Do you have an old bike sitting in your garage or shed, that is no longer used? If so, Sustrans would love to take it off your hands.
On Thursday (18 June), the cycling charity is holding an event at Bedford Athletics Stadium on Barkers Lane, inviting members of the public to donate their unused and unwanted bikes.
Donated bikes will then be given to job-seekers and frontline NHS staff.
“During lockdown we’ve been delighted how many people have taken up cycling,” said Chloe Crowther, Sustrans’ active travel officer.
“It’s really encouraging and now that people are returning to work, school, the shops and places of worship it’s even more important that we try and avoid public transport as much as possible.
“Sustrans donates bikes to jobseekers who are returning to work and we have extended the scheme to help NHS staff travel to work safely.
“All the bikes that are donated at the Athletics Stadium this week will be going to a deserving home.”
Anyone interested in donating a bike is asked to pre-book their drop-off slot to avoid over-crowding and adhere to social distancing. You can pre-book your time slot here.
The bikes will then be collected by Luton Council and refurbished to a road-worthy condition.
The refurbished bikes are then either sold to further support the scheme or donated to community members across Bedfordshire who do not have the means to buy a bike.
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