Scheme aims to give every child access to a bicycle

Welcome to Yorkshire are asking more organisations in East Yorkshire to get involved in their new scheme to give every child access to a bicycle.

Following the huge success of the Tour de Yorkshire, a new Enterprise Fund, ran in cooperation with Yorkshire Bank, is seeking to deliver a county wide cycling legacy for all generations and all abilities through non-profit agencies.

Liz Tattersley from Welcome to Yorkshire said: “The intention is for every child to have access to a bike. A significant amount has been put into the system to ensure non-profit organisations can then loan bikes out. The organisations will receive £10,000 each for the running of the library, which have been successful in other parts of the county, and we would like to see more applications coming from North and East Yorkshire.”

The concept of a Bike Library is simple - a location or mobile unit with a fleet of bikes which are available to loan by children.

New statistics from British Cycling reveal almost 5,000 more people in Yorkshire are cycling at least once a week, compared to the period before the Tour de France came to Yorkshire.

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “You only have to look at Yorkshire’s roads to see more people have taken to cycling in the county and these new figures are confirmation of just how much Yorkshire wants to be the cycling of capital of Europe. The Grand Départ last year, and the Tour de Yorkshire this year, have proven to be just as inspirational as we hoped they would be.”

The types of projects considered include schools, charities, existing enterprises and community projects.

Applications must be submitted to Liz Tattersley no later than 5pm, 24 July. Details are available from http://bit.ly/1I02Iwd