A GENEROUS man is hoping to rev up interest from young people to get involved in his recycle-a-bike scheme.
Lee Farmer is a trained bike mechanic and is putting his skills to use to teach 18-25-year-olds in the Express area how to build up the bicycles from scrap.
Old bikes which would have otherwise been scrapped were donated but with Mr Farmer’s keen recycling ethics, they are transform them into working machines which are kept by the young people.
Mr Farmer, 38, of Wentworth Drive, South Kirkby, said: “It is a great outlet for these people, and they can see at the end of it what can be achieved if they put their minds to it.”
As a trained mechanic he ensures that they meet health and safety standards and then the young people take away their own bike.
They also receive a cycle industry recognised certificate.
The eight-week course is funded by Wakefield Council, but he hopes that more sponsorship from other organisation to enable him to provide more courses.
He said: “It’s just a great way to give young people something to work towards. It gives them actual skills they can take with them and go on to get jobs.”
He has been running the courses at the Broad Lane Business Park, South Elmsall, since April last year.
To take part in the course, visit www.reversethecycle.org.uk or contact Mr Farmer on 07917 573 724.