Brighton and Hove's abandoned bikes donated to charity

Posted On 16 Dec 2010 at 5:46 am

Bikes that were abandoned in Brighton and Hove are being refurbished and sold to raise money for charity.

Forty eight unclaimed bicycles have been collected by the Brighton and Hove City Council highways enforcement team.

They have been handed over to Sussex Central YMCA and are being repaired by Future Jobs Fund worker Tariq Al-Mussawi.

Once repaired and roadworthy, the bikes will be sold locally at affordable prices.

The project, which is being run as a six-month trial, is being treated as a way of encouraging residents to try cycling without spending a fortune on a new bike.

Money from the sale of the bikes will be used to cover the running costs of the scheme.

Councillor Geoffrey Theobald, the council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “This is an excellent scheme which not only provides reliable secondhand bikes at affordable prices but provides new job opportunities for young people and helps reduce the amount of waste destined for landfill.”

The first bikes will go on sale next spring on ebay and at the YMCA centre at Chalk Pit, 213 Mile Oak Road, Portslade.

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