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Local Groups Encouraged to Bid For Funding to Set Up Scarborough Bike Library



Local community groups, charities and not for profit businesses are being encouraged to bid for funding to set up a Bike Library in Scarborough.

The campaign is part of an ambitious scheme set up between Yorkshire Bank and Welcome to Yorkshire to create the country’s first ever network of bike libraries.

Successful applicants will receive funding to support them to set-up a local library, a place where people can borrow a bike for free.

The hope is that people throughout the county, regardless of their circumstances, will have access to a bike and will be able to borrow it for a day or even several months.

 The public are being asked to donate old or unwanted bikes at a number of donation stations already established across the county. Donated bikes that need repairing will then be made safe and ready to ride.

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, who came up with the idea said:

"This is a great opportunity to give community organisations and those passionate about cycling a helping hand to make a difference, and in turn expand this ground-breaking project to give young people access to a bike."

Helen Page, Customer Experience, Products & Marketing Director at Yorkshire Bank, said:

"We are delighted to work with Cycle Yorkshire to set up the Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries Enterprise Fund, which will help community groups, not for profit businesses and charities to establish bike libraries. We look forward to seeing the bike libraries support local communities and help make cycling more accessible in Yorkshire."

The partnership with Yorkshire Bank follows the hosting of what has been described as the grandest of all Grand Départs of the Tour de France, and epitomises the bank’s 'We care about here' ethos.

Information on the project and donation station locations can be found at www.bikelibraries.co.uk

Main Image: Yorkshire Bank employees getting behind the Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries scheme at the company’s headquarters in Leeds.

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