Stolen bicycles find new homes in Brent schools

Brent bicycle scheme

Stolen bicycles are being given to schools across Brent as part of a new council initiative to encourage the use of more sustainable forms of transport.

ReCycle, carried out in partnership with the Metropolitan Police, is designed to support the uptake of cycling by giving pupils the opportunity to learn to ride in a safe environment.

A number of schools – including Newman Catholic College – have already benefited from the scheme, which sees the confiscated bicycles refurbished, rather than destroyed.

As well as bicycles, the schools receive helmets and high visibility jackets and with cycle skills training also organised.

Cllr Shama Tatler, Brent Council cabinet member responsible for transport, said:

“Children are being encouraged to get more active and cycle to and from school but some, through no fault of their own, don’t have access to a bicycle and are missing out.

“This new initiative is a fantastic opportunity for fun and exercise, whilst encouraging more sustainable forms of travelling and making use of bikes that would have otherwise been destroyed.”

Daniel Coyle, Head Teacher at Newman Catholic College, said:

“We’re delighted to be the first school in Brent to get involved in this programme.

“We’re confident that our young people will become fitter, happier and more successful students as a result of their participation in this exciting initiative.”

12 July 2018