Children living in Scarborough and Ryedale will be given the chance to ride a bike for free following the launch of a new Yorkshire Bank Bike Library.
The Coast and Dale Yorkshire Bank Bike Library has opened at Basics Plus, in Salisbury Street, and will offer free bike loans for children and families, as well as guided rides, bike skills sessions and bike maintenance courses.
It will be 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 at Basics Plus, Northstead Community Primary School, in Maple Drive, Yorkshire Coast Sight Support, in Dean Road, the Alzheimer's Society at Manor Court, Bike About Filey, and Big Bear Bikes, in Pickering. 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 are going to be members 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."
The scheme is sponsored by Yorkshire Bank and run in collaboration with Welcome to Yorkshire's cycling initiative, Cycle Yorkshire. It aims to give every child in Yorkshire access to a bike, and sees unwanted bikes donated at one of the county's 46 donation stations, where they are then fixed up and available to hire free of charge.
There are now 32 Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries across the county. Since the launch of the first last year, more than 17,000 chances to ride a bike have been offered to children and around 4,000 bikes have been donated.
Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: "We launched the Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries with the aim of giving every child in Yorkshire access to a bike, and the opening of this new Yorkshire Bank Bike Library in Scarborough will help to bring us ever closer to that goal.
"I am thrilled to see how successful the Bike Libraries have become since the very first one opened last year, and I hope they will continue to inspire and excite young people across the county."
Helen Page, Propositions and Marketing Director at Yorkshire Bank, said: "We are delighted to support the set-up of additional Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries across the county. Giving more children an opportunity to have access to a bike is something we feel passionately about."