New lease of life for Leeds’s bikes

BESPOKE SERVICE: Charity is getting old bikes back into usage.
BESPOKE SERVICE: Charity is getting old bikes back into usage.
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Leeds residents have emptied their sheds to donate more than 80 bikes to disadvantaged children this Christmas.

The Works Skatepark Charity reached out to the city for bike donations to include in their Christmas bike programme.

The programme will present disadvantaged young people living in Leeds with a refurbished bicycle for Christmas.

As part of the package, the charity will be providing the young people with training and sessions in bike maintenance.

Elliott Turnbull, chief executive of The Works Skatepark charity, said: “This project will have ripple effects City wide and provide everyone involved with a sense of pride for where they live.

“This time of year can be really difficult for some families so hopefully this Christmas package will make it that little less of a struggle.”

The young people will also have access to the charity’s indoor skatepark and gain qualifications in bike skills.

Leeds residents donated bikes for a range of ages from two year olds to 25 year olds.

The aim of the project is to get more and more people involved in being active, as well as helping create and greener mode of transport for possible employment opportunities.

The Works charity is involved with the council’s Child Friendly Leeds project and are working with the council to ensure all bikes donated find a new home.

Coun Judith Blake, executive member for children and families said: “This year’s Tour de France starting in Leeds provided a real boost for cycling and I am sure that this project will help ensure the legacy of such a fantastic event.

“This programme is a fantastic example of a Leeds based organisation doing something really innovative to help others and I am sure it will make a real difference to children across the city.”

In October, the charity received a nomination for the child friendly Leeds awards 2015 in the category ‘Best Place for Children and Young People in Leeds’.


A similar scheme was launched in Leeds by Cycle Yorkshire last Friday.

Building on the legacy of the Tour de France Grand Depart, held in July, the country’s first ever network of bike libraries was been launched to allow donated bikes to be repaired and renovated and made available for people of all ages to borrow free of charge.

The scheme has been backed by Leeds cyclist Scott Thwaites, who picked up a bronze medal in the road race at this year’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Five-time winner of the Tour de France Bernard Hinault is also supporting the scheme, which he said was a chance for the next generation to experience cycling.