Donate unwanted bikes for the Tour

Pupils at the Northumberland School Games painting a bike.
Pupils at the Northumberland School Games painting a bike.

Northumberland residents are being asked to donate or decorate their unwanted bikes to help turn the county ‘red and yellow’ for the Aviva Tour of Britain cycle race.

Schools and community groups across the county are taking part in the colourful project painting and displaying bikes to celebrate the Northumberland stages of the race in September.

Two legs of the race are being held in the county in September, and the aim is to decorate the race routes with bikes painted in the Northumberland colour scheme.

Project organisers want to collect as many bikes as possible over July and August, and they are calling on the public to ensure its success.

Coun Anne Dale, chair of the Council’s Walking and Cycling Board, said: “Lots of school and community schemes are taking part and we would love more people to get involved by donating a bike or by setting up their own bike decorating group.

“Bikes that are fixable will be donated to north east recycling projects, and others that are beyond fixing, but still look like bikes, will be decorated to add a real Northumbrian red and yellow splash of colour to the race routes. Northumberland is going to look fantastic.”

Bikes can be taken to any of the local waste recycling sites in the county, where they will be kept for use by the project.

Drop off an unwanted bike on August 12, outside Ashington Leisure Centre from 9.30am-10.30am, Concordia Leisure Centre between 11.30am and 12.30pm and Blyth market place between 1.30pm and 2.30pm.