LONDON’S BIKE SHED MCC has mobilised its motorcycle community to help out during the Covid-19 pandemic.
When The Bike Shed was forced to close its doors they decided to create a volunteer riders’ group to provide free courier-style services to the NHS and other organisations.
Members use their bikes to collect PPE parts for assembly and deliver assembled PPE gear to frontline healthcare workers, along with food, medicine and NHS lung-capacity testing kits, to see which people might be better off in hospital than at home.
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Indian Motorcycles offered to cover the cost of services and provided two bikes with full luggage for anyone who could make good use of them.
The Bike Shed sourced a mobile app from developer Gophr which repurposed its commercial courier app free of charge.
The app collects riders’ details with full safeguarding and legal checks, and tracks jobs for the pickup and delivery clients.
The Bike Shed volunteers are working with Team Rubicon UK and the government and British Red Cross to coordinate tasks.
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