Glasgow children's cycling initiative appeals for unwanted bikes

Glasgow-based Play on Pedals is asking for donations of children's bikes to encourage more youngsters to get pedalling

Children's ride, Bike Blenheim Palace 2010

A Commonwealth Games legacy that has taught over 650 Glasgow four-year-olds how to ride a bike is appealing for the public’s help.

Play on Pedals was launched to coincide with last summer’s Games and is funded by the People’s Postcode Lottery’s Dream Fund which allows all training to be free.

The initiative, though, is low on bikes and it wants people across Scotland to donate unwanted and unused bikes to provide a greater range of cycles for the toddlers.

Even bikes that have fell into disrepair are wanted, for every bike will be repaired by trainee mechanics at Barlinnie Prison.

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“By donating small balance and pedal bikes that your kids have out-grown, you can make a huge difference,” Polly Jarman, the scheme’s Development Officer said. “Every bike will be fixed up and delivered to nurseries, particularly in areas where bike ownership is low.

The lessons, provided by a few of the 125-trained instructors, take place around the city’s nurseries and community groups, with 91 locations already providing a venue for the first steps into cycling.

For information on when to drop the bikes off, visit the Play on Pedals website.

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