Recycle your old cycle with Central Bedfordshire Council's Travel Choices team Photo by Eric Crawford on Unsplash

Donate your unwanted bike to help others

Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) is again calling for unwanted and outgrown bikes to be donated to their bike recycling scheme.

Donated bikes will be refurbished, made road-worthy and found new homes. The refurbished bikes are available to residents at low cost, or provided free to those on limited incomes.

Many of the recycled bikes are given to young people to get to school or college; unemployed people to travel to new jobs; as lifelines for those who are feeling isolated; or to help those who are recuperating to get fit again.

If you’re still spring cleaning and have a bike that you no longer use, take it along to Priory House, the council’s offices at Chicksands near Shefford, on Monday 24 June between 8am and 2pm.

Councillor Ian Dalgarno, executive member for Community Services at Central Bedfordshire Council, said:

“This is a fantastic recycling scheme which gives bikes to help others who may otherwise be unable to afford a bike.

“In many cases, these recycled bikes have changed lives; some have helped long-term unemployed people get back into work, and others have provided a source of transport and independence for children in care.

“We are always looking at different ways that we can reduce waste and encouraging residents to re-use and recycle is a great way to achieve this! We hope to see lots of resident and their bikes on 24 June.”

The Council’s last event, held in Ampthill on 20 April, collected 75 bikes. Many of the bikes have already been refurbished and made road-worthy through the recycling scheme. They are now ready to find proud new owners.

The project is run by Travel Choices, a CBC initiative funded by the Department for Transport’s “Access Fund”. It promotes walking, cycling and other forms of active and sustainable travel

If you have any questions about bike recycling or you’d like to get a list of the bikes currently available, email the Travel Choices team travelchoices@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk or call on 01582 813018.