Dozens of volunteers from across south Leeds and beyond pitched in throughout June to collect scores of unwanted bicycles, fix them up, and donate them back into the local community.
With lots of people taking the opportunity to ‘declutter’ during lockdown, and lots of others taking the chance to get into cycling (because of the spare time, sunshine, or to avoid public transport), and still others with bike-fixing skills having time on their hands, a team emerged to line up the pieces and make something happen – within lockdown rules.
Over 50 bikes have so far been successfully patched up, and given to local people. A further 20 people have had their bikes serviced. More bike donations are forthcoming and there is certainly lots of demand, so the scheme – based in Beeston Hill – looks likely to become an ongoing project.
Coordinator Ed Carlisle commented:
“Huge thanks to everyone who’s helped this project take off. Locally and nationally, loads of people are getting into cycling, which is great – but that’s meant the bike shops are heaving, with long waiting lists.
“We’ve been pretty crazy busy, but it’s been a delight to be part of, with happy people at every turn. If others want to get involved, please get in touch – there’s lots to do!”
To find out more or get in touch, look for ‘The Big Bike Fix – South Leeds‘ on Facebook.
Bike-fixing volunteers are especially welcome, at almost anytime – as are donations of bikes. There is a waiting list for bikes, although the team are getting through it.
Note that the team are doing their best to practise social distancing and remain Covid-safe: please help them stick with that. Thanks to all those supporting the project – especially all the volunteers and donors, and also Active Leeds, Sport England, and SLATE.