Over 300 bicycles have been donated to charity by train operator Greater Anglia; A monthly scheme ran by the company.
The Scheme in Full: Donations to ‘Re-Cycle’
The abandoned cycles were donated to Re-Cycle. The charity sends the bikes to rural communities in Africa. Cycles left at stations across the network were tagged; If the tag was removed from the cycle after a period of time, then it indicated it was still in use and left on the station. Any with tags left on were then removed and donated to charity.
Over 1,000 cycles were tagged at stations including Broxbourne, Norwich, Cambridge cycle point and Chelmsford.
As well as sending the bikes to Africa, Re-Cycle also trains mechanics on how to repair and service the bikes.
Krzysztof Drozd, Greater Anglia Station Cleaning & Waste Manager, said:
“We are very pleased to support Re-Cycle by donating these abandoned bikes from various station across our network.
People living in rural Africa can walk for miles a day to collect water, or to get to school or work. A bike can change someone’s life, and we are pleased to be able to help Re-Cycle with their mission to help people in Africa access sustainable bike transport.
“We would like to remind passengers that our cycle storage facilities are for short term use only and people should not leave cycles for longer periods of time. We would also advise cyclists to use good quality locks while securing their bikes.”
Claire Kettle, Operations Director for the charity Re-Cycle said: “Re-Cycle is delighted to partner with Greater Anglia and very grateful for all of the abandoned bicycles donated to us this year. These bikes help so many people in Africa with no other transport options to be independent and the added benefit of our reuse and repurpose ethic, is fewer bikes being sent to landfill in the UK.”
The scheme is ran throughout the year and helps with global development – a worthy cause indeed.
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