More of Barnsley’s unwanted bikes have been saved from landfill and brought back to use for an innovative new scheme at Elsecar Park. From Friday 14 July, visitors to the park will be able to hire bikes which are suitable for children aged 7 and under, to ride in the grounds.
The project is the result of partnership working between Barnsley Council’s waste management service and parks service, along with social enterprise Cycle Penistone CIC. A dozen bikes ‘tipped’ by residents at Barnsley’s household waste and recycling sites (HWRCs) have been rescued after being carefully repaired and restored.
Cycle Penistone CIC is a community project that specialises in cycle repair, rental, sales and fundraising. The project sees used bikes recycled and offered for hire and for sale to local residents at affordable prices. Earlier in the year, the project hit the 100 bicycle mark, and to date around 250 bikes have been restored.
The 12 recycled children’s bikes will be available to hire from the Elsecar Park café during opening hours. It will cost just £2 per bike to hire for one hour or £1.50 for 30 minutes, with a security deposit; a suitable form of ID such as a driving licence or £5 in cash will be accepted. Helmets will be provided on site and some bikes will be fitted with stabilisers for less experienced riders. If successful, it is hoped that the hire scheme will be offered at other locations across the borough.
Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place said: “This is a brilliant scheme just in time for the school holidays. We hope that lots of children will be able to enjoy riding around Elsecar Park on the recycled bikes; cycling is a great way to get active and enjoy our fantastic parks and green spaces.”
Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Communities said: “We’re really looking forward to seeing the bikes used in Elsecar Park. It’s great to see our council services working together with Cycle Penistone CIC to provide this fantastic opportunity for local children and families.”
Elliot Bond of Cycle Penistone CIC added: “We’re delighted to be able to present the recycled bikes for children to enjoy throughout the summer. It’s fantastic to think that bicycles that were once loved and used will be enjoyed again in the coming weeks by many young people in the safety and beautiful surroundings of Elsecar Park.”
Donations are still welcome and unwanted bikes can be brought to any of Barnsley’s four HWRCs or residents can email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange collection. For more information about Cycle Penistone CIC, visit www.cyclepenistonecic.com/ .