Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the North
3:02 PM 29th July 2020

Co-op Offers Free Water And Bike Repair Kits For Those Keeping Fit On Two Wheels

Central England Co-op is opening its stores up to people hopping on two wheels to try and get fit.

One of the new bike areas installed at Central England Co-op.
One of the new bike areas installed at Central England Co-op.
The retailer, which has over 262 stores across 16 counties, has outlined a range of free services that bikers and walkers can access in its shops as they take on board Government advice to get fit post lockdown by trying out cycling.

Cyclists can enjoy free water refills, charging points for their phones, indoor and outdoor seating and customer toilets when they stop off at selected Central England Co-op stores, while free bike repair kits are also available at all stores.

Cyclists are also able to leave their bikes safe and secure as all shops have bike racks outside for their use.

Debbie Robinson, Central England Co-op Chief Executive, said:
“As a co-operative, our communities are always at the heart of all our decisions, especially during these uncertain times.

“This is why we wanted to make sure we are there for people choosing to cycle to help keep fit.

“Cyclists can nip into one of our stores and enjoy free access to all different kinds of support from customer toilets and water refills to special charging points and special store bike repair kits.”

The retailer has also started rolling out a specialist feature at some of its new sites, a public use bicycle repair station.

Colleagues at the Society can also apply to take advantage of the Cycle to Work scheme, which allows people heavily discounted bikes to get to work.

People can find their nearest store by visiting or visit to find out about its local community to the Coronavirus pandemic.