Stolen bicycles from across the borough have been given a new home in Brent’s schools, as the council launches its ReCycle scheme, in partnership with the Metropolitan Police.
As part of the scheme, refurbished bicycles are being given to schools across the borough in a bid to support the uptake of cycling and encourage the use of more sustainable forms of transport.
Stolen bicycles confiscated by the police that have remained unclaimed are being given some TLC and handed to a number of schools, giving the pupils an excellent opportunity to learn to cycle in a safe environment. As well as the bicycles, the schools will receive helmets and high visibility jackets and will also receive cycle skills training.
Cllr Shama Tatler, Brent Council Cabinet Member responsible for transport, attended the launch event and commented:
“Children are being encouraged to get more active and cycle to and from school but some, through no fault of their own, don’t have access to a bicycle and are missing out.
“This new initiative is a fantastic opportunity for fun and exercise, whilst encouraging more sustainable forms of travelling and making use of bikes that would have otherwise been destroyed.”
Simon Rose, BCU Commander, North West London, added:
“We’re delighted to be helping in this very positive initiative and are very grateful for both the funding from Brent Council for the bicycle scheme and to Newman Catholic College for once again funding the summer camp, which is the only one of its kind to run in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police Force.
“This bike project helps build positive relationships, helps to keep young people safer on the roads and teaches them useful life skills.”
Daniel Coyle, Head Teacher at Newman Catholic College, said:
“We’re delighted to be the first school in Brent to get involved in this programme.
“We’re confident that our young people will become fitter, happier and more successful students as a result of their participation in this exciting initiative.”
If you have an old bicycle you would like to donate to this initiative, please get in touch by emailing Gerardo.Guercio@cyclinginstructor.com