New lease of life for old bikes

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Abandoned bikes left rusting across the University of Sheffield campus are being given a new lease of life and sold on to students and staff in a bid to promote cycling as an alternative form of transport.

More than 100 recycled bikes a year are refurbished by ReCycle Bikes in partnership with the Heeley Development Trust before being sold on to students.

Darren Hardwick, of the university’s estates and facilities management department, said: “Some of these bikes will have come from University donation sessions or collections of unwanted bikes.

“The students and staff pay £30 for a bike with the remaining cost subsidised by the university, and it all goes back to ReCycle Bikes to cover costs.”

Bikes which cannot be refurbished and sold are being recycled.