Paint your bike red and yellow for cycle race

Paint your bike red and yellow for cycle race

17 July 2015

The people of Northumberland are being asked to donate or decorate their unwanted bikes to help turn the county ‘red and yellow’ for the Aviva Tour of Britain cycle race.

Schools and community groups across the county are taking part in the colourful project painting and displaying bikes to celebrate the Northumberland stages of the race in September.

Two legs of the race are being held in the county, on September 9-10, 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 within the county.

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.

Councillor Anne Dale, Chair 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.

Colin Hall, Cycle Development Officer, WATBike, said: “If you own a bike that you no longer need and would be happy to donate it to the project, there are a number of ways to do so.

“We are setting up collection points across the county and people can also donate a bike at Northumberland County Council’s household waste centres.”

Andy Hudson, head teacher, Mickley First School, Stocksfield: “The pupils are getting excited about the Tour of Britain and they will be painting the bikes we have collected in bright red and yellow colours once they return after the summer holidays.”

Members of the public will be able to take their unwanted bikes to collection points for the project at the following locations:

Wednesday 5th August
Berwick 9.30 – 10.30 at the Swan Centre car park
Wooler 11.30 – 12.30 at the Padgepool Place car park
Amble 13.30 – 14.30 Coquet Street car park

Wednesday 12th August
Ashington 9.30 – 10.30 outside Ashington Leisure Centre
Cramlington 11.30 – 12.30 outside Concordia Leisure Centre
Blyth 13.30 – 14.30 at the marketplace

Wednesday 19th August
Prudhoe 9.30 – 10.30 at Prudhoe Waterworld car park
Stocksfield 11.30 – 12.30 at Stocksfield railway station car park
Hexham 13.30 – 14.30 at Wentworth car park

If you are interested in supporting the project but are unable to donate at the collection days, then feel free to contact Northumberland County Council on 01670 624762 and the Tour of Britain team will be happy to discuss any ideas you may have.

David Hall, Head of Leisure, Strategy and Transformation at Northumbrian Water said: “This was a striking idea when the Tour came to Yorkshire and we are delighted at the idea of seeing lots of brightly coloured bikes popping up around Northumberland.

“We are hoping for a chain reaction across the county with lots of people joining in the bike donation and decoration.”

Bruce Ledger, Chief Executive of Active Northumberland, said: “The Aviva Tour of Britain is the UK’s largest professional cycle race and is broadcast all around the world so it is a great chance to showcase the county as a fabulous place to visit and cycle in.”

The eight-stage race runs from 6-13 September with the Northumberland stages taking place on Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 September – full Northumberland route details can be found at

On Stage Four of the tour, the race will start in Scotland and then enter Northumberland heading along a route from Ford, where a SKODA King of the Mountains competition will take place, to Wooler and Alnwick, before continuing down the spectacular Northumberland coastline to finish the leg in Blyth.

The tour re-starts the following morning from Prudhoe with Stage Five, where the race will include a YodelDirect Sprint that will take place in Hexham and a SKODA King of the Mountains climb from Haydon Bridge to Hadrian’s Wall, the race will then head across the Pennines into Cumbria before ending in a summit finish on Hartside Fell.

The Tour will be broadcast in over 166 countries, including live coverage on the ITV network, and will raise the profile of the county to an international audience.

Images: Hi-res images are available of school pupils with collected/decorated bikes.

Media contact: Carl Stiansen, communications officer, Northumberland County Council,
Phone: 01670 622414 or email:

Media Notes:
The Aviva Tour of Britain is the UK’s largest professional cycle race and Britain’s biggest free-to-attend-live annual sporting event. The race will go through 29 communities in Northumberland over the two days, covering approximately 112miles (181kms) in the county over two days of racing.

Starting from Edinburgh, Stage Four will head through East Lothian and the Scottish Borders, before heading to Wooler, Alnwick, Warkworth, Amble, Ashington, Bedlington, Cramlington, Seaton Delaval and the spectacular Northumberland coastline, with the finish coming in Blyth.

Stage Five departs from Prudhoe heading through Riding Mill, Hexham, Haydon Bridge before tracing Hadrian’s Wall as the tour crosses the Pennines and returns to Cumbria finishing at Hartside Fell.

Northumberland has a strong network of cycling clubs and events, from mass participation sportifs such as the Virgin Money Cyclone in the south of the County, to the Wooler Wheel in the north, and professional races such as the Tour of the Reservoir and Beaumont Trophy, and spectacular long distance cycle paths including the C2C and the Sandstone Way.

ITV will screen three-hours of live coverage of every stage, starting on ITV for the opening Wales stage before reverting to ITV4 for Stages Two to Eight. ITV4 will also screen a one-hour highlights programme each evening during the race.

After the Stage Five finish on Hartside Fell, the Aviva Tour of Britain will include stages in the Peak District, between Stoke-on-Trent and Nottingham, and Norfolk and Suffolk, before a final stage in the heart of London, starting and finishing on Regent Street St James.

For full information, please visit:

Active Northumberland: is a charitable leisure and cultural trust that manages leisure facilities and services, libraries, supports culture, helps to develop tourism, and promotes healthy lifestyles. For more information, please visit

Northumbrian Water: contact: Janine Scott, Corporate Affairs Advisor,
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