Who We Are
Bikes for Refugees (Scotland) is a registered Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) SCO47302.
We have been in operation since early 2016 and a registered SCIO since April 2017. In this time, we have refurbished and distributed over 350 donated bikes for refugees and asylum seekers (New Scots) across Scotland.
Bikes help the social inclusion and integration of New Scots into Scottish life and send out an important message of solidarity to people who arrive in the UK and Scotland seeking safety and shelter. Bikes help families and children to link with communities and essential services, and to connect with people, helping to make new friends.
We repair and distribute bikes from Edinburgh and Glasgow. Our workshop and storage in Edinburgh is located at the Bridge 8 Hub outdoor and activity centre in our 40ft shipping container alongside the Union canal. In Glasgow we have formed a partnership with SoulRiders located in the southside of the city 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.
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.
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)
A weekend of fundraising and awareness. The weekend will be run in partnership with http://lifescycle.co.uk Spinning Studio who will kick off the weekend by hosting an uplifting and energising Spinning experience with motivating soundscape and visuals inspired by the refugee crisis. On Saturday 13:00 to 14:00 and 15:00 to 16:00.
On Sunday Meet special guest Mark Beaumont long distance Scottish cyclist, discussing his record-breaking Artemis Around the World in 80 Days Cycle Challenge, and sharing his plans for his next big record-breaking challenge – on a Penny Farthing!! Book tickets here https://edfoc.org.uk
Don’t miss the Big Charity Fundraising Auction with (signed) donations from Mark Beaumont; original artworks from acclaimed international cycle artists and illustrators- Eliza Southwood, Mark Fairhurst (signed by Ian Stannard and Lizzie Armistead), US cycle artist Michael Valenti and many more. Also for auction Cycles, Brooks Saddles; Upcycled items made from bike inner tubes inc. a rubber ‘Sporran’. Also to go under the hammer- a signed and original framed painting by much-admired Scottish landscape artist David Hay; Champagne Lunch for 2 at Martin Wishart’s Michelin Star Restaurant; Seven Course Taster Menu for 2 at award-winning Leith restaurant Norn, and many more unique and original items for auction and raffle. Bid here: https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/bikesforrefugeesscotlandbigcharityauction
The auction will go live for ‘On-line’ bidding in May before coming to you in person at LifeCycle Spinning Studio on 24 June. Why not book a Spinning Session and view the artworks and other auction items at LifesCycle, or just pop by during opening hours and on the weekend of 23rd & 24th June.
Also, join us on Sunday evening at LifesCycle for the end of Bikes for Refugees weekend & official end of Edinburgh Festival of Cycling Party. Entry by Donation – book your tickets here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/closing-party-bikes-for-refugees-scotedinburgh-festival-of-cycling-2018-tickets-45115515722?aff=es2
Also part of Refugee Festival Scotland 15-24 June.
Edinburgh Festival of Cycling 7-24 June 2018 https://edfoc.org.uk