Interview with Amir Miah

Chief Executive of 'Your BIKE’

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Our roving journalist, Ian met with Amir from Your BIKE a new shop in Chrisp Street Market:

SI!: What is ‘your BIKE’?
AM: ‘Your BIKE’ is a youth-led social enterprise. ‘your BIKE’ provides training and employment opportunities for young people and young adults. This training results in a professional cycle mechanic accreditation at the national industry standard

SI!: What does the scheme do?
AM: We run projects for local young people around cycle maintenance. In the past we have donated over 20 bicycles to participants in the enterprise. Every Saturday we offer our customers the chance to use some of our basic tools with assistance from a mechanic. We also offer a free full bike check

SI!: What do you like about Poplar?
AM: We like the community spirit in Chrisp Street, we want to be part of it and it seems we are fitting in well.

SI!: What do you think could be improved?
AM: We would like to see more positive groups like us in the area. Groups that work with young people increasing their skills and self esteem.

SI!: Where would you hope to see Poplar in five years time?
AM: We would like to see Chrisp Street with lots of new shops, lots of different shops and a vibrant clean environment

SI!: If you could have money to invest in Poplar where would you like to go?
AM: I would like to use what funds there were to support young people trying to set up their own ventures in the area

SY!: What is your favourite place in Poplar?
AM: I really enjoy riding my bike down the river Lea

SI!: Can you think of a slogan for Poplar?
AM: ‘Peddle Power for Poplar’

SI!: Is there any one group or individual in Poplar that you admire?
AM: The group I admire most are the young people I work with on the project. It is an honour to be part of their journey.

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A big thank you to Zeph Mendoza, Emran Miah and Amir of ‘your BIKE’ for talking to me. ‘your BIKE’ supporters include Camden Council, ‘Some where to…’ Metropolitan Police, UnLtd and Poplar HARCA. For more details call 07506 929689 (yourbikecic@gmail.com) Or tweet on @yourbikecic.