Friday, 15 December 2017

Recycled Bike Project

Award Winning Recycled Mountain Bike Project

Yes, we won a City and Community Pride Award from Leeds City Council, City Services Department, for our Recycled Mountain Project.

Sean, Assistant Education Officer, with ReConnect Pupils Luke & Aaron

Sean, Assistant Education Officer, with ReConnect Pupils Luke & Aaron

The project has had a great year with 10 ladies bikes sent to Romania for Medicare Nurses to visit their patients on. Many trainees have received bikes, which they now use to come to work on and our first bike to go to a project helping unemployed people commute, is now in use. All these bikes were removed from the waste stream or donated by West Yorkshire Police.

Medicare Nurse using recycled bike

Medicare Nurse using recycled bike

They were then rebuilt by young people on our ReConnect Programme, they learn the mechanical skills and have chance to improve their cycling skills before going on an exciting off road ride. What a great introduction to an accessible (Olympic) sport.

In the near future we hope to have a more permanent and secure space for the project and we are looking at funding and partnership opportunities.

The Bike Project is delivered from the new Workshop sponsored by Millennium Commission and Green Leeds Limited Biffaward as part of the Lower Courtyard Centre development.

ReConnect Pupil Philip crossing Crocodile Ford

ReConnect Pupil Philip crossing Crocodile Ford

Many thanks to West Yorkshire Police,  Chapeltown Police Station and Meanwood Household Waste Site who donated the bikes.

Robert Paige
Education Officer

Ashley completing the Skills Test

Ashley completing the Skills Test

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