Register for a bike

The Bike Project provides free refurbished bikes to all asylum seekers and to people who have been granted refugee status within the last 5 years. Simple as that!

Am I eligible?

Yes, if you are either: an asylum-seeker or have been granted refugee status within the last 5 years.

If you don't fit these criteria, then unfortunately we can't help you.

The process

Our bike donation process is very straight-forward. All we need are a few details and some proof of ID. We refurbish and give away over a thousand bikes a year, which means a wait of around 3 months before a bike is available for you.

Complete the form

If you fit the criteria simply fill out our form to apply to register for a free refurbished bike

We will be in touch

When we have a bike ready, we will text or email you with an appointment to collect your bike

Collect your bike!

Come to your appointment to receive your bike (we supply £5 travel money to help you get to us)

Registering for a bike
  • Can I get a bike from The Bike Project?
    If you are an asylum seeker or have been granted refugee status in the UK within the last 5 years, then you can get a bike from us.
  • I am an asylum seeker or refugee, how can I get a bike?
    You can register online to go on our waiting list. You will need your unique ARC, BRP or HO number to register.
  • I have registered for a bike, what happens next?
    When we have a bike ready for you we will send you a text inviting you to attend an appointment to collect it. Please note: the current waiting time for a bike is 3 months.

    It is very important to bring your ID with you when you collect your bike. If you do not bring your ID, we cannot give you the bike.

    At your appointment we will also give you:
    • helmet
    • lights
    • visibility vest
    • lock
    • basic cycle safety training
  • I have an appointment to collect a bike but can’t make it!
    Don't worry! Let us know by replying to the text or email confirmation and we will contact you to rearrange the appointment. Remember to bring your ID with you to your new appointment as otherwise we cannot give you the bike.
  • I can’t cycle, but want to learn – can I still get a bike?
    Definitely! We give basic cycle safety training upon collection and afterwards will refer you to local cycle training schemes in the area where you live.

    We also offer free beginners cycle training for women only in Wapping and Croydon. See our cycle training page for more details.
  • I do not live in London, can I still get a bike?
    Absolutely! But the bike needs to be collected from our London workshop the next time you are visiting London. There are sometimes opportunities for us to arrange bikes to be delivered through partner organisations, but these are rare. Email if you have a specific concern about how to collect your bike.
  • My bike has been stolen, what do I do?
    Report the crime to the police and let us know as soon as possible by emailing We will then contact you with details about how to get back on to the waiting list for a replacement bike.
  • My bike is broken!
    If you got your bike from us and need to fix it, please bring it back to the workshop on a Thursday from 5 – 8pm. You can also take it to one of our local bike shop partners.

    If you got your bike from somewhere else, unfortunately we cannot give you parts or help you fix it. However, there are lots of community organisations that can help. Please email us for a list of those we know about.

Our impact

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.

Since 2013, we have given away over 4,000 bikes to refugees from dozens of countries.

Each bike saves a refugee over £20 per week in bus fares - that's over £1,000 per year.

We run free cycling proficiency training for refugee women in Croydon, Dalston and Wapping.