Teignmouth lifeboat crew get on their bikes for work
MEMBERS of Teignmouth lifeboat crew have received re-cycled bicycles to help them respond to emergency call outs more quickly.
Ride-On Cycling For All — a volunteer organisation which refurbishes bikes for good causes — has given seven bicycles to volunteers at Teignmouth lifeboat station to help them beat traffic queues when responding to call outs.
The Teignmouth lifeboat crew carry out more than 40 rescues every year and the cycles will help the crew negotiate the bustling streets and get to the lifeboat station swiftly.
Ride-On Cycling For All collects donated bicycles and repairs them, making them available for schoolchildren to embark on Bikeality cycle training.
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Nicola Taylor, a crew member at Teignmouth, said: "We have to launch the lifeboat within five minutes if it's a life or death shout and having the bikes will be really helpful."
Teignbridge Council has provided free use of a seafront store for the bikes where they can be kept and repaired.
Teignbridge Community and Voluntary Services helped turn the idea into a functioning charity – with funding advice and development assistance.