The Bike Project

The Bike Project

At a glance

Causes

  • Refugees / migrants

Other details

Geographical remit: 
Local

Objectives

At The Bike Project, we take second-hand bikes, fix them up and donate them to refugees and asylum-seekers.

We think London is a great city, bursting with opportunities – but it's also expensive. Especially when you're a refugee trying to navigate the complex asylum process on just £36 a week. At The Bike Project, we believe that no one should have to choose between eating a square meal and catching the bus. That's why we do bikes.

Having fled persecution and atrocity in their country of origin, most refugees arrive in London with absolutely nothing. A bike helps refugees and asylum-seekers access food banks, legal advice, healthcare, education and much more. If they're lucky enough to receive official refugee status, a bike can help them find employment.

As one of our bike beneficiaries put it: "When you have to go from charity to charity to feed yourself, a bike becomes very important to your life."

Since 2013, we have given away nearly 4,000 bikes to refugees from dozens of countries including Syria, Eritrea and Albania.

Activities

The core objective of The Bike Project is to get refugees cycling and we have a few projects to do this! Most of our bikes are donated through our weekly workshop sessions. We also have a women's cycle training called Pedal Power, and after graduating our participants receive a bike. Our newest project is Bike Buddies, a buddy project that builds confidence and helps the continued use of the bike!

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