Our mission is simple: to get refugees cycling!
We are a community of refugees, mechanics and volunteers. We receive donations of second- hand bikes, fix them together at our workshop, and then donate them to asylum seeking refugees. A small proportion of the bikes that we receive are sold through The Bike Shop to generate funds, the proceeds of which support The Bike Project, which ensures our long term sustainability.
By attending our workshop and helping to fix their own bike, all beneficiaries get actively involved in the process as much as possible. This enables them to learn basic bike maintenance and form long-term supportive relationships.
All volunteers are welcome at our Thursday workshop sessions.
We also run a separate project where we teach refugee women to cycle. We teach cycling proficiency, in an all-female environment, to complete beginners. The lessons run once a week, for ten weeks, and all participants are given a bike at the end. To refer, please get in touch.
We are a young project that welcomes anyone keen to volunteer, gain new skills and meet new people.
“The Bike Project provides the first step into normal living for those who have faced persecution and atrocity”
Helen Bamber OBE
Transport in London can be expensive. This is especially true for a refugee going through the asylum process. Having fled persecution and atrocity in their country of origin, they are forced to live on a mere £36 a week in benefits, and prevented from finding employment.
London is a city that is rich in opportunities. A bike can help these people reach the many resources that London has to offer: charities that can feed them, lawyers that can aid their application process, home office appointments, healthcare, education and much more. If they are lucky enough to receive status, a bike can help them find employment.
“When you have to go from charity to charity to feed yourself, a bike becomes very important to your life.” – Beneficiary
“I feel fresh when I ride the bike. It keeps my mind busy. It feels like therapy.” – Beneficiary
We provide bikes to all asylum seekers, and people who have been granted refugee status within the last 5 years. If you fit into this criteria, or know someone who does, you can register to recieve a bike by filling out our online form here. Once registered you then go on our waiting list and be sent a text message with an appointment time to come and collect, when a suitable bike becomes available.
If you would like to volunteer at our workshops, they run once a week on Thursday 5-8pm, to fix up bicycles for destitute asylum seekers and refugees who have recently been granted status.
These are open to anybody wanting to volunteer, we need your help with all sorts of jobs! The more, the merrier, just drop in!
The Bike Project only exists because of the generous support of the following people and
The Rayne Foundation
The Pears foundation
The School of Social Entrepreneurs
The Lloyds Banking Group
The Sigrid Rausing Trust
The Tudor Trust
The Jill Franklin Foundation
The London Cycling Campaign
The Javon Charitable Trust
Wimbledon and District Reform Synagogue
Finchley Reform Synagogue
The Funding Network