Health care providers cycle safely with Fiets!
Since health care providers are doing everything they can to deal with the consequences of the coronavirus, Fiets! wants to return the favour. The specialist bicycle shop repairs the bicycles of 140 health care providers at Woonzorgkoepel Rivierenland in Mechelen free of charge. Fiets! not only wants to take its social responsibility, but also wants to make sure that health care providers can travel safely by bike in this demanding period.
Repairs on site
Like all other Colruyt Group non-food stores, Fiets! is also forced to close its doors for now. "Now that public transport is delicate, people are cycling more. But precisely now, we can no longer service bikes", says business unit manager Wim Teerlynck. However, Wim and his team did not throw in the towel and thought of a maintenance solution for people who need it most: health care providers. "Everyone immediately thought it was a great idea to take care of repairs on site in order to hearten the co-workers of Woonzorgkoepel Rivierenland."
Cycling safely in times of corona
"Repairing and servicing 140 bicycles is quite a job. For this reason, the Fiets! maintenance team organised a temporary bike repair shop at three assisted-living centres in Mechelen for three days", says Wim. Technician Silke is part of the team: "We have three temporary workshops in which we work with our own equipment. First, we thoroughly disinfect the bicycles. After that, we repair and service them. And before we return them, we thoroughly disinfect them again. In this way, we can keep cycling in times of corona safe, and I am happy to contribute."
Health care takers are not alone
The co-workers of Woonzorgkoepel Rivierenland welcome the initiative. A psychotherapist confirms: "Moving is important during quarantine. Thanks to this service, we can keep cycling. This action is a boost for all of us. It does us a power of good." These are emotional times for many health care providers. With the help of Fiets!, we want to show them they are not alone. It is our way to work toward a warmer society step by step.
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