A POPULAR festive event to give youngsters a two-wheeled lease of life is back next week.

Middlesbrough Environment City’s Christmas Bike Swap 2017 will be at the Middlesbrough Bike Academy, in Albert Park on Wednesday, December 13 from 10am to 3pm.

The successful scheme has been running for five years, and this year features 15 recycled bikes ready and waiting to find new homes with children aged three to nine.

All the bikes have been up-cycled and safety checked by qualified mechanics.

Middlesbrough Environment City Active Travel Co-ordinator Mike O’Reilly said the Bike Swap was a great opportunity for residents to bring along bikes which have been outgrown or have fallen into disrepair and swap them for recycled bikes.

Any suitable bikes ‘swapped’ into the project will also receive a safety check and be made available on the day.

The project recycles around 40 bikes back into the community every year.

Mike said: “Too many bikes are abandoned because they’re too small or need a repair or two.

“But with a little love and a spot of expert attention, they can be revived to play a priceless role in creating some great childhood memories.

“The popularity of this scheme speaks for itself – I’d urge anyone who has a child relative and wants to get a recycled bike for them to come along and see what we have to offer.

“Recycled bikes are also available for those that don’t have a bike to swap.”

A new addition to this year’s events are the Dr Bike Safety Sessions being delivered from Middlesbrough Cycle Centre at the Bus Station and are useful for those that have purchased a bike as a gift and would like it checking over.

The sessions are free of charge and are available on Tuesday, December 19, Wednesday, December 20 and Thursday, December 21 between of 10am and 3pm.

  • The MEC Christmas Bike Swap 2017 takes place at the Middlesbrough Bike Academy in Albert Park on Wednesday, December 13 from 10am to 3pm

For more information contact Middlesbrough Environment City on 01642 579820.