Bike library opens in Addingham

Bike library opens in Addingham

Published at 8:53am 10th June 2016. (Updated at 8:54am 10th June 2016)

It's hoped more people will be getting on their bikes in Addingham, thanks to a project originally set up off the back of the Tour de France.

A new 'Bike Library' has opened, one of 8 recently set up in Yorkshire.

The project sees unwanted bikes donated at one of the county's 42 Donation Stations, where they are then fixed up and available to hire free of charge.

Since the launch of the first Bike Library last year, more than 13,300 chances to ride a bike have been offered to children and around 3,500 bikes have been donated.

Helen Page, Propositions and Marketing Director at Yorkshire Bank, said: "We are delighted to support the set-up of additional Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries across the county.

"Giving more children an opportunity to have access to a bike is something we feel passionately about."

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: "We launched the Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries with the aim of giving every child in Yorkshire access to a bike, and the opening of these new Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries will help to bring us ever closer to that goal.

"I am thrilled to see how successful the Bike Libraries have become since the very first one opened in Leeds last year, and I hope they will continue to inspire and excite young people across the county."

Pictured: British cyclist Adam Yates

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