was started from an idea from a young Ashton lad called Carl Davies.
He renovated an old cycle, sold it and then told the local Police,
who were so impressed with Carl's initiative that premises were
found and Trevor Barraclough , a local youth leader, was brought
in to run the project. The local young people helped develop the
workshop and were rewarded with an "earn a bike" scheme.
An immediate outcome was that local bike crime was greatly reduced,
which was a catalyst to the project receiving more funding and support
from local authorities.
was obtained through Ashton Renewal, Tameside Youth Service, St.
Peters partnership, Greater Manchester Police and other local bodies
to run the scheme to refurbish bikes on a Friday evening and Saturday
morning. As well as fixing bikes the Cycl~Ops as it became known
used the sessions to pass on information on first aid, map reading
and other topics. The young people attending used to sessions to
obtain the "Youth Achievement Award" , which required
60 hours of activities. The YAA has four levels of awards, ranging
from Bronze for taking part ,up to Platinum if you take on a leadership
or peer education role.
refurbished bikes are unclaimed stolen bikes donated by the Police
and donated to local people and some to other countries as part
of a culture experience for Ashton youngsters.
also attracts support for young girls under the Healthy Living Project.
With fitness and active lifestyle high on the government's agenda
on health, Ashton girls are well catered for by the project.
achievements include winning the local heat of the "Make a
Difference" award run by Greater Manchester Police.
makes Cycl~Ops different is the modern styling as shown above, where
there is a chill out area for refreshments or carrying non bike
have moved on to new premises and are now run by the Youth Service
with Trevor running most of the sessions. His is assisted by 3 part
time workers to deliver bike related sessions to a variety of groups
of different ethnic backgrounds.
well as refurbishing bikes, some going to Africa, Cyclops provides
cycle rides locally and into the nearby Peak District. They also
run residential trips to Wales.