Free of charge bikes will be available for people of all ages to borrow from a network of Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries across the county, it has been announced today.
People across Yorkshire are being asked to donate old or unwanted bikes to be fixed and ready for people to borrow. The aim of the Bike Libraries is to give everyone, regardless of their circumstances, access to a bike - particularly children.
Yorkshire Bank has signed up to support the Cycle Yorkshire initative for three years, with the project pitched as part of the Grand Depart legacy to get more people cycling in the region.
Five time winner of the Tour de France Bernard Hinault, Yorkshire's own Brian Robinson, the first Brit to win a stage of the Tour de France, and Leed's Commonwealth medallist Scott Thwaites took part in the media launch today.
Helen Page, Yorkshire Bank Customer Experience & Marketing Director, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Cycle Yorkshire to launch the new Bike Libraries initiative. At Yorkshire Bank we’re committed to supporting the local community and we hope, through this wonderful scheme, more people will be able to enjoy the benefits of cycling.”
Bernard Hinault said: “The Tour in Yorkshire was incredible. I have never seen so many people out supporting the riders and it shows the passion for cycling here. That’s why this project is so important, as it can give our next generation the chance to experience cycling. I’d encourage anyone who can help to do so.”
Scott Thwaites, who rides for one of the top cycling teams, Netapp-Endura, said: “I think people always remember their first bike or the first time they hopped on a saddle. For many it’s the start of lifelong enjoyment but not everyone’s fortunate enough to have access to a bike – hopefully this project will change that.”
Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, who came up with the idea said: “I’m delighted that Yorkshire Bank shares our passion for helping everyone in Yorkshire to have access to a bike. They’re turning this dream into a reality and we need the public to help us do the same by donating bikes that perhaps have been sat in a garage gathering dust.”