15 million bicycles (approx.) end up in landfill every year worldwide.
100 million bicycles (approx.) are produced by manufacturers worldwide every year.
This means that for every 6.5 bikes produced worldwide 1 bike is ending up in landfill. That begs the question - do we need to produce as many bikes as we do? The answer, absolutely not.
A well ridden, well looked after bike should last 10-15 years before it becomes redundant in todays market. Even then it's most likely the cause of it's decline into redundancy is advancements in technology, making replacement parts hard to come by.
Sadly in the kids bike market the life cycle of a bike is nowhere near 10-15 years but that, of course, is more to do with the speed at which children outgrow their bikes rather than technology advancements. Parents don't have the time or the energy to resell or recycle the bikes properly (it's not your fault, we're all in the same boat!) and therefore after collecting a bit of rust and dust in the garage the bikes inevitably get sent to landfill.
Our goal is to keep as many kids bikes in circulation and as a result reduce the number of great bikes that end up in landfill every year. Regardless of how many we maintain and refurbish the bikes will of course have a certain life span, which is why we've partnered with charities and non-profits such as Bikes4Life, Western Sydney Cycling Network and Cycle Re-Cycle Club. Any bikes in our fleet that reach the end of their life with The Pedal Club will end up in the safe hands of one of these organisations. Find more information and to read up on their brilliant work, please visit their websites here:
If you have bikes you wish to recycle regardless of whether you sign up to The Pedal Club please visit our Re-Cycle page and send us some more information on your pre-loved bikes. We'll either refurbish them ourselves and add them to the TPC fleet or we'll make sure they end up in the hands of one of the above mentioned organisations.