The Bike Project would run out of bikes in about three seconds flat without the vital work of our network of bike drop-off points.

These synagogues, schools, cafés and community centres act as drop-off points for bike donations all over the city.

The more drop-off points in our network, the more bikes we can collect, and the more refugees we can get cycling. Like we say: they are vital.

Vineyard 61 is a community church that runs a few great compassion projects - including the Bike Project drop-off point that was set up in early 2017.

We asked Operations Manager Stephen Peter Rowe why the church decided to help us out. 'We thought their mission was brilliant,' he says, 'It aligned perfectly with our values to help refugees in the city of London.'

So far in 2018, Vineyard 61 has taken a spectacular 70 bike donations for The Bike Project.

'We have been amazed at the generosity of the people in this city,' Stephen Peter says. 'We have seen a wide range of quality bikes come through, from high-end brands to vintage bike frames – we have also seen families come in and donate up to 4 bikes at a time!'

In Balham, the end of summer seems to be the busiest time for donations – 'As people transition in and out of living in the city,' Stephen Peter suggests. 'We're actually expecting 3 more bikes this weekend.'

If you are 'transitioning' in or out of London and want to donate your old bike, then hurry along to our website and find your nearest bike drop-off point.

Vineyard 61 can be found at 53 Rowfant Road, London SW17 7AP and they are open for bike donations every Sunday 9-11am & 6-8pm and every Monday 1-3pm.

Any other last thoughts, Stephen Peter? 'We want to thank The Bike Project for being such great partners,' he says, 'and hope we can continue to help refugees in the area for years to come.'

Aw, right back atcha!


If you're wondering why the heck you haven't got a nearby Bike Project drop-off point, and you'd like to look into setting one up (Spoiler: it's easy), then surf on over to our info page.

Who knows, next month it could be you...

Written on: 04 Oct 2018 | Author: David Charles


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