We’re always on the look out for new Bike Hubs, places that can accept and hold donations for us to collect later. So a few weeks ago we put a call out for anyone who has room for a bike rack. And in less than a fortnight, six new Hubs have been set up.
One of the wonders who got in touch turned out to be a bit of a blast from the past. Based in Shoreditch, Blaze create clever bits of tech to make cycling safer. You might have spotted green bike symbols projected onto the pavement from the London Santander Cycles – that’s them. We first met them a few years back and, after reconnecting over Bike Hubs last week, Rachel from Blaze tells sent us this lovely email:
“Setting up as a bike hub was as easy as saying the word ‘yes’. It’s really exciting to be involved and we’re looking forward to meeting more of our neighbours as they come to donate their wheels. We’ve even been talking about getting in some treats of the edible kind to sweeten the deal, as many of us will do anything for chocolate!
We’ve been following the project from afar via The Bike Project’s newsletter for some years, after Jem came to visit our office when Blaze was in its infancy. We read that you were looking for new Bike Hubs and the timing was perfect – we have just moved from our own tiny ‘bike shed’ in Bethnal Green into a larger ‘home’ where the Kingsland and Hackney Roads join. We have the space, and we heard the call to arms 🙂
Why are we a good match? We are a bike light company, and our workforce is made up of cyclists. We all ride bikes, and in fact it’s probably the one common feature that the 13 of us share. Like all of us we want to do more to help others where we can, and it makes sense to partner with the Bike Project as hopefully we will be able to introduce our customers and stockists to the work that you do as well.”
Thank you Rachel and everyone at Blaze – and to all of our other amazing Bike Hubs.
You can find the Bike Hubs on our Bike Hub map, along with lots of other places you can donate any unwanted bikes.
Want to become a Bike Hub yourself? You can find out how here.