Leeds City Council Bike Libraries

 

Each week in the lead up to the Tour De Yorkshire we’re shining the spotlight on some of the fantastic Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries located on or near this year’s race route. This week we’re taking a short hop down the road from stage two’s finish in Harrogate to Leeds, which is where the project started…

A beautiful sunny day in the summer of 2015 provided the perfect backdrop to launch the first ever Yorkshire Bank Bike Library in Leeds.

Professional cyclist and Team Sky rider David Lopez joined the staff and volunteers at Fearnville Leisure Centre to launch the scheme and show the local school children a thing or two on one of the library's newly reconditioned bikes.

Leeds

Since then, 38 bike libraries have launched across the county, giving more than 36,000 chances to ride a bike to children and families across Yorkshire.
Launched as a legacy of the Tour De France, it seems only fitting that Leeds, which hosted the spectacular start of the ‘grandest ever Grand Depart', is currently home to ten bike libraries.

Six of these are run by Leeds City Council in Moor Allerton, the One Stop Centre in Dewsbury Road, One Stop Centre in St George's Road, One Stop Centre in Armley, The Compton Centre and The Reginald Centre, with three more planned for Seacroft, Holt Park and Bramley.

Leeds City Council's Community Hub Manager, Nick Hart, says: "The scheme has gone absolutely brilliantly - everybody that hears about the bike libraries scheme says how great they think it is.

"We initially received funding for four bike libraries but we stretched this to six because the appetite was there. Having them in normal libraries has really helped, as people can not only borrow a book but borrow a bike at the same time.

"People can borrow them for a couple of weeks at a time - we've had one guy borrowing one every week so he can cycle to work, so it's a really valuable scheme.
"We're looking forward to opening our three new libraries over the next few weeks."


 
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Number of Donation Stations
122
Number of Bike Libraries
150
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