Days Out: Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries

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With the summer holidays fast approaching and the heatwave encouraging everyone to enjoy the great outdoors, now’s the perfect time to get on your bike.

Cycling is a fantastic way to explore our magnificent county and its many attractions, and Yorkshire’s stunning and diverse countryside offers so many routes and trails.

But don’t worry if you haven’t got a bike yourself, because the Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries scheme offers children in Yorkshire the chance to use a cycle - and what’s more, it’s absolutely free.

It’s simple: go to one of the 45 bike libraries across Yorkshire and borrow a set of wheels

The libraries aren’t just a collection point, because many of them are run by local cycling enthusiasts who can give ideas for bike routes and even organise bike riding lessons and activity days.

The scheme was set up as a legacy of the Tour de Yorkshire with the aim of giving every child in Yorkshire access to a bike.

And since it began less than three years ago, Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries have opened all over Yorkshire – from Middlesbrough to Catterick Garrison to Scarborough to Hull to Leeds to Sheffield.

So wherever you are, you’re never far from a free bike.

To find out where your nearest bike library is, whether it’s close to home or at a location you’re visiting and want to explore on two wheels, visit http://bikelibraries.yorkshire.com.

What are you waiting for? Pack your picnic, some suncream and get pedalling.

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Let someone new love your old bike. Even if they are broken or a little worse for wear, we will repair and recycle the bikes you donate, helping them find a new home in the community.

There are so many benefits to you donating any old or unloved bikes.

For more information about the bike locations and the schemes, visit http://bikelibraries.yorkshire.com

For routes and trails to explore on your bike visit Yorkshire.com.

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