Donate your unwanted bike to The Bike Project

Category: Collectathon

The Bike Project is a community of refugees, mechanics and volunteers in London. Our mission is simple: we take second-hand bikes, fix them up in our workshop and then give them to refugees.

Having fled persecution and atrocity in their country of origin, most refugees arrive in London with absolutely nothing. 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.

As one of our bike beneficiaries put it: “When you have to go from charity to charity to feed yourself, a bike becomes very important to your life.”

Since 2013, we have given away over 6,500 bikes to refugees from dozens of countries including Syria, Eritrea and Albania.

Do you have an unwanted bike you could donate? We have drop off points in and around London and the West Midlands  – see https://thebikeproject.co.uk/pages/donate-bike to find your nearest location.

As well as our charitable activities, we sell a small proportion of our wonderful refurbished bikes to the general public through our online bike shop. Every single penny we make from bike sales is ploughed straight back into the charity. This much-needed cash injection helps secure our long-term sustainability – and that means even more refugees cycling!

We also run cycling proficiency training for refugee women in Croydon, Wapping and Dalston. The course empowers and inspires these awesome people to feel the freedom of their very own bike – perhaps for the first time in their lives.

Would you like to run a Pop-Up Drop Off?

We are looking for volunteers to host one-off Pop Up Drop-Offs, they run for a couple of hours on a weekday evening and allow local people to donate their bikes to The Bike Project. To run a Pop-Up you’ll need a space where bikes can be dropped off safely and a free evening. We will then collect the bikes the same day and take them to our workshop in Deptford. It’s a great way to help us collect bikes quickly and spread our name in new places. Currently we can only facilitate Pop-Ups in London and the West Midlands.

Contact info@thebikeproject.co.uk if you would like to find out more about running a Pop-Up Drop Off.