Catterick Garrison Rides High In Community Cycle Campaign


Catterick Garrison is gearing up for continued success as a bike library after taking stock of more cycles for children and their families - who would not otherwise have access to a cycle - to borrow and ride for free.

The garrison, one of 61 Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries across the county, loans out cycles to garrison families and the local community.

Launched in July 2016, the library which is based at the ‘Go Ride’ club at the Army Welfare Service, repairs and restores broken bikes before loaning them out.

The initiative has been further boosted with the handover of more cycles from multi award-winning vehicle leasing provider Synergy Car Leasing, a Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries donation station.

Since the New Year, Synergy has been collecting bicycles from businesses and residents across North and West Yorkshire as well as accepting donations at its Hornbeam Park headquarters in Harrogate.

A champion of giving back to its local communities, Synergy has collected 200 unused or unwanted bikes since spearheading its campaign in 2018.


Welcome to Yorkshire’s Commercial Director, Peter Dodd said: “It’s fantastic that Synergy’s ambitious campaign has been such a huge success, giving more children, who otherwise wouldn’t have access, the opportunity to borrow and ride a bike for free. As a Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries Donation Station, Synergy is going from strength to strength and becoming an invaluable resource to the local community - I hope people continue donating their bikes to the team!”

Neil Brimer, Community Support Development Worker at Catterick Garrison, said: “It’s been tremendous for us as a bike library to see this project go from strength to strength. A big ‘thank you’ to the Synergy team whose great work will enable even more families to enjoy the cycling and scenery.”   

Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries was launched by Welcome to Yorkshire and Yorkshire Bank as a legacy of the Tour de France Grand Départ in 2014. The initiative aims to make cycling more accessible by giving every child in Yorkshire an opportunity to borrow and ride a bike, free of charge.

Paul Parkinson, Synergy Car Leasing MD, commented: “We’re delighted to have expanded our involvement by going out on the road to pick up cycles and further boost this wonderful community resource making a positive difference.”


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