October 13, 2014 2.17 pm This story is over 114 months old

Recycled bikes for sale in Lincoln to aid homelessness

Recycled bikes for sale: A collection of donated bikes that have been recycled are now on sale to people affected by homelessness in Lincoln.

A collection of donated bikes recycled by volunteers are now on sale to help people affected by homelessness in Lincoln.

The Framework recycling scheme was launched in June 2014 in partnership with Lincolnshire County Council’s Access LN6 and Sustrans.

An appeal was put out asking for owners of old unwanted bikes to donate to the charity.

After a total of 70 bikes were donated participants were put through a six-week programme where they learned how to build new bicycles or remodel them.

Some 15 bikes were remodelled by three young people who completed the course and deemed suitable for resale.

On Saturday, September 27 15 people took the bikes for a spin, on a 34 mile route from Water Rail Way to Kirkstead Bridge and back. The charity bike ride raised over £500.

On Monday, October 13, the bikes were displayed in the Lincoln House, where locals and staff of framework were allowed to come and view the remodelled bikes and buy one.

The bikes range from £35 to £150, with most of them costing between £35 and £75.

Most of the bikes have been restored completely with only a few needing small maintenance that can be achieved easily by the new owner.

Two bikes had already been sold to those who had participated in the charity bike ride.

David Spivey, Move On Worker at Framework, said: “We’re looking forward to the next steps and hopefully developing the scheme.

“Hopefully with all the money raised by the charity bike ride and that from the bikes bought on October 13 there will be enough money to keep the recycling scheme going, to help with youths improve their skills, independence and confidence in the future.”

David also hopes that in the future, if the scheme goes well that he will be able to open the remodelled bikes to the members of the public.

Councillor Richard Davies, Executive Councillor for Highways and Transportation at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We have been extremely proud to work with Framework on this project and to see so many people benefiting from the bike recycling scheme is fantastic.

“We hope that this will continue for many years to come, and look forward to creating a lasting legacy with Framework and Sustrans.”