Blue bike bonanza gears up

Bridlington North Marine Drive'Locals pictured with bikes donated to be painted blue for the Tour de Yorkshire event.'Contact Gina Renaut (07792149292)'NBFP PA1506-13a

Bridlington North Marine Drive'Locals pictured with bikes donated to be painted blue for the Tour de Yorkshire event.'Contact Gina Renaut (07792149292)'NBFP PA1506-13a

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Designers and donors for the first batch of bikes to be decorated for the Tour de Yorkshire met up to discuss their plans.

Cycling enthusiast Gina Renaut-Evans, 48, runs the Blantyre Guest House with her husband David, 53 and met with around 32 residents at the Promenade on Saturday.

Gina said: “There was a really good turnout.

“It happened after the Free Press published an article about us reaching out for people to donate bikes.

“What we have done now is distribute them to members of the Bridlington Tourism Association to show them what they look like before their transformation. We want people to design them blue, but also put their own twist on them.”

Around 40 bikes have already been donated and Gina and David are working with the Bridlington Tourism Association to rehome bikes for others to decorate and display.

The idea was inspired by the Tour de France cycling event where people painted bikes yellow and now hopes are high the theme will spread through Bridlington and the rest of Yorkshire.

Bob Hillary, president of the Bridlington Tourism Association, said: “I think it’s absolutely brilliant. Even if the event doesn’t bring that much business to Bridlington, more people will know about our town from elsewhere.

“It can only be a good thing.”

Gina added: “We thought it would be a good idea to paint the bikes blue following the success of the yellow bikes for the Tour de France.

“It is important that Bridlington takes advantage of an event of this scale and everyone gets involved to encourage future events in the area.”

Gina said: “It is fantastic news that the Tour de Yorkshire is coming to Bridlington.

“The area is going to get such good publicity and it will encourage so many people to come here.

“The area is great for cycling and this will promote our roads for future cyclists.

“People will want to ride on the routes the professionals have done and it will all be good for Bridlington.”

Gina and Dave are now appealing for residents to donate their unwanted bikes so they can be distributed to people who want to decorate one.

If you have a bicycle that you do not use anymore, 
you can contact Gina on 
07792 149202. Alternatively they can be dropped off at Blantyre Guest House 21 Pembroke Terrace Bridlington YO15 3BX.