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Train operator Avanti West Coast has partnered with a local business to make sure that cycles abandoned at Crewe railway station are given a new lease of life.
Danny Pope and Mark Litton who are based at the station came up with the idea of donating the bikes to Community Recycle Cycles who are a local not for profit bike shop.
Their team of volunteers repurpose unwanted bikes and these are sold at affordable prices back to the community.
Many of the cycles left abandoned at the station were in good condition so Danny and Mark wanted them to be put to good use.
Income generated from the scheme is used to support volunteers with training opportunities – including Cytech (an internationally recognised training and accreditation scheme for bicycle technicians)
Credit: Avanti West Coast
Speaking on why he decided to give the abandoned bikes a new home, Danny said: “With unwanted bikes that were in good condition taking up space in the cycle racks, I was keen to find a suitable use for them. Working with my colleagues we have been able to donate the bikes to Community Recycle Cycles, who can give them a new lease of life. It is great the bikes can be repaired or recycled and we’re really proud to be supporting this fantastic initiative. It is making a difference in the local community by giving people in Crewe opportunities – whether it is new skills, training, education, or employment, which is something we’re committed to championing at Avanti West Coast.”
Annette Cormack, Director of Community Recycle Cycles, said: “As a not for profit business, we are totally reliant on donations and the expense goes into restoring the bikes, replacing parts if needed but keeping the prices affordable. Most of our donations come from individuals but having donors such as Avanti West Coast can really help in both the numbers of bikes we receive and having the backing of a high-profile company in the area.”
“During the lockdowns, one of the challenges has been getting hold of parts that come from abroad. We have been able to keep providing our service as we are able to use parts from bikes that are not suitable for restoration. This means that bikes in any condition are always very welcome.”
This article first appeared on www.railadvent.co.uk
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