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Abandoned bikes to be removed from Cambridge cycle park

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Cyclists in Cambridge are being asked to remove unwanted or unused bikes from the multi-storey cycle park at the railway station.

Greater Anglia has said any unused or abandoned bikes will be removed after September 19 and donated to charity.

The firm said it is planning to spruce up the three-storey cycle park, and free up more space.

Work has now started to attach tags to cycles. Cyclists should remove the tag from the bike to indicate it is being used.

Any cycles with tags left on them after the cut off date will be removed. Over the past two years, hundreds of cycles have been donated to the Colchester-based charity Re-Cycle, which restores bikes and donates them to communities in Africa.

Mark Ellis, Greater Anglia’s head of facilities management, said: “We know some bikes have been abandoned at Cambridge cycle point and we are working with our contractor Carlisle to clear these and free up space for those who wish to use it.

“Many cycles have been abandoned in the cycle point and we will remove these first. We will then ask people to indicate that they are still using their cycles and then we will clean the entire building.

“Although regular litter picks happen every morning, we want to do our best to keep the cycle point looking as clean and tidy as possible.

“Cycle point remains a safe, free, space for people to park their bikes and we are committed to keeping it in good condition for the cyclists who use it every day.”

The cycle park, which opened in February 2016, cost £2.5m and has 2,850 cycle spaces.

The cycle tagging event happens regularly at Cambridge cycle point. Last year more than 200 cycles, wheels and frames were removed.

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