Roll up, Roll up for the Refurbished Bike Sale!

Picture-011Local cycling charity Life Cycle UK will be holding another of its extremely popular refurbished bike sales on Wednesday 9th July, offering anyone without a bike but wanting to get involved with this year’s Bristol Cycling Festival the perfect opportunity to purchase an affordable bike and get cycling.

Held by the fountains opposite Bristol Hippodrome from 11am – 2pm, there will be a wide range of bikes available on the day, mostly priced from about £80 – £130, although there will also be a few higher-end models. Bikes are available on a first come, first served basis and the sale is part of a regular programme organised by the Lottery-funded Bike Back project:

Bike Back takes unwanted bikes, donated to the scheme by members of the public, to Bristol Prison, where they are stripped down, cleaned and then rebuilt by prisoners under the tuition of an expert mechanic. Life Cycle then sells the bikes at low cost with the aim of helping more people on low incomes to cycle. All the funds raised at the bike sales are put directly back into the scheme.

The project, which has been running since 2010 has proved to be a real success in terms of providing prisoners with opportunities to learn new skills. So far over 200 prisoners have had the chance to participate with some really positive feedback. One commented:

“I have learnt masses – and not just about bikes. I have learnt general things about employment, looking after tools, keeping the workshop clean and tidy. I am feeling much more positive now. I’ve got my mind set on other things and I want to try and get a job when I leave.”

The project has also been successful at increasing the number of low-cost bikes available to local people. In the last 12 months Bike Back has refurbished and sold 200 bikes, which means originally unwanted bikes going back in to the community. It also stops old bikes going to landfill. Feedback from the project shows that the affordability of bikes is key to enabling more people to buy bikes and get out cycling.

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