ScotRail to donate or recycle bikes abandoned on rail network

ScotRail will be introducing a new policy for bikes found abandoned on the railway network.

Bikes abandoned on Scotland’s railway to be recycled or donated to cycling charity by ScotRail Getty Images

Bikes that have been abandoned on Scotland’s railway network are to be renewed or recycled under a new ScotRail policy.

Staff will be able to identify and label bikes considered to be abandoned before placing them into secure storage to be reclaimed.

If the bikes aren’t reclaimed within three months, they will be recycled or donated to ScotRail’s nominated cycling charity for reuse.

Cycling UK has been chosen by ScotRail to support redistribution of any unclaimed bikes.

New signage will be rolled out across all ScotRail’s stations, designed to inform owners about the new policy.

David Lister, ScotRail safety and sustainability director, said: “It’s great to see so many of our customers cycle to our stations, but it’s right that we maintain sufficient cycle parking by removing and recycling unwanted or abandoned bikes.

“Our new policy will be highlighted to customers through improved signage, and there is a three-month grace period for abandoned bikes to be reclaimed.

“We’re delighted to be able to collaborate with Cycling UK, enabling abandoned bikes to be renewed or reused, sharing ScotRail’s commitment to delivering low-carbon, environmentally friendly ways to travel.”

Sarah McMonagle, director of external affairs at Cycling UK, added: “Recycling an abandoned bike can change someone’s life, so we’re delighted that ScotRail is rolling out this fantastic initiative.

“The benefits of cycling are huge, but you can’t choose to cycle if you don’t have access to a bike.

“This scheme will provide new owners with the health and wellbeing benefits that come from cycling, plus increased independence through a low-cost transport option.”

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