A NORTH YORKSHIRE military airbase is putting unwanted bikes back on the road this summer though the Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries scheme.
More than 35 bikes were donated to the project by personnel at RAF Leeming in a bid to give more people in Yorkshire access to bikes.
The bikes will now be repaired by a team of volunteers at local donation centres, including Catterick Garrison, and made available to hire free of charge.
Corporal Steve Gratton, based at RAF Leeming, is one of the bike mechanic volunteers involved in the project. He said: "The Yorkshire Bank Bike Library is excellent way of encouraging people in Yorkshire to become more active and enjoy cycling. The scheme takes bicycles of any condition that have been donated by members of the public and turns them around to provide free bicycles on a temporary loan basis to anyone who requires them.
"My involvement with scheme came through the British Cycling Go-Ride Cycle Club run at the Army Welfare Service at Catterick Garrison where I volunteer as a coach and cycle mechanic which has become the first bike donation centre in the scheme in North Yorkshire. This new initiative at Catterick has received many donations and is looking to be in a position to start lending its first cycles in time for the school summer holidays."
The Cycle Yorkshire project, which is sponsored by Yorkshire Bank, was launched as a legacy of the Tour de France and Tour de Yorkshire and aims to give every child in Yorkshire access to a bike.
Mr Chris Poole, RAF Leeming Station Environmental Adviser and cycling enthusiast, organised collection of the bikes after learning about the project. He said: "I think it's a really important scheme as it will enable lots more people to enjoy the benefits of cycling throughout Yorkshire and it's a positive way to reduce waste to landfill and encourage the re-use and recycling of bikes and components. It's great that RAF Leeming can help contribute as we had the Tour of Yorkshire pass through Northallerton and Thirsk this year and we have lots of keen cyclists both service personnel and civilians."