Cycle with a refugee in your local area

Bike Buddies is our befriending refugee program across London and the West Midlands.

Here’s a video explaining more, with our incredible supporter Clare Balding when she volunteered for this program.

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As a buddy, you’ll be matched with a refugee cyclist to meet up for cycling activities! The project aims to build confidence and knowledge of cycling, reduce isolation, improve well-being and encourage social integration and greater independence.

The project aims to build confidence and knowledge of cycling, help reduce isolation, improve well-being, encourage social integration and greater independence. Since 2018, we have paired hundreds of Buddies across Greater London and the West Midlands. Start your Bike Buddy journey today!

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How does it work?

Apply to become a bike buddy


You’ll be asked to complete training


You’ll be matched with a refugee


You can make contact as soon as you’d like


Meet up for social rides together


We suggest aiming for at least three rides together as Buddies.

Read below for more stories around the Bike Buddies we’ve already matched.

Victoria and Nasrin

Victoria and Nasrin were matched in 2019, and decided to go for a cycle in their local area together. Victoria was delighted with the experience, and the two enjoyed exploring their local area.

Victoria was especially proud of the progress her Buddy made!

It’s really satisfying to see someone go from wobbly to wonderful! Nasrin has progressed so much on the bike, and we had great fun on our ride to Denham Country Park. It’s lovely to be able to get out of the town and enjoy the nature near to us.

Jack and Saad

Saad received his bike from us in June 2019 and when he found out about the Bike Buddies programme, was immediately interested in taking part. He said:

“I wanted to experience it and found it interesting. With a volunteer, I can discover places calmly and it gives you vitality when riding a bike.

Bike Buddies volunteer, Jack, was equally as excited to take part:

“I found out about The Bike Project through Twitter, and I applied to the Bike Buddies scheme after seeing a particular tweet about there being a small number of places left on the training day. After a great day of training with other volunteers, I was hugely excited to get started and meet my first bike buddy.”

Through this befriending program, we have facilitated over 851 buddy hours! We only need you to join us!

If you’ve got any other questions please contact
Or you can follow this link for our Bike Buddies Project Report 2018