily Mail and stews in his own bitter juices?
These kind of incentives are somewhat of a joke.

It's like telling a kid if he eats all his tea he can watch Power Rangers. Nothing more than a bribe.

Why a free bike, why not discounted bus pass for the first couple of months instead? No doubt these bikes will be recieved and within days find their way onto ebay or some other similar site.

Those who want to find work will find it, it's out there. The T&A lists 1422 jobs within 20miles of Bradford that need filling.

It's the same old rubbish, free laptops, free childcare, if you find yourself a job. Maybe a ban on Sky TV for the employed would cause the biggest catalyst for people getting off their behind.
[quote][p][bold]JAtkinson[/bold] wrote: Something being done to support somebody less fortunate is always unpopular with Das Kommentors on here but I'm actually surprised with the level of bilious, ill conceived vitriol on this story already. The scheme is to support people going back into work at a real financial stress point. Imagine if you'd been unemployed for any length of time, been on JSA for months or years, and finally managed to get yourself a job in a poor economy; then, you don't get paid for a month. How do you budget all the usual bills with the added extra of travel (and possibly some new work clothes) on top? This sounds very sensible and will help people stay in work. Added to this, it is in wider society's interest to fund this as there will be fewer cars on the road if the cycling sticks, and fewer people claiming JSA if the person isn't late to work and so passes their probationary period. Both of these mean our taxes will be lower. The ignorance and idiocy in suggesting all those unemployed are drug-addled drunkards is staggering, ignorant and idiotic. Might I suggest theoutsider returns outside, crawls up inside in his copy of the Daily Mail and stews in his own bitter juices?[/p][/quote]These kind of incentives are somewhat of a joke. It's like telling a kid if he eats all his tea he can watch Power Rangers. Nothing more than a bribe. Why a free bike, why not discounted bus pass for the first couple of months instead? No doubt these bikes will be recieved and within days find their way onto ebay or some other similar site. Those who want to find work will find it, it's out there. The T&A lists 1422 jobs within 20miles of Bradford that need filling. It's the same old rubbish, free laptops, free childcare, if you find yourself a job. Maybe a ban on Sky TV for the employed would cause the biggest catalyst for people getting off their behind. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: -2

12:22pm Mon 21 Jul 14

bonoforpm says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
JAtkinson wrote:
Something being done to support somebody less fortunate is always unpopular with Das Kommentors on here but I'm actually surprised with the level of bilious, ill conceived vitriol on this story already. The scheme is to support people going back into work at a real financial stress point. Imagine if you'd been unemployed for any length of time, been on JSA for months or years, and finally managed to get yourself a job in a poor economy; then, you don't get paid for a month. How do you budget all the usual bills with the added extra of travel (and possibly some new work clothes) on top? This sounds very sensible and will help people stay in work. Added to this, it is in wider society's interest to fund this as there will be fewer cars on the road if the cycling sticks, and fewer people claiming JSA if the person isn't late to work and so passes their probationary period. Both of these mean our taxes will be lower. The ignorance and idiocy in suggesting all those unemployed are drug-addled drunkards is staggering, ignorant and idiotic. Might I suggest theoutsider returns outside, crawls up inside in his copy of the Daily Mail and stews in his own bitter juices?
These kind of incentives are somewhat of a joke.

It's like telling a kid if he eats all his tea he can watch Power Rangers. Nothing more than a bribe.

Why a free bike, why not discounted bus pass for the first couple of months instead? No doubt these bikes will be recieved and within days find their way onto ebay or some other similar site.

Those who want to find work will find it, it's out there. The T&A lists 1422 jobs within 20miles of Bradford that need filling.

It's the same old rubbish, free laptops, free childcare, if you find yourself a job. Maybe a ban on Sky TV for the employed would cause the biggest catalyst for people getting off their behind.
1422 job postings is not 1422 jobs. Probably more like 250 jobs max.

What good would it do to ban Sky for the employed ?

I agree though, the bike idea is another daft government soundbite
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JAtkinson[/bold] wrote: Something being done to support somebody less fortunate is always unpopular with Das Kommentors on here but I'm actually surprised with the level of bilious, ill conceived vitriol on this story already. The scheme is to support people going back into work at a real financial stress point. Imagine if you'd been unemployed for any length of time, been on JSA for months or years, and finally managed to get yourself a job in a poor economy; then, you don't get paid for a month. How do you budget all the usual bills with the added extra of travel (and possibly some new work clothes) on top? This sounds very sensible and will help people stay in work. Added to this, it is in wider society's interest to fund this as there will be fewer cars on the road if the cycling sticks, and fewer people claiming JSA if the person isn't late to work and so passes their probationary period. Both of these mean our taxes will be lower. The ignorance and idiocy in suggesting all those unemployed are drug-addled drunkards is staggering, ignorant and idiotic. Might I suggest theoutsider returns outside, crawls up inside in his copy of the Daily Mail and stews in his own bitter juices?[/p][/quote]These kind of incentives are somewhat of a joke. It's like telling a kid if he eats all his tea he can watch Power Rangers. Nothing more than a bribe. Why a free bike, why not discounted bus pass for the first couple of months instead? No doubt these bikes will be recieved and within days find their way onto ebay or some other similar site. Those who want to find work will find it, it's out there. The T&A lists 1422 jobs within 20miles of Bradford that need filling. It's the same old rubbish, free laptops, free childcare, if you find yourself a job. Maybe a ban on Sky TV for the employed would cause the biggest catalyst for people getting off their behind.[/p][/quote]1422 job postings is not 1422 jobs. Probably more like 250 jobs max. What good would it do to ban Sky for the employed ? I agree though, the bike idea is another daft government soundbite bonoforpm
  • Score: 2

12:36pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Rambo says...

Once a job has been found, an amount should be taken out of their wage to pay for the bike with a view to owning it. Say, £5 a week? That's not an extortionate amount - seems more worthwhile IMO rather than just giving something for nothing, especially when public transport costs so much.
Once a job has been found, an amount should be taken out of their wage to pay for the bike with a view to owning it. Say, £5 a week? That's not an extortionate amount - seems more worthwhile IMO rather than just giving something for nothing, especially when public transport costs so much. Rambo
  • Score: 5

1:38pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Bikerbeardy says...

Unbelievable, there really are offices full of people dreaming up these mad ideas, only a small percentage of the unemployed are actively seeking employment, the rest seem to enjoy reaping the benifits
Unbelievable, there really are offices full of people dreaming up these mad ideas, only a small percentage of the unemployed are actively seeking employment, the rest seem to enjoy reaping the benifits Bikerbeardy
  • Score: 4

2:00pm Mon 21 Jul 14

allinittogether says...

Bikerbeardy wrote:
Unbelievable, there really are offices full of people dreaming up these mad ideas, only a small percentage of the unemployed are actively seeking employment, the rest seem to enjoy reaping the benifits
What %? 10, 20,30,40,50? Just pick a figure out of the air because you just made that nonsense up anyway.
[quote][p][bold]Bikerbeardy[/bold] wrote: Unbelievable, there really are offices full of people dreaming up these mad ideas, only a small percentage of the unemployed are actively seeking employment, the rest seem to enjoy reaping the benifits[/p][/quote]What %? 10, 20,30,40,50? Just pick a figure out of the air because you just made that nonsense up anyway. allinittogether
  • Score: -2

3:18pm Mon 21 Jul 14

vikksy says...

Give them a months bus pass NOT a bike for goodness sake. Jeeez
Give them a months bus pass NOT a bike for goodness sake. Jeeez vikksy
  • Score: 4

8:02pm Mon 21 Jul 14

bradford88 says...

They should give them the bike to borrow until they get there first wage or if they want to keep the bike let them buy the bike of them at a low price
They should give them the bike to borrow until they get there first wage or if they want to keep the bike let them buy the bike of them at a low price bradford88
  • Score: 5

9:31pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Toomanynewhouses says...

Encouraging the use of metro card great idea. Bikes total crackpot waste if money. It's hilly around here. In London or places where it's flat cycling maybe ok but here. Nutty waste of money
Encouraging the use of metro card great idea. Bikes total crackpot waste if money. It's hilly around here. In London or places where it's flat cycling maybe ok but here. Nutty waste of money Toomanynewhouses
  • Score: 2

9:48pm Mon 21 Jul 14

its only my view but.. says...

The metro do help with bus travel as well. From what I understand of the scheme these bikes are aimed more at those not on easy bus route (i.e. 3/4 changes) or starting an early shift when the buses aren't running yet. The bikes are all reconditioned and donated to metro so actually very little cost to the taxpayer. Just some labour costs for getting the bike 'road worthy' which I think metro cover. They also offer free cycle proficiency so people are safer on roads. All this is Metro being nice not Gov. bribing people.
The metro do help with bus travel as well. From what I understand of the scheme these bikes are aimed more at those not on easy bus route (i.e. 3/4 changes) or starting an early shift when the buses aren't running yet. The bikes are all reconditioned and donated to metro so actually very little cost to the taxpayer. Just some labour costs for getting the bike 'road worthy' which I think metro cover. They also offer free cycle proficiency so people are safer on roads. All this is Metro being nice not Gov. bribing people. its only my view but..
  • Score: -1

12:59am Tue 22 Jul 14

Class_War says...

Perhaps if I lived in Norfolk and was 25 years younger but cycling around the hills of West Yorkshire would finish me off!
Perhaps if I lived in Norfolk and was 25 years younger but cycling around the hills of West Yorkshire would finish me off! Class_War
  • Score: 1

1:02am Tue 22 Jul 14

Class_War says...

@Thee Voice of Reason
"I work my arse off and pay my taxes, can I have a free bike."

Yes, you can have mine, I certainly won't be using it!
@Thee Voice of Reason "I work my arse off and pay my taxes, can I have a free bike." Yes, you can have mine, I certainly won't be using it! Class_War
  • Score: 0

6:22pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Mik_e says...

Who in their right mind would ride a pedal cycle in Bradford. Standard of driving is terrible, no police to enforce the law, uninsured drivers etc etc?
Who in their right mind would ride a pedal cycle in Bradford. Standard of driving is terrible, no police to enforce the law, uninsured drivers etc etc? Mik_e
  • Score: 0

6:26pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Mik_e says...

*Don't replace expensive Chief Exec.
*Get rid of senior council officers, cost too much and do little.
*Increase efforts to collect outstanding council tax debts.
*Closely monitor and control Councillors expenses.
*Don't give free access to council leisure services to non UK nationals.
*Don't replace expensive Chief Exec. *Get rid of senior council officers, cost too much and do little. *Increase efforts to collect outstanding council tax debts. *Closely monitor and control Councillors expenses. *Don't give free access to council leisure services to non UK nationals. Mik_e
  • Score: 0

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