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Dozens of bikes arrived in Dunedin from Christchurch, where they were surplus to a Canterbury District Health Board project to provide transport for low-income individuals and households.
The 70 bicycles will be renovated and used for the South Dunedin Community Bike Library Project.
Dunedin City Council safe and sustainable travel co-ordinator Charlotte Flaherty said yesterday they were a huge boost to the project.
''Getting this many cycles in one go will add a huge amount of impetus,'' Mrs Flaherty said.
''Those bikes that can be readily repaired will be fixed up by the Dunedin Training Centre, as part of their trade skills training programme.
''Those that cannot be repaired will be dismantled for parts through the Department of Corrections Probation Services.''
The bike library project pilot scheme, which starts next year, will allow people to borrow bikes, locks and helmets free of charge.