Hassocks Cycle Hire scheme is set to expand in New Year

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Hassocks Community Cycle Hire (HCCH) is looking to expand with a new building on Hassocks Station.

The building, which is expected to open in the spring, is to have improved storage, workspace and administrative facilities and will be used in addition to the existing HCCH hut in the grounds of The Hassocks pub.

The local enterprise hires mountain bikes with the aim of attracting eco-tourism to the South Downs National Park as well as having a bike servicing operation serving the local community.

Improvements at Hassocks will increase cycle storage capacity and security and reflect Southern Railway’s move to expand cycling facilities along its network.

The train operator is building a new cycle hub at Brighton station providing shower and changing facilities, a bike shop, café, cycle repair outlet and bike hire, as well as storage for 500 bikes.

There are similar, scaled down facilities at Haywards Heath, Worthing and Chichester.

Colin Wilsdon, who was instrumental in setting up HCCH, said: “Cycling is on an upward trend with more journeys for transport and leisure being made every year and we are delighted to be a part of that.”

For more details visit: www.hassockscommunitycyclehire.com