Date: 14 Jan 2021
Belfast based social enterprises, co-operatives and charities are being offered 100 Belfast Bikes, free of charge.
Belfast City Council is upgrading its popular public bike share fleet, which means there is now a surplus of used bikes available for community use.
Chair of Belfast City Council’s City Growth and Regeneration Committee, Councillor David Brooks explained: “We launched Belfast Bikes in April 2015 with 30 docking stations and it’s been so successful, the scheme now has 47 docking stations across the city. And thanks to funding from the Department for Communities’ Capital Covid-19 Recovery Revitalisation Programme, we’re introducing 450 SMARTbikes – which means we currently have a surplus of used bikes.
“We’re really keen to see these 100 Belfast Bikes being put to good use, and know that the city’s innovative, resourceful social economy organisations and charities will be able to upcycle them to sell on or gift to the local community, strip the bikes for parts, or come up with an entirely new use that will create a positive social impact. We’re focused on creating a greener, better connected city, so we’re hoping this will also have positive impacts on the environment and people’s health; by reusing this equipment rather than dumping it, and encouraging more people to get around the city by bike.”
Social enterprises, co-operatives and charities that would like to be considered for this opportunity should email firstname.lastname@example.org for an Expression of Interest Form and return it by the deadline of 29 January 2021. A minimum of five bikes will be allocated to each organisation that meets the guidelines on a first come, first served basis.
For more information, go to www.belfastcity.gov.uk/belfastbikes