To celebrate reaching the milestone of over 500 bikes being donated to the Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries, the second round of funding has been opened to create an even larger network of “bicycle loaning libraries” across Yorkshire.
The first round of funding attracted many people who have been running cycle classes for children and who wanted to expand what they do; other successful applicants include volunteers setting up cycle coaching, maintenance workshops and safety classes at their local community centre or school. The first of the libraries will be opening their doors soon.
The Libraries, a partnership between Cycle Yorkshire, Welcome to Yorkshire and Yorkshire Bank, are a direct legacy of the Tour de France’s visit to Yorkshire in 2014 and have the aim to give every child in the county access to bicycles. The Libraries’ aim is to complement the significant work already being done across schools, community groups and cycling clubs, most of it run by volunteers, to ensure that those children who get hooked on cycling can continue.
Fraser Kennedy, Head of Sponsorship and Partnerships at Yorkshire Bank, said:
“We were hugely impressed with the quality and reach of the community organisations which applied to the scheme for support. Cycling in Yorkshire has a very strong volunteer ethos and there is a massive army of parents, teachers and community workers working hard to get children riding bikes. We’re delighted that this funding will help the bike libraries to invest in tools, equipment and storage facilities to help get more people cycling across the county”.
Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said:
“This second round of funding means we are well on our way to giving every child in Yorkshire the chance to discover the joy of cycling, and combined with the incredible Tour de Yorkshire, the Yorkshire Grand Départ couldn’t have a better legacy”.