A Knowsley social enterprise which refurbishes unwanted bikes is enlisting the help of local recycling champions in a bid to stop valuable materials from going to waste.
MerseyCycle, based in Knowsley, has launched the Learn to Bicycle Recycle scheme which will see local people trained up in bike recovery, re-use, repair and day-to-day care to become bicycling recycling champions! The scheme consists of four comprehensive Bicycle Recycle courses, 14 shorter bite-size courses and 11 community bike sales. As well as preventing unused bikes from being left to rust or just thrown away the project also promotes cycling as a form of active transport and a healthy lifestyle choice.
Barry Redman, MerseyCycle Manager, said: “Our courses will teach people the fundamentals of bicycles and their maintenance, how to deal with common issues such as puncture repairs and frame checks, and working with recovered bikes to get them roadworthy. These are skills that will last a lifetime and can be passed on to family and friends. “The popularity of the bike is evergreen. Whether it’s for getting to work, going the shops or just leisure, they’re the perfect short distance vehicle and are a cheaper and healthier alternative to cars. We’re determined to rescue as many bikes as we can from the scrap heap.”
MerseyCycle is a Community Interest Company with social enterprise status that works towards making cycling accessible to all in Merseyside. Donated and unwanted bikes are refurbished through volunteer work before being sold as legally roadworthy.
By the end of the Community Fund project in March 2018, MerseyCycle expects that they will have:
• Delivered four comprehensive Bicycle Recycle courses for up to 24 students, working on donated bikes and making them roadworthy for sale.
• Provided 14 bite size courses for dealing with common everyday issues.
• Held 11 community bike sales using bike recycled through the project.
• Donated 20 bikes to people without funds or resources.
• Prevented three tonnes of materials from going to waste.
The £8000 of funding for the project has come from the Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia Community Fund, which was set up to help support waste prevention, reuse and recycling projects locally.
Councillor Graham Morgan, Chairperson of MRWA, said: “I think this is a great scheme because as well as teaching people new skills and getting them moving and healthier, it also prevents materials like metal and rubber from going to waste. After all, you can’t have recycle without cycle!”
If you’re interested in signing up for a bike maintenance course or buying a refurbished bike, call MerseyCycle on Tel: 07738 114243 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or check their Facebook page – search for ‘MerseyCycle’ for the latest information.
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Notes to editors:
(i) Merseycycle, based in Court Hey Park in Knowsley, is run by Barry and Terry Redman, two people who have been mending, servicing and supplying new cycles across Merseyside for a number of years.
(ii) MRWA is a local government body with nine elected members from the five constituent councils in Merseyside. It organises and manages disposal of all waste collected by the five councils and operates 14 Household Waste Recycling Facilities. www.merseysidewda.gov.uk
(iii) The MRWA and Veolia Community Fund 2017/18 has seen twelve community groups from Merseyside and Halton receive a funding boost to help make the region a cleaner and greener place. The financial support will see the groups help reduce household waste, encourage recycling and resource re-use, and prevent carbon emissions. For more information see http://www.merseysidewda.gov.uk/waste-strategy/community-fund/mrwa-community-fund-201718/