Council encourages parents to visit Halfords after Veggie Run app bikes labelled ‘dangerous’

PUBLISHED: 17:00 25 July 2018

Almost 70 children have been awarded new bikes for playing the council-created app Veggie Run.

Almost 70 children have been awarded new bikes for playing the council-created app Veggie Run.

Havering Council

Bikes awarded to children for using the council’s new healthy lifestyle app have been labelled “dangerous” by a parent.

A 50-year-old dad, who wishes to remain anonymous, was one of many who was delighted when his daughter was presented with a brand new bike after being entered into a prize draw for taking part in Havering Council’s Veggie Run app which launched in April.

But after the presentation took place at Havering Town Hall where 70 children received their bikes, he instantly thought it didn’t look right.

“As soon as I saw it I knew something was wrong, it didn’t look normal to me”, he said.

“I took it to Halfords to get it sorted and they said I was the fifth parent to get their child’s bike from the council checked out.

“It’s a great idea to get children to live healthier lives but there’s no point if the bikes are dangerous.”

The Veggie Run app was created by the local authority to encourage children to eat healthier and to target childhood obesity in the borough.

When Havering Council ordered the bikes, the retail giant instructed council officers that the handlebars would need to be straightened and pedals attached once they were delivered but changes were not made to several of them.

In response, a Havering Council spokeswoman said the local authority would encourage any parent with concerns to visit the store to make sure the bikes are “properly and safely to suit every child”.

A Halfords spokesman said: “We have been building and selling bikes for over 100 years and the safety and quality of our bikes is very important to us.

“We understand there have been some problems making sure this happened correctly so we have offered to help out by checking bikes on an individual basis at our Romford shop and arranging for a colleague to inspect all the bikes in order to make sure they are ready to ride. If anyone is worried about one of these or any other bike, all of our stores offer a free bike safety check.”

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