Whitby to host bike recycling drive to get more wheels turning
Moves are under way to get the wheels turning on more bicycles in North Yorkshire - and it's coming to Whitby.
The GET reCYCLING campaign aims to put unused bikes back on the road.
The drive by North Yorkshire County Council and Yorwaste, the waste management company owned by the County Council and City of York Council, is in partnership with the Recycle Project Community Interest Company, Get Cycling Community Interest Company and Resurrection Bikes.
County Cllr Andrew Lee, Executive Member for Waste Management, said: “Cycling is good for our health and wellbeing, as well as supporting the environment and just being
"However, as bikes age or are outgrown, many end up in sheds, garages or backyards, no longer used.
"We want bikes to be used, so the GET reCYCLING campaign is about getting people back on their bikes or refurbishing and passing those bikes on so other people can use them.”
A series of roadshows will help people to deal with simple maintenance issues to get their bike road-ready again, or tell them how it can be reused if they no longer want it.
When the roadshow dates are taking place
Tuesday July 27: Whitby area market, between Sandgate and Church Street, 9am to 2pm
Sunday August 1: celebrating Yorkshire Day outside the Milton Rooms, Malton, noon to 4pm
Wednesday August 4: Northallerton Market, 10am to 2.30pm
Wednesday August 18: Knaresborough Market, 9am to 2pm
Friday August 20: promotional area outside Brown’s department store, 21 Davygate, York, 9am to 2pm
Monday August 23: Selby Market Cross, 9am to 2pm
Bike maintenance experts will be at the roadshows, so if you have a simple problem that they might be able to fix or advise on, take your bike along.
Alternatively, all household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) have an area to drop off old bikes – look out for the new signs.
Cllr Lee added: “If you have a bike at home that you or one of your family has outgrown, give it a new lease of life and let someone else benefit from it.
“It doesn’t matter about the condition or what type of bike it is, child’s or adult’s, BMX to old classic, we’d love to have it.
"Take it to any HWRC in York and North Yorkshire.
"The bikes will be passed toone of our partners, where any repairs and refurbishments will be carried out.
"They are then safety checked before being reused.”
The refurbished bikes help to make cycling accessible to more people, for leisure, commuting, health and to help the environment.