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Mike is a community worker who likes working with bikes. As the owner of the social enterprise USEFUL He worked with a local insurance broker to develop policy coverage to support a team of up and coming bike mechanics working in schools, community centres and workplaces. USEFUL aim to leave the world with better more durable bikes, and many more people who know how to maintain their ride. USEFUL is all about sharing knowledge and growing the uptake of cycling. We want young people, older people, and families to develop confidence, road awareness, and readiness for a lifetime of cycling. Keep an eye out for us on a bikeway near you.

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