Donate, Borrow, Ride
Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries, in association with Cycle Yorkshire, make it simple for people to donate their old unwanted bikes for someone new to love your old bike. Now in its fourth year alongside the Tour de Yorkshire, Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries share the official sponsorship of the General Classification blue leader’s jersey with Yorkshire Bank.
Our simple vision is to make cycling more accessible for all ages and all ability levels - so far over 50,000 children and adults have benefited. We want to help all children in Yorkshire have access to a bike, free of charge.
In December 2017, we were very proud to win the Sport Simple Program of the Year category at the international Peace and Sport Awards.
To find out more information about the Bike Libraries, please click through to our new YBBL infographic here.
Changing lives through cycling
The Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries have a positive impact on all those who engage with the scheme. In some cases this affect is life changing and gives a new lease of life.
Find out more about Neil and Adele's life changing experiences with the Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries.
Bike Tip #1
Trying to keep your bike in good working order? Show your bike chain a little love - you'll by cycling better and for longer
Bike Tip #2
The secret to a smooth cycle is fully inflated tyres – they’ll be less prone to punctures.
Bike Tip #3
Pack a puncture repair kit with you, just in case. Riding a bike is much more fun than having to push one!
Bike Tip #4
Remember to keep hydrated even in cold weather - to avoid feeling too chilled, mix your drink with hot or warm water.
Bike Tip #5
Ding ding! Make sure your bike has a bell – the noise will let other cyclists, pedestrians and motorists know you are approaching.
Bike Tip #6
Keep your bike secure – u-locks are a better defence against thieves than cable locks.
Bike Tip #7
Dress bright when riding in low light – wear reflective clothing or use reflective tape to make yourself visible to others, especially at night.
Bike Tip #8
Signal like you mean it – use clear gestures and check for traffic early on so you have time to manoeuvre smoothly.
Bike Tip #9
Take your lights with you even if you set off in day light. It might be dark on your way back home.
You can donate any bike. It doesn’t need to be in working order – our team of mechanics will make repairs where necessary.
Nothing is wasted – we've already collected and repaired over 5,000 bikes that are now being ridden throughout the community. Use Cycle Yorkshire’s donation station map to find your local centre.
There’s an Enterprise Fund that can give financial and marketing assistance to any not-for-profit organisation. We’d be delighted to hear from schools, charities, existing groups offering bike taster sessions and also community projects. The first round of funding applications has successfully been awarded and the funds allocated will mean new Bike Libraries opening across the region.
Join our mailing list to make sure you know when the next round of funding is available.
If you’d like to borrow a bike, look for a Bike Library near you.
There’s nothing stopping you from getting back in the saddle, or from learning to cycle. Get in touch now and, no matter your age, you could soon be enjoying the freedom and healthy lifestyle a bike can give you.
The annual road race attracts some of the world’s best riders and we’re delighted this year to be the official sponsor of the General Classification blue leader’s jersey.