Swindon residents are being asked to spring clean their sheds and release their bicycles, ahead of National Bike Week (11 – 19 June).
In a partnership between Swindon Travel Choices and Recycles, A Salvation Army social enterprise that refurbishes bikes, people are asked to dig out their bikes and either take them for a health check to make them rideable again, or donate them to Recycles who will be able to give them a new lease of life.
Recycles is based in Princes Street, Swindon offering work experience and the opportunity to take accredited courses to help individuals who have experienced homelessness gain the skills they need to find work and move on with their lives. It is linked with The Salvation Army’s Booth House Lifehouse – a residential centre for people who have experienced homeless.
Recycles operates as a cycle repair shop and sells refurbished bikes. It also offers a cycle hire scheme and bespoke cycle maintenance courses for local people to raise funds for the charity’s work in Swindon.
All through Bike Week, Recycles will be offering free safety checks for bikes, as well as free security marking, at their shop on Princes Street. Donations of unwanted bikes can also be made direct to the shop.
Employers across Swindon can also play a part in Bike Week. Businesses are encouraged to spring clean their bike sheds, by identifying abandoned bikes that could be donated to Recycles, and also hold a “donation day” at the workplace, where employees can donate their bikes at their workplace and then a time arranged with Recycles for their collection. A Bike Week toolkit for employers containing posters, ideas and instructions is available by emailing email@example.com or from www.swindontravelchoices.co.uk/cycle