Recycled bikes help to get kids cycling safely

Recyke y’bike have been working with Newcastle City Council to provide a pool of 14 bikes to be used in the city’s Bikeability program for children who don’t have their own bikes.

It’s fantastic to be able to put donated bikes to such good use. Several schools had been in touch with Recyke y’bike over the past few months requesting bikes to borrow for Bikeability as many pupils don’t have their own and were missing out. We contacted the council to see if there was a more strategic approach that we could take to help as we were struggling to store and transport bikes to individual schools. We decided to create a pool of refurbished bikes which the Bikeability team will store and transport to sessions enabling everyone to take part.

Bikeability teaches children the practical skills and understanding on how to cycle, giving them confidence for all kinds of cycling. It’s delivered and offered to schools in Newcastle. Cllr Arlene Ainsley, cabinet member for transport and air quality at Newcastle City Council, said: “Bikeability sessions are all about equipping children with the skills and knowledge they need to be confident and safe cyclists.

“I’m delighted that more pupils will be able to benefit from this training thanks to this fantastic support from Recyke y’Bike.”new bikes