Bike recycling is good for the wallet and the conscience

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A BIKE recycling charity has joined up with Halfords in Portsmouth and Fareham in an initiative to use unwanted bicycles to provide life-changing, affordable transport to communities in Africa.

Halfords is collecting second-hand cycles at its stores until Monday, March 24, and offering a 10 per cent discount for donors wanting to purchase a new cycle.

Suitable bikes will be overhauled and shipped to Africa where they will help health workers reach communities in need, children get to school, parents get to jobs and farmers transport goods to market.

Re~Cycle also teaches people how to repair and maintain the cycles, providing sustainable employment and transport.

Merlin Matthews, the founder of Re~Cycle, added: ‘We’re really excited about the trade-in event, which is part of our long-term partnership with Halfords and helps in our ambition – to get access to all those unwanted bikes and raise awareness of how people here can very easily assist those in need in Africa.’

Bikes most in demand by Re~Cycle are sturdy mountain bikes for teenagers and adults.

However, all bikes that are in a reasonable condition, including children’s bikes, will be accepted by Halfords provided they are complete with no cracks in the frame and less than 25 per cent rust.

Halfords’ chief executive officer Matt Davies said: ‘Bikes can transform the lives of people in Africa.’