Park Tool has announced Recyke y’bike Newcastle as one of its fourth annual Community Tool Grant winners.
The Park Tool Community Tool Grant programme started in 2016 as a way to help local non-profit organisations from all over the globe with tools and kit to help them “make a difference in their communities”. The ten winners each receive over $1,400 worth of tools, repair stands and kit.
One of this year’s winners, and the first ever in the UK, is Recyke y’bike in Newcastle-upon Tyne, an organisation committed to helping the community through four main goals:
– To develop the skills and improve quality of life of people experiencing social or economic disadvantages in the North East of England.
– To improve the health of the public by promoting cycling and making it affordable.
– To advance the education of all ages of the public in the safe use, re-use and maintenance of bicycles.
– The protection and preservation of the environment for the public benefit by saving bicycles from landfill and promoting bicycle re-use and recycling.
“It has been great to look back and see how our past Community Tool Grant winners have benefitted from the tools we’ve provided and all the people they’ve helped with properly working bicycles,” said Eric Hawkins, Park Tool’s president and chief mechanic. We’ve been blown away each year reading the stories and applications. There are so many deserving organisations doing such wonderful work out there and we’re proud to be able to help in this way.”
As well as Recyke y’bike, nine other winners have been chosen, and the list can be viewed on Park Tool’s website. Applications for the 2020 programme will open again in autumn this year.