In my spare time, I cycle with four of my equally ageing (with slightly expanding middles) friends. We call ourselves the BBOBs – (Big Boys on Bikes). Sunday mornings are often spent battling around the spectacular Yorkshire countryside, interspersed with the mandatory butty and coffee stops!
I’m also actively involved with Variety, the Children’s Charity, which supports disabled and disadvantaged children throughout the UK.
So, when I was invited by Welcome to Yorkshire to become a member of their Steering Committee for the Yorkshire Bank Bike Library scheme, it was no-brainer.
The Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries in association with Cycle Yorkshire has been set up as a cycling legacy project building on the hugely successful 2014 Yorkshire Grand Départ. Its aim is to ensure that every child in the region has access to a bike.
Here’s how it works. The people of Yorkshire donate their old, unwanted bikes (I have several at home gathering dust) to one of the many Donation Stations set up around the county. These bikes will then be refurbished by approved Bike Library charities and community groups and made available to children of all abilities and generations. Even if they are broken or a little worse for wear, they will be repaired and recycled, so any bike donated will find a new home in the community. Nothing is wasted and each bike will be fully safety checked before it hits the road.
Through my work at Variety, I often see disabled and disadvantaged children totally elated when they receive material things that many of us and our children take for granted. Cycling is a good example of this, and an activity that every child should be able to experience. So come on Yorkshire folk, dig out your bikes. We can all make a difference.
Header image courtesy of http://cycle.yorkshire.com/bikelibraries/enterprise-fund