R-evolution - Pocklington

 

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 who are located on this year’s race route. First up it’s Pocklington Community Junior School in East Yorkshire…

Since its launch in spring last year, the Yorkshire Bank Bike Library at Pocklington Community Junior School has gone from strength to strength.

AIMG_0771 - 20 x 20s one of four bike libraries opened by the East Yorkshire charity R-evolution, it has helped dozens of children discover the joy of riding a bike. They've also been taught vital bike safety skills and bike maintenance.
The scheme sees old and unwanted bikes donated to R-evolution where they are repaired by offenders and ex-offenders from Humber Prison, teaching them vital skills, enabling them to break the cycle of re-offending and gain employment.

These bikes are then donated to local schools, like Pocklington Community Junior School, where they are loaned out for free to children who don't have a bike of their own.

Thanks to the bike library, and with support from East Riding of Yorkshire Council, the school has seen an 8% rise in the number of children cycling to school over the last two years. There's also been a 9% reduction in car usage, resulting in the school being awarded a Modeshift STARS silver award - a national scheme which recognises schools that have seen a reduction in the use of cars on the journey to school.

IMG_0767 - 20 x 20Steve Wigley, Assistant Road Safety Officer at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, says: "The launch of the bike library last year was incredibly successful and there has since been a massive uptake on bikes - so much so that we have a waiting list. It's a great scheme so it has been really popular.

"Alongside the bike library we also run workshops in bike maintenance and puncture repair to enable the children to really make the most of their bikes."
The riders will travel straight past the school shortly after the first sprint of the race on Stage One on Friday, April 28.

"The pupils are really excited about the Tour De Yorkshire coming past the school, it's going to be a great experience for them," says Steve.

 

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Number of Donation Stations
122
Number of Bike Libraries
150
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