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Cycling out of the scrapheap

By June 21, 2018January 26th, 2021Member News & Updates, Why Exeter blog

Discarded old bikes are being turned back into fit-to-ride machines thanks to an initiative in Exeter.

Exeter City Council has teamed up with Exeter-based charity Ride On Cycling For All to get more and more people cycling more often.

Old and unloved bikes found dumped around the city or picked up as part of the Council’s Bulky Waste collections are sent to Ride On, who refurbish them to a high standard and put them up for sale at very affordable prices to achieve their charitable aim of getting more people riding more affordable bikes more often.

Cllr David Harvey, Lead Councillor for Place, said: “Previously we would have sent these bikes off to a scrap metal dealer, so it’s very heartening that they are now being given another life thanks to this partnership and we are bringing affordable bikes to the people ofExeter.”

Martyn Laxton (pictured), Founder and Chief Executive of Ride On, who are based at Exeter Quay, said: “We are passionate about getting more people riding affordable bikes and this arrangement with our City Council gives us the opportunity to refurbish more bikes. It’s a win-win situation for everyone!”

To find out more about Ride On and how to buy or donate a refurbished bike, get involved as a trustee or volunteer just go to