When people think of York, they might think of Vikings, Romans or even chocolate. The hope is that as of next year, people will also think: bike. As part of the legacy of Yorkshire hosting le Grand Depart of the Tour de France in July 2014, the University of York and City of York Council have set up a new Bike Bank at York Sport Village to give children access to free bicycles. The hope is that York could be the first city in the UK where every child has access to a bike – how cool is that?
Children aged five to twelve can borrow bikes for periods of up to three months. What’s more, the new one-kilometre cycle circuit at York Sport village is available for use by children on Bike Bank bikes from 12 to 1pm on Saturdays so they can practice in a car-free environment. Note that parents will have to confirm that the child has completed cycling proficiency or Bikeability training and that their child will wear a helmet. If you’d like to hire a bike, book in advance through York Sport’s website or by calling 01904 325 751.
To make all this work, the Bike Bank needs lots of bikes! They’re asking the public to donate unwanted bikes which will then be serviced and made available to the community to borrow free of charge. So if you’ve got any bikes lying around that aren’t used anymore, why not take them along to the Bike Bank at York Sport any Saturday from 10am to 12 noon?
The Bike Bank, York Sport Village, University of York – Open for donations and collections on Saturdays from 10am to 12 noon.