A CTC event to promote the growing number of cycle recycling schemes in the UK has been given a £1m grant from the Department for Transport. The two-week Big Bike Revival will be staged 23rd May to 7th June. The CTC event will "help people cycle more safely and with confidence by giving them the skills to fix and maintain their bikes," said the DfT.
Transport Minister Robert Goodwill said:
"We are serious about getting people on their bikes – cycling is great for our health and means less congested cities and less pollution.
CTC chief executive Paul Tuohy said:
"CTC wants to encourage as many people as possible to fall back in love with cycling and experience all the benefits, health and economic, it brings. Knowing so many bikes are lying dormant gathering dust in people’s homes, the Big Bike Revival aims to bring them back to life and give people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities the incentive they need to reengage with cycling.
"The minister’s backing is a sign of the level of importance that the Department for Transport is placing on getting people back into the saddle, for which we are enormously grateful."
Cycle recycling entres recycle second-hand bikes to get them back on the road. The Big Bike Revival events will help give people the basic mechanical skills needed to fix and maintain their bikes.
CTC believes the event will "catalyse 50,000 people into making the shift from car to bike.
Industry-funded website BikeHub.co.uk has a list of 75+ cycle recycling schemes around the country.