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Bike library opens in former prison

October 10, 2017 2:09 PM
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A VICTORIAN prison has proved the perfect home for a bike bank, where dozens of bicycles are now locked up.

The Coast and Dale Bike Library has been running for just over a year, and now has a new home in the 1866-built Grade II-listed Scarborough prison.

The bike library allows people of all ages to borrow a bike for free, including adapted bikes.

Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “The coast and dale bike library has been such a success and provides an invaluable service to its community, so I’m really pleased it’s found a new home.

“And what a fantastic new home it is – not many people will have seen inside the Scarborough Prison before, so visiting the bike library will be a great experience for two reasons: they can borrow a bicycle for free and also see inside a time-capsule.”

Anyone can donate a bike to the scheme and once donated, the bikes are then fixed up and hired out.

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