Donate old bikes to become street decoration

Pupils at the Northumberland School Games with the Aviva Tour of Britain mascot painting a bike red and yellow.
Pupils at the Northumberland School Games with the Aviva Tour of Britain mascot painting a bike red and yellow.

Northumberland residents are being asked to donate or decorate their unwanted bikes to help turn the county red and yellow for the Aviva Tour of Britain cycle race.

A number of schools and community groups across the county have already agreed to take part in the colourful project by painting and displaying bikes to celebrate the Northumberland stages of the race on September 9 and 10.

The aim is to decorate the race routes with bikes painted in the distinctive Northumberland colour scheme.

The community arts project is being co-ordinated by Northumberland County Council, Active Northumberland and WATBike (a Northumberland-based organisation that promotes cycling and related activities within the county).

The Tour of Britain will be broadcast in more than 166 countries, including live coverage on the ITV network, and will raise the profile of the county to an international audience.

Full Northumberland route details can be found at

Colin Hall, cycle development officer at WATBike, said: “If you own a bike that you no longer need and would be happy to donate it to the project, there are a number of ways to do so. We are setting up collection points across the county and people can also donate a bike at Northumberland County Council’s household waste centres.”

The collection points and days for unwanted bikes include the following – Wednesday, August 5: Coquet Street car park in Amble from 1.30pm to 2.30pm; Wednesday, August 12: Outside Ashington Leisure Centre between 9.30am and 10.30am and outside Concordia Leisure Centre in Cramlington from 11.30am to 12.30pm; Wednesday, August 19: Prudhoe Waterworld car park between 9.30am and 10.30am and Wentworth car park in Hexham from 1.30pm to 2.30pm.

If you are interested in supporting the project, but are unable to donate at the collection days, then feel free to contact Northumberland County Council on 01670 624762 and the Tour of Britain team will be happy to discuss any ideas you may have.