A Fox Valley shop has launched a Bike Library scheme in Stocksbridge, with the aim of getting more people into cycling.
It requires donations of old bikes which may no longer be used or in need of repair, which are then refurbished and made available for people to borrow.
The “library” is a refurbished shipping container which has been fitted with bike hooks and coated with wooden panels.
The scheme is designed to allow locals access to bikes which they may normally not have had.
The initiative is backed by Yorkshire Bank and Welcome to Yorkshire, and has been set up in Fox Valley to secure a legacy from the Tour de Yorkshire, which is finishing its three-day route in Stocksbridge this Sunday.
Beverly Lucas from Full Gas Bikes is tasked with maintaining the library, and says it is important to get people into cycling.
“It’s basically an opportunity more than anything else. I think the draw for Bike Library for Fox Valley is that it’s a community spirit thing. Yorkshire people love cycling, whether they ride or not. We are trying to pull people in who may not have access to bikes.” she said.
Tony Gibb owns the shop and is a former Commonwealth Bronze medallist in cycling, and is hoping the scheme will allow more people to get into the sport.
He said: “We couldn’t be happier to help our local community recycle their old bikes so that they can be reused by lots of newcomers to cycling, and with the finish of the Tour of Yorkshire literally in our back yard, the timing couldn’t be any better.”
Welcome to Yorkshire are working in partnership with Cycle Yorkshire, and CEO Sir Gary Verity said: “The Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries is a truly unique scheme launched as a legacy of the Tour de France and Tour de Yorkshire, designed to give every child in Yorkshire access to a bike, regardless of their circumstances.”
Fox Valley is hosting the finish of the Tour de Yorkshire, which starts tomorrow in Bridlington, North Yorkshire and finishes in Stocksbridge.
It is the third year that the Tour de Yorkshire has taken place, and the first time that is has been through Sheffield.