Lincoln charity Framework, who provide accommodation and opportunities to the homeless, has launched an appeal for donations of old bicycles.
Run with Access LN6, the programme gives local homeless people a chance to improve their life by giving them new skills, independence and confidence.
In the six-week maintenance programme, participants will learn how to build a new bicycle out of old bikes or remodel them, earning a certificate at the end of it.
They will also be able to keep the bicycle if they take part in a bike ride on September 28, which runs from Lincoln to Woodhall Spa along the disused Water Rail Way.
However, the programme needs 10 unused bikes for those taking part to work on.
The bikes can be donated in any condition, even if they’re not working, just so long as they are salvageable.
David Spivey, Framework Move-on worker, explained: “Framework has operated a similar scheme in Nottingham for several years and the results are very impressive.
“The reason for that success is that these schemes are about far more than just mending and riding a bike; they are about vulnerable people learning new skills and displaying personal qualities they may not know they have, as well as boosting confidence and self-esteem. ”
Councillor Richard Davies, Executive Councillor for Highways and Transportation, said: “We’re delighted that through Access LN6, we can support such a worthwhile initiative.
“Not only does this scheme encourage cycling in Lincoln, it provides life-long skills for those affected by homelessness and the opportunity for Framework to continue the scheme after our programme has finished.
“We hope that local people will donate any old bicycles they have, and we’re looking forward to Framework’s bike ride in September!”
The bike ride is open to the public, with a small entrance fee that will go towards improving life for the homeless.
Bikes should be given to the Framework office on Orchard Street via David Spivey on 07969 592 115 or [email protected], or to Trevor Marsh at Sustrans on 07920 102 872 or [email protected], before Monday August 11 when the maintenance sessions begin.