More than 10,000 children in Rotterdam do not have a bicycle: there is no money for it at home. A bad thing, in Rotterdam’s opinion, is that today, together with the ANWB, a collection campaign for used children’s bicycles is starting. There are drop-off points throughout the city until September 30. It is even possible to have your old bicycle picked up.
Not being able to go to the school garden, not going out with friends, always walking everywhere. Not having your own bike is pretty annoying. More than 10,000 children are involved in Rotterdam, the municipality knows. Many young Rotterdammers hardly learn how to ride a bicycle. With the current energy crisis and inflation, it is expected that more and more children in the Maasstad will have to do without a bicycle.
Rotterdam would like to see that differently and is holding a local collection campaign together with the ANWB. There is hope for a lot of enthusiasm. The ANWB already has the Children’s Bicycle Plan and has been collecting used children’s bicycles throughout the Netherlands for some time to – after a refurbishment by volunteers – donate to low-income families. Now it is a local action together with the municipality.
“Not having a bicycle is hard to imagine in a country where cycling is self-evident. That is why we want to collect as many second-hand children’s bicycles as possible for these children with this campaign,” says a municipal spokesperson. “So that children learn to cycle safely at an early age. Especially in a busy city like Rotterdam.”
Until September 30, everyone can hand in their unused children’s bicycle. That’s possible 10 spots spread throughout the city, especially at bicycle shops and aid organizations.
All used two-wheelers are checked and refurbished by the people of the sheltered workshops in Rotterdam. The bicycles are then distributed via social organizations and primary schools. De Fietsbank Rotterdam ensures that the two-wheelers end up with the children who need it most.
Source: NU by www.nu.nl.
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