Bikes help to give hope to Bradford addicts

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: PC Luke Eliasz and Michael Carr from the Bridge project look at one of the bikes PC Luke Eliasz and Michael Carr from the Bridge project look at one of the bikes

Recovering drug addicts are patching up stolen and wrecked bikes donated by police to aid their own rehabilitation.

The project is part of a recycle and cycle initiative between police and Bridge, Bradford’s biggest drugs charity. In the last two months, 12 bikes have been handed to the charity in various states of disrepair and have been mended to the point they can be reused.

Jon Royle, the chief executive of the Bridge, said that a workshop based at the charity headquarters in Salem Street was used by volunteers to fix the bikes and helped give them a structure as they recovered from addiction.

“We have a group who come along and make the bikes as good as new,” he said.

“It has been running two months and we will either donate the bikes or donate them to other charities. It is really good because some of those participants at one time would be out there pinching bikes and shoplifting and this gives them something useful to do with their time. They are interested in learning some new skills. They work on the bikes and fix them up and also see the benefits of recycling.

“We have got the support from the police, and they are not just detecting and preventing crime, they are helping in a more direct way and are helping us provide a better service.

“It is very important because we provide treatment services for clients recovery and this is alot more than that. We are helping people get a sense of self worth and they feel they are doing something useful.”

Inspector Vicky Lawrance of the City Ward Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “We realised that there were a number of seized bikes where their original owners could not be identified. These had been recovered following thefts, burglaries or during our proactive policing operations. Rather than leaving the bikes within our property stores, we decided to put them to good use and approached the Bridge Project.

“The bikes will provide a focus for those aiming to achieve rehablitation from drugs, encouraging them to learn new skills.”

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9:25am Mon 12 Nov 12

johnhem says...

there must be a lot of bikes needed, there are still self-help addicts helping themself if the figures for stolen cycles are anything to go by.
there must be a lot of bikes needed, there are still self-help addicts helping themself if the figures for stolen cycles are anything to go by. johnhem

10:47am Mon 12 Nov 12

Apollo says...

What efforts - if any - do the Police make to get stolen bikes back to their owners?

It's a rhetorical question because the answer is nil effort.
What efforts - if any - do the Police make to get stolen bikes back to their owners? It's a rhetorical question because the answer is nil effort. Apollo

4:05pm Mon 12 Nov 12

johnhem says...

in fairness apollo it is hard to get the bikes back to owners if they have no post code stamped on them. they made a big thing out of that several years ago but i have heard nothing about it since then.
maybe an idea as xmas approaches to highlight it, no doubt there will be quite a few sold. i should think a lot of shops would be willing to do that as you wait.
in fairness apollo it is hard to get the bikes back to owners if they have no post code stamped on them. they made a big thing out of that several years ago but i have heard nothing about it since then. maybe an idea as xmas approaches to highlight it, no doubt there will be quite a few sold. i should think a lot of shops would be willing to do that as you wait. johnhem

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