World class cyclist, Lizzie Armitstead paid a visit to Fearnville Bike Hub, the first Yorkshire Bank Bike Library in Leeds to see how this ground breaking initiative is helping the local community.
Since the launch in December 2014, community groups, charities and not for profit businesses from across Yorkshire have entered their applications for funding to set up a bike library.
Successful applicants will receive funding to support them to set-up a library which will see them become a point for people to borrow bikes free of charge. Fearnville Bike Hub Leeds BMX Club was one of the first successful applicants.
The objective of Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries is to offer people throughout the county, regardless of their circumstances, access to a bike.
Lizzie Armitstead, Commonwealth Gold Medallist said: "I think it's great that through the Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries people can get access to a bike. Cycling in Yorkshire is at an all-time high following on from the Tour de France and more recently the Tour de Yorkshire. I hope through this initiative people who in the past haven't had access to a bike will get out there and give it a go."
Jeremy Hayes, Director of Cycle Pathway (Fearnville Bike Hub), said: "We are delighted to be chosen as a Yorkshire Bank Bike Library. We have been involved in cycling in the community for a while and believe with the backing we have received we can create a multi discipline and all inclusive cycle hub for the people of Leeds."
Helen Page, Customer Experience, Products & Marketing Director at Yorkshire Bank, said: "We are delighted to support the Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries and seeing the first Bike Libraries start to materialise is fantastic. We look forward to them continuing to support local communities and help make cycling more accessible across Yorkshire."
The partnership with Yorkshire Bank and Welcome to Yorkshire follows the hosting of what has been described as the grandest of all Grand Départs of the Tour de France and the recent Tour de Yorkshire, and epitomises the bank's ‘We care about here' ethos.