The Bike Project

Title of the project/ ProgramThe Bike Project
Town/CityLondon, UK
Implementing institution/organizationThe Bike Project (Charity)
Age of target groupNo age limitations
Innovative elementsUtilizing second-hand bikes in a creative way where they become a “passport that opens up a city”.

Pioneering element of the project: Bike Buddy Scheme which matches refugee cyclists with buddy in their local area to help them build confidence using their bike.

Why is this project considered good practice?Most refugees arrive in London with absolutely nothing, a bike can help them in accessing food banks, legal advice, health care, education, and if they receive official refugee status, a bike can help them in finding an employment.
  • To provide valuable and empowering service for refugees and asylum seekers whose lives would improve through the benefit of possessing affordable way of transport
  • To reduce isolation
  • To encourage social integration and greater independence
Key activities
  • refurbishes donated second hand bikes, bikes are then given to refugees and asylum seekers
  • bike fixing workshops
  • cycle training for refugee women
DurationSince 2013 (no end date)
Expected results
  • refugees and asylum seekers thanks to the possession of bike will be able to access other support services available to them
  • improved well-being and confidence of refugees
  • empowerment of women who will be capable of taking control of their own transport
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