Charity pedals bikes

PUBLISHED: 15:33 13 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:24 31 May 2010

Gordon Ashley and Chris Richards work on a bike
Picture: MICHAEL BOYTON

Gordon Ashley and Chris Richards work on a bike Picture: MICHAEL BOYTON

DO YOU have an unused bicycle sitting in your garage, gathering dust, its days of providing you with blissful two-wheeled freedom long gone? Maybe you have replaced it with a better model, or no longer get a chance to use it, or it has become too run down

DO YOU have an unused bicycle sitting in your garage, gathering dust, its days of providing you with blissful two-wheeled freedom long gone?

Maybe you have replaced it with a better model, or no longer get a chance to use it, or it has become too run down for you to bother fixing.

If so, you're not alone - one in three households in the UK has an "idle bike" in storage; around Cambridge that number rises to one in two.

Chief executive of Sawston-based charity OWL, Gill Riley, is appealing to people in Uttlesford to give up their idle bikes and donate them to a charitable cause.

She said: "Some 500 bikes each month are committed to the landfill sites at Thriplow and Milton. At OWL Bikes we make good use of every bike we're given - even if it just means selling the metal for scrap."

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