Are you a not-for-profit agency in Yorkshire and interested in setting up a Bike Library? If so we want to hear from you!

About the Enterprise Scheme

For the first time in the 114-year history of the Tour de France, a Grand Départ host destination has committed to the ambitious aim of giving every child in its locality access to a bike for free. Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries are seeking to deliver a county wide cycling legacy for all generations and all abilities.

Whilst we’re delighted to have reached a total of over 60 Bike Libraries across the county, we’d love to get more up and running in the above areas. If you think you might like to apply but aren’t sure about the initiative, please do get in touch to discuss it further.

The concept of a Bike Library is simple - a site (e.g. leisure centre, community centre, library etc.) with a fleet of bikes which are available to borrow for free. These bikes can be used to partake in a range of activities to promote healthy living, social inclusion and to have fun! Activities might involve guided rides in the local community, a basic bike skills course or maintenance workshop, or simply the freedom to ride on a safe route with family and friends.

Applicants from all over the county are now free to apply for funding to set up a Bike Library in their community. Please note this is not a fund to support commercial activity or start-ups.

The types of projects that will be considered include but are not limited to:

  • Schools
  • Village halls
  • Community centres
  • Charities
  • Existing enterprises

We will not fund:

  • Ongoing running costs of an organisation - e.g. salaries, rental costs, electricity, water etc.
  • A one-off event
  • Existing activity; where the Bike Library is an expansion of your current enterprise, please confirm how this funding contributes to activity over and above what you already do
  • Activities that the government has a legal obligation to fund

How to apply

The application process is now closed. We'll be opening our next round in 2020, of which details will be released shortly. 

For further details on how to apply, please take a look at the guidance notes and application form.

Non-Funded Element

Not all existing cycling related social enterprises will have plans for development or requirements for further funding. We would still like to be able to include such schemes within our Yorkshire Bank Bike Library portfolio. The focus on this element of the scheme is on providing valuable marketing support, not direct financial support.

For further details on how to apply, please take a look at the guidance notes and application form.

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