Who We Are
Bikes for Refugees (Scotland) is a registered Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) SCO47302.
We have been distributing bikes since 2016 and a SCIO since April 2017. In this time, we have refurbished and gifted over 550 donated bikes for New Scots across Scotland.
Bikes support the social inclusion and integration of New Scots into Scottish life and sends out an important message of solidarity to people who arrive in Scotland seeking safety and shelter. Bikes and the transformational power of cycling helps isolated families and children to connect with communities, essential services, and to connect with people- helping to forge new friends.
We repair and distribute bikes from Edinburgh and Glasgow. In Edinburgh our workshop/hub is located at the ‘Bridge 8 Hub’ outdoor learning and activity centre in a 40ft shipping container alongside the Union Canal. In Glasgow we have formed a partnership with ‘SoulRiders Scotland’ where our volunteers repair and distribute bikes.
As a volunteer led project (many of our volunteers also have day jobs) we are not always available at the Bridge 8 Hub and SoulRiders and don’t keep regular hours. Please contact us first rather than just dropping by.
If you are a refugee or asylum seeker, please note that we operate a waiting list for bikes and it is not possible to just drop in – please register for a bike on the website and we will contact you when a bike becomes available.
“I would like to thank you from my deepest heart to bring happiness and joy for my kids, you are doing a great job by giving the refugees a chance to enjoy cycling in different beautiful places in Scotland you gave them a chance to explore with a bike, and they don’t worry about the cost of it and ready to use, again many thanks also from my kids”
“I am a refugee and I am studying English at the moment. Having a bike helped me a lot to go to the college and to different destination and at the same time it’s helped me to do exercise and to be healthy. Thank you for giving me a bike and thanks for the organisations who support this project.”
“Bikes for Refugees tries to make the world a brighter place by welcoming New Scots with a bike to explore the city and lots of new places in Scotland. Bikes provide free travel and make it easier to travel to places like college and volunteering, and for those that are alone and have lost their families they help to meet new people and make new friends. It’s fun and healthy and when we give people a bike we invite them to our cycling group where you can meet many people from many different countries with people from Scotland.”
Request a Bike
Are you a New Scot (asylum-seeker or been granted refugee status) and looking to access a bike? Welcome!
Bikes for Refugees (Scotland) is a volunteer led community project. We can only do what we do with your help and support. Come and be part of our community. There are many ways in which you can support us, you don’t event have to know how to go a bike.
At Bridge 8 Hub & Paddle Cafe
Tern GSD e.bike (cargo) with removable child seats.
We have 4 of these funky e.bikes all in different colours.
Bikes & Bagels Special Offer!
All bike hire profits are re-invested back into Bikes for Refugees (Scotland) helping to get bikes on the road for New Scots.
FREE packed-lunch for first 10 e.bike bookings- 2 bagels from menu, cold drink & fruit.
Aqua-bikes @B8. FREE voucher for the first 10 e.bike bookings
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