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Free Bike Scheme Nominated for National Award

Date Published: 29 October 2018
My Bike launch event

Rutland County Council’s MY BIKE project has been shortlisted for the ‘best partnership’ category in the Modeshift National Travel Awards.

Designed to showcase best practice in encouraging sustainable travel, the awards put ‘innovative and inspirational’ schemes in the spotlight.

MY BIKE was first launched by Rutland County Council’s Sustainable Transport team, in partnership with HMP Stocken, in June 2017, with families across the county now benefitting from the scheme, which sees old and damaged bicycles restored and given free of charge to people of all ages who don’t have a bike of their own.

Bikes disposed of at the Council’s recycling centres are collected and reconditioned to full working order by inmates using HMP Stocken’s workshops. To date, more than 150 bikes have been restored and given to people who need them. 

“This project has multiple benefits, helping children, young people, adults and families into education, training and employment, as well as helping them enjoy the outdoors, by giving them access to free sustainable transport. At the same time, it gives prisoners at HMP Stocken meaningful work and new skills that could open up employment opportunities in the future. This project has been hugely successful and we’re delighted it has been highlighted for national recognition.”
Lucy Stephenson, Portfolio Holder for Transport

There is currently a waiting list for bikes through the MY BIKE scheme and local people can help by taking old or unwanted bikes to one of Rutland’s recycling centres, so they can be refurbished for someone else to enjoy. 

The results of the Modeshift National Travel Awards will be announced in November.

To find out more about MY BIKE, email: mybike@rutland.gov.uk or call: 01572 722 577.

To locate your nearest recycling centre and register your vehicle to use the site, please visit our Recycling page

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