Donate, Borrow, Ride
Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries, in association with Cycle Yorkshire, are enabling people to donate their old unused cycles. Let someone new love your old bike by donating at one of over 60 donation stations across Yorkshire.
The donated bikes are being made available for people to borrow from almost 50 Bike Libraries across Yorkshire. So far, there have been over 55,000 opportunities to borrow a bike and 5,500 bikes donated, and has received international acclaim by winning a Peace and Sports Award (see below). The scheme aims to make cycling more accessible for all ages and all ability levels and thousands of kids have already benefited as part of the Cycle Yorkshire legacy of the Tour de Yorkshire (TdY).
We continue into the fourth year of the TdY sharing the official sponsorship of the general classification blue jersey between Yorkshire Bank and Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries.
Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries wins international award Sport Simple Programme of the Year at the annual Peace and Sport Awards, December 2017
See some of our favourite bike library moments from this year’s tour including clips with Thomas Voeckler, 2016 TdY champion, and Dean Downing, former UK champion. The Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries sponsored stage 3 of Tour de Yorkshire helping us spread the great work the bike libraries does. We were also the official partner of the green sprinter jersey.
The Bike Libraries are made up of donated bikes, forming a network of cycles that are free to hire. The bikes are repaired, given some TLC in preparation for the community to use. All the bikes are different so you should be able to find one that suits you. It’s a great way to have fun and stay healthy.
Find out more about Bike Libraries.
World class cyclist, Lizzie Armitstead paid a visit to Fearnville Bike Hub, to see how this ground breaking initiative is helping the local community.
There are a number of ways to get involved and support this great initiative.
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 hundreds of 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.