Spreading two-wheel love across Telford

Telford & Wrekin Council has team up with charity Bikes4Kids to give unused and unwanted bikes in need of minor repairs a new lease of life.

People can donate bikes by bringing them to the Safer & Stronger Communities launch event at St George’s Primary School on Wednesday, November 23 between 2.45 and 4.30pm where the Bikes4Kids director, Colin Davis will start repairs. 

The recycled bikes will then be redistributed to families. 

Also at the event, Dr Bike, a mobile repair workshop who works in partner with the council’s road safety team and will be on hand to make sure any bikes in need of so road worthy. 

Cabinet member for Safer & Stronger Communities, Councillor Paul Watling said: “This charity is doing an amazing job for families, especially at this time of year when a bike could take a bit of pressure off those houses where there’s a new one on the Christmas list. 

“Having a bike is a massive part of childhood, they give kids the freedom to get about and see their friends and a first taste of independence and a healthy, active and also free way to get out and about, perhaps even ride to school and easing parking too. 

“This is a wonderful partnership that will help families struggling with the cost of living and reduce waste by keeping bikes out of landfills. There are also plans in the New Year for bike clubs where young people can gain skills for life and learn how to fix and repair their own. 

“Not only that, learning to ride fits into our 10 by 10 project that encourages children in Telford and Wrekin to take part in 10 life-enhancing activities by the time they are 10.

“If it’s a success, it’s a model we can use in other areas too – it’s a great example of people working together for the benefit of everyone. 

If you have an unwanted bike but cannot make the event on Wednesday, please visit Facebook where you can get in touch with director Colin facebook.com/bikesforkidsshropshire