Cycle Recycle Scheme
The Cycle Recycle Scheme, established in partnership with Lancashire County Council, forms part of Active Lancashire’s wellbeing offer under the More Positive Together Project. Over time more partners have come on board to support the programme including Lancashire Constabulary.
Cycle Recycle came into fruition in July 2018 and aims to provide residents in some of the most deprived areas of Lancashire with a recycled bike to help encourage them to become active, but also to provide wider benefits such as making them more mobile with the means to access employment opportunities.
The bikes are collected from four waste sites in Lancashire and received through donations from Lancashire Constabulary, which with a little bit of work can be made roadworthy again. The bikes collected are then used to deliver Cycle Recycle Workshops at five local organisations - Cycles Recycled, Cycle Roots, Bike Works, Newground and Cybelé Vélo.
Workshops run over two days and up to six places are available each time for unemployed individuals from deprived communities across Lancashire. During the workshop participants renovate a bike deeming it roadworthy again, they then get to take the bike home with them for free.
The scheme carries a number of benefits not only for participants themselves, but also for the wider community and the environment. Benefits of the project include:
- Access to free transport
- Healthier lifestyle encouraged through use of the bike
- Save tax payers money through creating job prospects
- Business opportunities as multiple partners involved
- Recycling aluminium saves 95% energy
- Recycling plastic saves 70% energy
- Helps towards better environment across Lancashire
Active Lancashire can facilitate cycle workshops for any organisation who feel they are supporting individuals who would benefit from the scheme. Please contact Calum if you would like to find out more.