Launch of the Pre-loved Bike Sale lets Tameside’s children enjoy affordable bikes

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THE FIRST Pre-loved Bike Sale took place recently at
Bennett Street Youth and was attended by cared for children and carers. 
 
Tameside Council’s Population Health team, Participation team for
Cared for Children, Youth Services and Community Safety are working in
collaboration with Suez Recycling and Manchester Bike Kitchen Community
Interest Company to offer a pre-loved bike sales in Tameside.  
 
The invitation only event gave cared for children the opportunity to
test out refurbished bikes and purchase them at an affordable price. The
bikes are reclaimed through donations and deposits at recycling centres
across Greater Manchester. The bikes are then refurbished by Manchester
Bike Kitchen’s trained mechanics at the Renew Hub in Trafford Park. 
 
Executive Member for health, social care and population health,
Councillor Eleanor Wills attended the launch and said: 
 
‘’The pre-loved bike sale is an excellent opportunity for every
child to have access to a safe and affordable bike. The offer of a
re-furbished bike enables barriers to be broken, giving children equal
access and hopefully encouraging them to get outdoors and enjoy
exercising. 
 
Not only is this a great initiative to give all children and their
foster families better access to bikes, up-cycling bikes is also
beneficial for the environment. Children outgrow their bikes quickly and
they can easily and unnecessarily end up in a landfill, this scheme
prevents that by giving them a new lease of life. Well done and thank
you to everyone who has made this possible.’’ 
 
Youth services were on hand to help the children test out the bikes,
loan safety equipment and to introduce families to other local cycling
sessions and facilities they offer in Tameside. Community Safety were
also on site to offer advice on how to protect their bikes against
theft. There was also the opportunity to sign their bikes up to the
eRegister scheme, a scheme which reunites owners with lost or stolen
bikes  
 
Young people who are cared for spoke to elected members and asked for
them to support all cared for children learning to cycle and having
their own bike. This event was an opportunity for their voices to be
heard and for action to be taken. 
 
Councillor Bill Fairfoull, Tameside Council’s Deputy Executive Leader
with responsibility for Children and Families, commented: "Every child
loves to cycle and our Tameside Cared for Children are no different.
This project will hopefully allow more of our children to experience
cycling. It's a fantastic initiative and well done to all involved" 
 
In addition to improving health inequalities in Tameside, the pre-loved
bike sale benefits the environment. Children outgrow bikes quickly and
so many are sent to landfill unnecessarily or left to rust. This scheme
repurposes bikes that children have outgrown, restoring and
redistributing for another child to enjoy. The affordable price also
means that parents or carers can upsize their child’s bike at a
fraction of the cost. 
 
Daniel Carolan, Regional Operations Manager, SUEZ recycling and recovery
UK said, “We are delighted to be supporting the pre-loved bike sale
with bikes donated by residents and repaired by our partners Manchester
Bike Kitchen in our Renew Hub. We are looking to create an inclusive
journey towards a circular economy with the Hub, as well as something
that truly benefits the communities of Greater Manchester. We hope that
the bikes today that have been given a new lease of life themselves help
to do the same for the families involved.” 
 
The launch of the pre-loved bike sale follows many requests from cared
for children to have access to bikes. Hopefully this event will be the
first of many pre-loved bike sales in Tameside. 
 

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