Investment project code: 42
“It opened my eyes to a different world, the other day I was out walking with my partner and we started talking about whether we could cycle the path we were on, my brain’s starting to think of more places, possibilities for what I can do” - Shifting Gears Participant
The Bike Station is a Scottish charity with 20 years experience in making cycling more accessible to the public. We do so by donating and selling refurbished second-hand bikes and by empowering individuals who are looking to become confident cyclists.
We are opening a new hub in Gorgie and we are keen to get involved with the community to increase the number of cyclists in the area. We recognise that for many people cycling has barriers; with our experience in delivering cycle training we hope to make people more confident and have more fun. We also want people to celebrate the area they live in, and organising local bike rides with members of the community is a great way to do that.
As an environmental charity, The Bike Station recognises the need for change in the way we travel by making a transition to less polluting vehicles, particularly with the Low Emission Zone coming into place in Edinburgh. We also know how important reducing air pollution and encouraging exercise from an early age can be from a health perspective. For these reasons, we would like to offer free to access bike rides led by us to members of the community. The rides would happen every 2 weeks between March and September and participants would receive free bike lights and bells, as well as a bike maintenance session before the ride for minor repairs.
The Bike Station is well placed to deliver these sessions to the public, having led 177 group rides in 2021 alone. We have a team of qualified ride leaders that will provide people with all the tools they need to not only become more confident cyclists but also enjoy this activity.
Location: 471A Gorgie Road, EH11 3AD
Proposed on behalf of: The Bike Station has been encouraging people to ride bikes for 20 years and we are experts in making cycling more accessible to individuals and communities. Our community projects want more people to feel confident to ride their bikes, to know where to ride them and how to look after them. We offer a free to access bike programme working in partnership with local community groups and we also offer cycling lessons and maintenance classes. Finally, our bikes are donated and we refurbish them to give them for free as part of community programmes or make them available for public sale to help fund our work. We are committed to tackling climate change and have a great circular model which aims to recycle and reuse as much as possible. We also make cycling more accessible to the public, which positively contributes to tackling climate change.