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New Yorkshire Bank and Cycle Yorkshire Bike Library Scheme

Posted: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 10:00

New Yorkshire Bank and Cycle Yorkshire Bike Library Scheme

For the first time in the 111 year history of the Tour de France, a Grand Départ host destination has committed to the ambitious aim of giving every child in its locality access to a bike.

Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries in association with Cycle Yorkshire are seeking to deliver a county wide cycling legacy for all generations and all abilities.

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. These bikes can be used to partake in a range of activities to promote healthy living, social inclusion and to have fun! Activities may be as specific as a guided ride in the local community, a basic bike skills or maintenance course or simply just to give the freedom to ride on a safe route with family and friends.

The Enterprise Fund will offer financial and marketing assistance to not for profit agencies that want to set up a Bike Library in their community. Please note this is not a fund to support commercial activity or start-ups. The types of projects that will be considered include but are not limited to;

  • Schools, Village halls, community centres - bike training courses, ride to school loans, road safety sessions and local rides after school
  • Charities - Charity Rides, Fund raising challenges, bike taster sessions
  • Existing enterprises - Taster sessions, free short-term bike loans, cycle to work tasters
  • Community projects - Family rides, local safe route rides, school holiday activities, university campus programmes etc.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted to Liz Tattersley ltattersley@yorkshire.com no later than Friday 4th March.

Please download the guidance notes and application form here.

Register to become an official Yorkshire Bank Bike Library

Not all existing cycling related social enterprises will have plans for development or requirements for further funding. We would still like to be able to include such schemes within our Bike Library portfolio. The focus on this element of the scheme is on providing valuable marketing support, not direct financial support. Please download the guidance notes and application form here.

Queries & further info

If you have any queries once you have read the guidance notes, please contact Liz Tattersley at ltattersley@yorkshire.com, 07833 466 033 or David Shields dshields@yorkshire.com 07917 798802

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