RESIDENTS are being encouraged to donate their unwanted bikes to people in need.
Re-Cycle rescues unwanted bikes from the UK and ships them to Africa, where they are refurbished and distributed to people who need them.
As part of a partnership with Halfords stores, people can donate their unwanted bikes to the store on Hambledon Road, Waterlooville.
Chris Boardman, MBE, has just become Re-Cycle’s first patron. He said: ‘A total of 87,000 bikes have already been delivered but the charity needs more.
‘I’m appealing to Waterlooville residents to dig out their old bikes and take them to Halfords for use by communities in some of the most isolated parts of Africa.’
Merlin Matthews, founder and chief executive of Re-Cycle, said: ‘Transport in parts of rural Africa is either non-existent or too expensive. Riding a bike allows people to cover four times more ground and carry more load in weight than a person on foot, and is the only affordable transport choice for millions of people across Africa.’