Urgent call for bike donations to help Play on Pedals

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Urgent call for bike donations to help Play on Pedals

Play on Pedals, an initiative designed to teach every 4-year-old in Glasgow how to cycle, is seeking donations of small children’s bikes as part of a city wide Bike Amnesty.

Photocall: Wednesday 20 May, 4pm at Glasgow Bike Station. 7 year old Niamh donates her old bike to Play on Pedals with mum Rebecca.

Every bike donated will be fixed up by Glasgow Bike Station and trainee mechanics at Barlinnie Prison.  For the last two years, Glasgow Bike Station has worked with the Scottish Prison Service to setup a fully operational bike workshop at the prison which offers inmates important skills to aid their employability on release. 

The refurbished bikes will then be added to a fleet of balance and pedal bikes which rotates around Glasgow’s nurseries and community groups, ensuring every 4 year old has access to a bike as part of their training.

From Cloan Nursery in Drumchapel, to London Road Nursery in the east end, preschoolers are learning the skills to get pedaling all for free thanks to funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery’s Dream Fund.   The fund is entirely generated by players of the charity lottery.

So far 650 4-year olds and 125 instructors have taken part in cycling training events at 91 nurseries across the Glasgow area. However even more children could benefit if the project has access to more bikes. So dig through your sheds, rummage in your garages and donate any unused and unwanted children’s bikes! 

Drop off points have been arranged around the city at Glasgow Life leisure facilitates.  For a full list of where and when bikes can be dropped, please see: www.playonpedals.wordpress.com.  Alternatively, take your bike to Glasgow Bike Station, 65 Haugh Road, G3 8TX.

“So that we can ensure kids from all across the city have access to bikes, we need to increase our fleet and are in need of donations.  By donating small balance and pedal bikes that your kids have out-grown, you can make a huge difference - every bike will be fixed up and delivered to nurseries, particularly in areas where bike ownership is low.”

 Polly Jarman, Play on Pedals Development Officer

Play on Pedals was recognised by Glasgow city council as a community based Commonwealth Games legacy project delivering a very positive legacy pre and post-Games.  It is delivered in partnership by charities CTC, Cycling Scotland, Glasgow Bike Station and Play Scotland.  Play on Pedals is set to reach a total of 7,000 4-year-olds across Glasgow over the next year.  

Contact information 

For more information on the Play on Pedals scheme visit www.playonpedals.wordpress.com

To discuss making a donation, please call Glasgow Bike Station on 0141 248 5409.

Notes to editors 

About Cycling Scotland:

Cycling Scotland is the national cycle promotion agency in Scotland. They receive funding from Transport Scotland to bring cycling into the mainstream and establish it as an acceptable, attractive and practical lifestyle option.  Cycling Scotland manage the Bikeability Scotland cycle training scheme, delivered in over 1,000 primary schools each year.

About the Glasgow Bike Station:

The Bike Station is Glasgow's largest bicycle recycling organisation.  A registered charity and social enterprise, they aim to encourage and promote cycling as a means of transport and preserve the environment by reconditioning unwanted bicycles and selling them at a low cost to the public. Their Bike Swap events make cycling more accessible for underprivileged children and help to prevent landfill.

About CTC, the National Cycling Charity:

CTC inspire and help people to cycle. In Scotland, CTC works in partnership with Youth Scotland, the national network of youth clubs and groups, on the Bike Club programme. Since 2010 this programme has supported over 6000 young people from ‘non cycling’ backgrounds to get on their bikes and enjoy the benefits of cycling – health, independence, learning new skills and having fun.

About Play Scotland:

Play Scotland works to promote the importance of play for all children and young people, and campaigns to create increased play opportunities in the community. They aim to ensure that all children and young people in Scotland have equal access to diverse and quality play opportunities that meet their individual needs.

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