For the latest guidance and updates concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19) please visit NHS Inform or Scottish Government
Please be aware of your personal safety when meeting people and arranging the exchange of bikes, particularly for your safety and the safety of others in relation to the spread of COVID-19. You should agree in advance how you are going to meet and handover bikes in a way that protects each other’s safety and limits the spread of COVID-19.
1. You should follow all public health and government advice to reduce your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19 when meeting people and exchanging bikes. Be alert to the possibility that bikes and cycle accessories could be a route of transmission of COVID-19. Please take any necessary sanitation precautions.
2. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 you should follow public health and government advice and stay at home. Do not arrange a bike handover.
3. Please fully check the condition of your bike prior to loaning (or donating) and that it is safe and roadworthy for use. Please highlight and discuss any mechanical issues that your bike may have so that you can agree upon any necessary actions to rectify it. If for any reason the bike is not suitable or you are unable to complete the exchange, bikes can be relisted or removed at any time.
4. As outlined in our Terms of [service] Use and Disclaimer below, we will not be held liable or responsible for the condition, safety or return of bikes and for any actions and transactions taken between users of the service. Use of the service is strictly at your own risk.
5. Many bike shops are offering free or reduced-priced bike services for NHS and other essential workers as well as reduced prices on bike repairs, parts and accessories. All bike shops will have new safety measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.
6. Be aware of your personal safety when arranging to meet people. If loaning (or donating) a bike we would advise that you ask for A. (photographic) proof of professional ID as an essential worker B. Proof of address such as an utility bill 3. Any other form of ID that you consider necessary, prior to handing over your bike. We will not be responsible or liable for the return or condition of any returned bikes;
7. Under normal circumstances the handover of bikes would be better conducted at your home or in a public place. Be alert however that due to lockdown most public places are no longer as public as they once were. Perhaps arrange for the bike to be collected or dropped at your house or meet at a place where there are CCTV cameras or outside your nearest police station. Alternatively, if you have a combination lock the bike could be left locked somewhere for collection later.
Cycling Safety for Essential Workers
If you have not cycled for a while it might be a good idea to have a practice on streets and roads that you are familiar with. As well as complying with UK cycling laws and general cycle safety on UK roads you should also follow newly introduced safety guidance for cycling and COVID-19.
1. For information on general cycle safety on UK roads and paths visit Cycling UK and Scotland’s national cycling organisation Cycling Scotland.
2. Cycling Scotland has developed the Essential Cycling Skills Quick Guide to support those new to or returning to cycling gain an understanding of the knowledge and skills required to negotiate on-road journeys by bike and is available to download free from their website.
3. For information on the highway code rules for cyclists visit Highway Code UK
4. Information and updates in relation to cycling and the coronavirus can be found at Cycling UK and at Scotland’s national cycling organisation Cycling Scotland.
8. If you choose to wear a cycle helmet, in general we would not advise upon the wearing of 2nd hand cycle helmets. Please also be alert to the possibility that the exchange of cycle helmets could be a possible route of COVID-19 infection.
9. New cycle accessories such as helmets, locks and lights can be purchased at most high street bike shops which are currently exempt from the enforced closure of shops and businesses.
10. Many bike shops are offering free or reduced-priced bike services for NHS and other essential workers as well as reduced prices on bike repairs, parts and accessories. All bike shops will have new safety measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 infection.
11. Give your local bike shop a call to check their opening hours, currently available services and offers, and to confirm any newly introduced safety procedures for limiting the spread of COVID-19.
12. SPECIAL OFFER- Spokes Edinburgh and Lothian maps offer for Covid-19 key workers. Normal price £6.95- post-free £5 to NHS and all other key workers. To order and for all other useful cycle related information and offers go to www.spokes.org.uk/
Bikes for Refugees (Scotland) SCIO will NOT be directly involved in the handling of any bikes loaned or donated by third parties via the COVID-19 essential workers bike loan service. We will not be liable or responsible for the condition of any bikes loaned or donated. We will not be liable or responsible for any bike losses or the condition of any bikes returned to their owners. Bikes for Refugees (Scotland) SCIO cannot accept responsibility or liability for any action you take upon the information and service on this website and the use of the COVID-19 essential workers bike loan service is strictly at your own risk. We will not be liable for any direct, indirect and consequential losses, damages or accidents in connection with the use of our website and the COVID-19 essential workers bike loan service.