A MAJOR bank will scour the county for unused bikes as part of an initiative to allow children to try their hand in cycling.

Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries has been set up to collect bikes, in all conditions, where they are repaired and made available for families with children.

On February 25 and 26, the scheme will relaunch across North Yorkshire.

Helen Page of Yorkshire Bank said: "Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries is a wonderful initiative which provides people the length and breadth of Yorkshire with the opportunity to experience the benefits of cycling.

"I’m delighted that our team in the Harrogate branch were able to get behind this latest drive for donations which will ensure even more bikes are available across the region in 2019."

The initiative was set up in December 2014, and since then, more than 6,000 bikes have been donated to the cause.

Sir Gary Verity chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, who partners the scheme, said: "The Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries initiative is going from strength to strength – this tour offers an ideal opportunity for more people across the county to donate their bikes and give more children – a chance to enjoy the thrill of riding a bike."