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Ride for free

Borrow a bike for free with Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries.

Bicycles are transforming lives across the county and it’s all thanks to an initiative which was a legacy from the Grand Départ 2014 (when the Tour de France started off in Leeds, West Yorkshire). Funded by Yorkshire Bank, the initiative asks for old bikes to be donated so voluntary teams can recondition them and lend them to anyone who, for whatever reason, doesn’t have a bike of their own. The aim of the bike libraries is simple - to give every child in Yorkshire access to a bike, regardless of their circumstances. And since launching in December 2014, the scheme is well on its way to fulfilling that goal. In just over two years, more than 70,000 chances to ride a bike have been offered to children and over 6,000 bikes have been donated through the scheme. So far, over 60 bike libraries and 50 donation stations have also been set up around the county. Bike libraries have sprung up across Yorkshire, from Middlesbrough to Sheffield and can be found in church halls, schools, business premises, community centres and charities. It’s clear that each bike library is different, but they all work in the same way – taking old or unwanted bikes, repairing them, and making them ready for people to borrow, free of charge.

The Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries are winners of the ‘Sport Simple’ programme of the year 2017 at the prestigious Peace and Sport awards.

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Even the most unloved bike can be brought back to life, and really damaged ones are often used for parts or training mechanics. The bike libraries do receive a lot of bikes which are in perfect condition and these go straight out to libraries for a safety check then straight to a child. If you would consider donating an old bike, please have a look at the website where you can find a map and list of all donation stations. Go to bikelibraries.co.uk to find your nearest Bike Library and come and give cycling a go!

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