Paint your bike red and yellow for Tour

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.

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

Schools and community groups across Northumberland are taking part in the colourful project to paint and display bikes to celebrate the county’s stages of the race in September.

Two legs of the race are being held in the county, on September 9 and 10, and 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 promoting cycling and related activities.

The project organisers want to collect as many bikes as possible over July and August and they are calling on the public to ensure its success.

Coun Anne Dale, chairman of the council’s walking and cycling board, said: “Lots of school and community schemes are taking part and we would love more people to get involved by donating a bike or by setting up their own bike-decorating group.

“Bikes that are fixable will be donated to North East recycling projects, and others that are beyond fixing, but still look like bikes, will be decorated to add a real Northumbrian red and yellow splash of colour to the race routes.

“Northumberland is going to look fantastic.”

Bikes can be taken to any of the local waste recycling sites in the county, where they will be kept for use by the project.

Members of the public will also be able to take their unwanted bikes to collection points for the project at the following locations on Wednesday, August 5:

Berwick – 9.30am to 10.30 amat the Swan Centre car park

Wooler – 11.30am to 12.30 pm at the Padgepool Place car park

Amble – 1.30pm to 2.30pm at the Coquet Street car park.

The eight-stage race runs from September 6 to 13 with the Northumberland stages taking place on Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10. Full route details can be found at www.nlandtob.com