Book a ride for free at bike library

The bike library opened by the Mayor of Calderdale, Councillor Howard Blagbrough at Halifax Fire Station. Four year old Daisy Elliott.
The bike library opened by the Mayor of Calderdale, Councillor Howard Blagbrough at Halifax Fire Station. Four year old Daisy Elliott.

Children in Calderdale can make the most out of their summer holidays by borrowing a bike for free.

The Yorkshire Bank Bike Library scheme runs three bike libraries across the district as part of its aim to give every child in Yorkshire access to a cycle. Children can also enjoy a range of rides and activities at some of the venues.

The Yorkshire Bank Bike Library scheme was launched in 2015 as a legacy of the Tour de France and Tour de Yorkshire. Since then, bikes have been borrowed out to children more than 41,000 times. The scheme is a three-year joint project between Welcome to Yorkshire’s cycling initiative, Cycle Yorkshire and Yorkshire Bank.

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “We launched the Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries with the aim of giving every child in Yorkshire access to a bike, and I am thrilled to see how successful the scheme has become. I hope they will continue to inspire and excite young people across the county.”

The Calderdale bike libraries are based at Happy Days, Town Hall Street, Sowerby Bridge; Active Calderdale Bike Library, Halifax Fire Station, King Cross, Halifax; and Active Calderdale Bike Library, Illingworth Fire Station, Keighley Road, Halifax.

Anyone can donate a bike at one of the 58 donation stations across Yorkshire.

The bikes are then fixed up and made available to hire for free. Visit bikelibraries.yorkshire.com for more details.