ScotRail to give abandoned bikes at stations to charity

The Scottish rail provider has announced a new policy of renewing or recycling bikes left at stations

Clock08:31, Saturday 13th April 2024
Abandoned bikes take up a lot of space at station bike racks

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Abandoned bikes take up a lot of space at station bike racks

ScotRail, Scotland's train operating company, has announced a new policy that will see abandoned bikes either recycled or given to cycling charity Cycling UK to be redistributed to those in need.

To identify abandoned bikes, ScotRail will put labels on bikes that haven't moved for some time. If the label is still in place a few weeks later, the bike will be stored for three months, during which the owner can reclaim it.

If unclaimed, the bike will be passed over to Cycling UK, who will give it to someone who needs it. Cycling UK is associated with bike recycling initiatives all around the UK, so they are well placed to feed abandoned bikes into local recycling initiatives that can give them a new lease of life and redistribute them.

To make sure no one gets their bike accidentally donated, ScotRail will be putting up signs around their stations stating what happens to bikes that are left untouched for a long period.

On announcing the news, David Lister, ScotRail Safety and Sustainability Director said:

"It’s great to see so many of our customers cycle to our stations, but it’s right that we maintain sufficient cycle parking by removing and recycling unwanted or abandoned bikes.

"Our new policy will be highlighted to customers through improved signage, and there is a three-month grace period for abandoned bikes to be reclaimed.

"We’re delighted to be able to collaborate with Cycling UK, enabling abandoned bikes to be renewed or reused, sharing ScotRail’s commitment to delivering low-carbon, environmentally friendly ways to travel."

Meanwhile, Sarah McMonagle, Director of external affairs at Cycling UK, said:

"Recycling an abandoned bike can change someone’s life, so we’re delighted that ScotRail is rolling out this fantastic initiative.

"The benefits of cycling are huge, but you can’t choose to cycle if you don’t have access to a bike.

"This scheme will provide new owners with the health and wellbeing benefits that come from cycling, plus increased independence through a low-cost transport option."

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