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Middlesbrough youngsters customise their bikes to get into cycling
YOUNG people are getting into cycling by customising their machines in a special project.
The Pimp My Bike project is helping them to recycle old bikes by customising and redesigning them before stripping down the cycles and spray-painting and rebuilding them.
When they have completed and taken ownership of their refurbished bike, those involved will have gained the knowledge and skills required forn an OCN Level 1 qualification in Bicycle Maintenance.
Pimp My Bike runs throughout the summer holidays and is held at the Newport Settlement Hub in St Paul’s Road.
The initiative is now in its fifth year, and in 2010 won a Middlesbrough Environment City Young Persons Project Award.
Police Community Support Officer and Integrated Youth Support Service worker Michelle Crinnion, who leads the project, said: “I am delighted that so many different agencies have come together again to support Pimp My Bike.
“It’s this partnership approach that has enabled this successful and award-winning project to continue and grow.
“Every year the project attracts interest from lots of young people across Middlesbrough and we’re already getting expressions of interest for next year.”
Pimp My Bike was funded by North Middlesbrough Youth Association, bicycles were provided by Cleveland Police and Tascor and the delivery of the project involved staff from Cleveland Police, IYSS and Middlesbrough Cycle Centre.
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