Over 1000 bikes are rescued!Over 1000 cycles. That's how many have been saved from the waste stream by community interest company Bike Rescue in the last year. That's an awful lot of waste - it's about 19 tonnes altogether! In just one short year Bike Rescue have gone from from strength to strength, growing from a back-garden project to a thriving organisation spanning 2000 square feet in four industrial units. Their veritable list of achievments includes refurbishing over 500 cycles, giving them a new life with new owners. In addition, twenty or so vintage bikes, some dating back as far as 1898, have been restored or preserved for new generations to enjoy.
A large part of the success of Bike Rescue is the dedicated team of Bike volunteers. "We're eternally grateful!" say founders Andy Scaife and Bernie Cullen. "They have given us about 5000 hours of their labour. Their skills have progressed to such an extent that two of them are now working for us as mechanics." The team of volunteers recently won the North Yorkshire Police "Crimebeat" award.
The Hubstation is coming...The City of York Council have recently granted the lease of Lendal Bridge substation, which will be converted into York's own secure cycle park. Bike Rescue have big plans for the building, including a rooftop cafe. "We will also be offering such facilities as an emergency repair station and an information point for cyclists" says Andy Scaife. The Hubstation, as the building will be known, will also act as an outlet for recycled bikes and other cycling essentials. Planning and fundraising has begun, and opening is planned for summer 2008.
The Lendal Bridge substation (left) and an artists impression of the finished "Hubstation" (right).
- To find out more, visit the Bike Rescue web page at www.yorkrecycling.net/bikerescue
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