A "Highly Commended" Social Enterprise, Scarborough Business Awards 2015
Winner of "Inclusive Sport Award", Scarborough & District Sports Council 2015
The Duke of York's Community Initiative award winner 2017
Children and adults living in Scarborough and Ryedale have the chance to ride a bike for free thanks to the Coast and Dale Yorkshire Bank Bike Library which has opened at Basics Plus, in Salisbury Street, and offers free bike loans for children and families, as well as guided rides, bike skills sessions and bike maintenance courses.
It is run in partnership with Scarborough and Ryedale Community Cycling – a community interest company which offers inclusive cycling opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.
Through the scheme, old and unwanted bikes can be donated at donation stations (see below for locations). They are then repaired and restored by mechanics before being loaned out to children and families for free.
Rob Brown, manager at the Coast and Dale Bike Library, said: “I'm really excited that Scarborough and Ryedale Community Cycling is part of the Welcome to Yorkshire and Yorkshire Bank Bike Library scheme. This is a wonderful legacy of the Tour de Yorkshire and is truly a win/win project as it works on so many different levels.
“Firstly, it really works as a recycling programme - unused or outgrown bikes are given a new lease of life.
“Secondly, people who think they may like to try cycling can do so without having to go to the expense of buying a bike. If they enjoy the experience they will feel more confident about buying their own bike as they know what sort of bike they like to ride.
“Thirdly, anyone who needs a bike to get to and from work but isn't in a position to buy one just yet.
“And lastly, all those families who want to just get out in the fresh air and have some fun but either haven't got enough bikes for everyone or are unable to store bikes at home, we're there to help."
Bike Library Donation Stations: (click on link to visit website)
Basics Plus, Salisbury Street, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO12 4EH
01723 371335 (open 9.00am – 3.00pm)
Northstead Community Primary School, Maple Drive, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO12 6LP
01723 362249 (Term Time only, open 9.00am – 3.00pm)
Yorkshire Coast Sight Support, 183 Dean Road, Scarborough YO12 7JH
01723 354417 (open 10.00am – 3.00pm)
Alzheimer's Society, Unit 16 Ground Floor, Manor Court, Manor Garth, Eastfield, Scarborough, YO11 3TU
01723 500958 (open 10.00am – 3.00pm)
BikeAbout Filey, 4 Hope Street, Filey, North Yorkshire YO14 9DL
01723 518314 (open 9.00am – 3.00pm)
Eds Bikes, Barker Lane, Snainton, Scarborough YO13 9BD
01723 850598 (open 9.00am – 4.00pm)
Big Bear Bikes, Succours House, Southgate, Pickering YO18 8BL
01751 474220 (open 10.00am – 4.00pm)
Malton Community Primary School, Highfield Road, Malton, YO17 7DA
For more information visit bikelibraries.yorkshire.com or contact Rob via our "Contact Us" page.