Power of the pedal
STRUGGLING to get the kids out and about in the summer holidays?
Well now children in Middlesbrough can make the most of their break by borrowing a bike from one of the town’s ‘bike libraries’ – free of charge.
The Yorkshire Bank Bike Library scheme aims to give every child in the county access to a bike, and Middlesbrough is home to two libraries where you can drop in to borrow a cycle.
It is offering special guided rides and activities for children to get involved with during the holidays. You can borrow a bicycle from Middlesbrough Cycle Centre in Middlesbrough Bus Station and at Middlesbrough Environment City at Sandy Flatts Lane in Ack- lam, where you must call ahead.
If you’re venturing further afield, there are plenty of other bikes available to borrow in North Yorkshire – including one at Catterick Garrison near Richmond.
Anyone can donate a bike to the scheme, so if you think someone new can love your old bike, then visit bikelibraries.yorkshire.com for more information about where to find your local donation station – there are 58 across Yorkshire.
Once donated, the bikes are then fixed up and made available to loan.
Since the launch of the first Yorkshire Bank Bike Library in 2015, more than 41,000 opportunities to ride a bike have been given to children across Yorkshire.
All ready to cycle