Avenues Bicycle Project Closes Its Doors
February 25th saw the Avenues Bicycle Project’s final shipment take place, travelling from Hymers College to Sierra Leone. After eight years and over 4’000 bikes recycled, the organisation has now closed its doors.
Avenues Bike Project Co-Ordinator, Chris Jarrell, stated:
“Of the 4,000 bikes recycled, over 3’200 were transported to West Africa, with the remainder redirected to charities in Hull. Three of the shipping containers were donated to NGOs in Freetown. The organisation provided hundreds of hours of work for prisoners, in local prisons, who would work on the bikes during the day in order to restore them for shipping. None of this could be done without the help of a lot of friends and supporters who gave bikes, money, time, energy, and listening ear, words of advice and encouragement – and even free storage for our bikes! A big thank you.”
In 2016, we were fortunate enough to support the charity by volunteering a space for the team to host their shipping container throughout the years. In 2017, we also launched a collection on behalf of the charity; collecting 92 bikes in total.