Council And Travel Choices Help Residents Get On Their Bike

THE VINE MAGAZINE - LOCAL NEWS: An innovative scheme jointly run by Central Bedfordshire Council that sees unwanted or abandoned bikes ‘recycled’ to individuals and families in need, has collected a national award.

Council And Travel Choices Help Residents Get On Their Bike

Council And Travel Choices Help Residents Get On Their Bike

 

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An innovative scheme jointly run by Central Bedfordshire Council that sees unwanted or abandoned bikes ‘recycled’ to individuals and families in need, has collected a national award.

The Council’s Travel Choices team won the “Excellence in Cycling” category at the 2018 Modeshift National Sustainable Travel Awards for their part in this resourceful project, which provides low-cost bikes to those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford a new one. The scheme is run in partnership with Luton and Bedford Borough Council. So far, more than 300 bikes have been restored and given to thankful local residents since the scheme was launched in April 2017.

The project collects bikes from recycling centres, via public donations and from the police, which are then fully serviced and returned to a road-worthy condition. Children’s bikes are donated once children have completed their Bikeability cycle safety training at school. Money from the cycle sales is reinvested to cover running costs.

Council And Travel Choices Help Residents Get On Their Bike

Councillor Ian Dalgarno, Executive Member for Community Services at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “This is a great scheme which makes the most of unwanted items to help others who are less fortunate. These bikes enable the recipients to have free access to a fun, healthy and non-polluting mode of transport.

“Many of those who have obtained a bike through this scheme have gone on to access training, volunteering and paid work. They have also improved their fitness levels, mental health and enjoyed being outdoors, as well as having access to free sustainable transport. Participants in the scheme have reported that their self-esteem, motivation and overall lifestyle has now improved as a result. As well as the direct benefits to the individual, cycling also means healthier and safer streets, which in turn help to reduce CO2 emissions and improve air quality.”

A list of all the bikes available is accessible at the Travel Choices Hub in Ashton Square, Dunstable.

Residents can donate a bike to the project by emailing: TravelChoices@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk


 

The Vine Luton October / November 2018 - Issue 29  

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Council And Travel Choices Help Residents Get On Their Bike

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