A growing number of bicycle recycling schemes across the country are harnessing the social and economic power of the bicycle, raising money for charitable work or collecting bicycles for dispatch to the Developing World. Laura Laker finds that most of these bicycle recycling schemes also empower disadvantaged people, whether through skills sharing and confidence building or simply by providing affordable transport. There are an increasing number of community cycling projects – some sell or donate bicycles here or abroad, others don’t. Here’s a list of 80 schemes around the UK. If we’ve missed any, do let us know via @bikehub.
Recycles • Swindon
Recycles is a social enterprise run by people who have experienced homelessness and is supported by The Salvation Army. Recycles can professionally repair or service bicycles at competitive rates and sells refurbished bicycles, too. The shop is open Wednesday to Saturday between 10am and 4pm. Tel: 01793 401834. Recycles is also linked into by Re-cycleyourcycle, a web-based initiative with volunteers in Kent, Herefordshire and South London.
On Your Bike • Taunton
On Your Bike is a two-site Taunton cycle recycling charity, with a workshop in Wellington. It also carries out mobile repairs. Tel: 01823 259035
Open Shed • Penzance, Cornwall
There can’t be many bicycle recycle places where you can also get help refurbing your laptop? Open Shed is a non-proﬁt worker cooperative providing ‘hack space’ for members to meet, work, code, and build things. There’s a ‘Bike Kitchen’, an electronics lab, a conference and activity room, and an AV suite. Oh, and a cafe, too (with free wifi). The Bike Kitchen is open on moﬆ Saturdays from 10am to 3pm. It’s a self-help bicycle maintenance and repair workshop with ‘bike ninjas’ on hand to help people tune up their gears and repair punctures. During the week Open Shed members can use the Bike Kitchen’s tools. “If you have old or unused bicycles we will accept them as donations and this will help to add to our inventory of spares parts. In some inﬆances where the bicycle is in reasonable condition, we will use them for training repair bikes or repair them and ask for a small donation for those who need a bicycle for getting around town or down to coaﬆal path or promenade,” says the Open Shed website. Tel: 01736 367516
Jole Rider’s Bike Shed • Tetbury, Gloucs
“We have the largest collection of bikes in one place,” says Jole Rider’s Bike Shed (pronounced ‘jolly’). “If you’ve ever been anywhere where there are more bikes, please let us know.” The Bike Shed, a registered charity, sells refurbished secondhand bikes with proceeds from sales and repairs going to Jole Rider’s bikes4Africa project to get children to school. Tel: 0870 609 2007
Ride On • Exeter
Ride On is an Exeter-based charity set up by a group of cycle instructors. The social enterprise recycles bikes to share the benefits of cycling with the community, especially through providing bike for young people who are learning to cycle at school. Tel: 01626 773261
Bikespace • Plymouth
Bikespace is a not for profit Vocational Training Centre based in Devonport, Plymouth. The aim of the CIC is to engage and motivate young people struggling with mainstream education by training them as bicycle mechanics. Bikespace welcomes donations of bicycles in need of refurbishment. Tel: 01752 500 211
Recyclez • Bath
Recycling project by Tim Marchant, promoting social and environmental justice through a practical initiative to reuse, recycle and reduce waste. Recyclez was founded in 2008 and is based at 3 Georges Place, Bath BA24EN. Tel: 0751 1079521
Bath Bike Workshop • Bath
Bath Bike Workshop, part of Julian House, is a bike recycling social enterprise initiative which aims to tackle environmental issues by getting more people cycling; make cycling as green as possible by recycling used bikes for re-use and selling them at competitive prices; and create employment and training opportunities for disadvantaged communities, especially people who have experienced homelessness. Tel: 01225 463350
Bath Bike Workshop • Bath
Recycles bikes and provides work experience for vulnerable community members, especially those who have experienced homelessness. Sells second hand bikes for adults and children, with a kids’ bike trade-in scheme available. Tel: 07922 326590.
Life Cycle UK • Bristol
Life Cycle’s recycled bikes are repaired and cleaned up by prisoners thanks to a partnership with HMP Bristol, funded by the Big Lottery Fund. Qualified mechanics safety check all bikes, and sales are held in the city centre. Life Cycle also runs cycle maintenance classes as well as offering cycling training. Tel: 0117 353 4580.
Emmaus • Bristol
Supports a group of former homeless people through their recycling/reuse project in Bristol, including repairing and selling recycled bikes. Tel: 0117 954 0886
Bristol Bike Project • Bristol
“We aim to help people from all walks of life get out on two wheels and for it to be an inclusive and empowering experience,” says the website for the Bristol Bike Project. The project supports people with mental health problems, learning difficulties and those in recovery. On Tuesdays & Fridays, between 10am-5.30pm, the project sells used bikes at affordable prices. Bikes donated to the project are refurbished and given away as part of a Earn-a-Bike scheme or sold to raise funds. Bike donations can be made Monday-Friday between 9am – 5pm and on Monday evenings between 5pm–8pm and Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 7pm-10pm.
Gloucestershire Bike Project • Gloucester
Gloucestershire Bike Project offers refurbished bikes to the local community. It is a not for profit social enterprise and, among others, works with the Isis Womens’ Centre in Gloucester, delivering a qualification in bike maintenance and repair via funding from the Allen Lane Foundation. This project works with women from the criminal justice system to build skills and confidence. The project’s bike shop on Barton Street is open
Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9.00-5.30. Tuesday is training workshop day. Tel: 01452 6690979
Cardiff Cycle Workshop • Cardiff
Cardiff Cycle Workshop is an award-winning bike recycling centre, part of Cycle Training Wales, a provider of cycle training services. Cardiff Cycle Workshop is a not for profit social enterprise. It won the Innovation in Recycling award at the Wales Recycling Awards 2011. The project takes unwanted and abandoned bikes, reconditions them and sells them to the public at monthly workshop sales. Tel: 07808 987798
Black Environment Network • Swansea
Collects, refurbishes and repairs donated bikes for asylum seekers, refugees and those on low incomes. BEN also runs training courses, route advice and led rides for newcomers, with an emphasis on encouraging ethnic minorities to get involved.
Recycle Newport • Newport, South Wales
Takes in bikes to refurbish; bikes are either donated to community groups or sold to the public. Volunteers are given cycle maintenance training and often a free bike; the centre also runs cycle training. Tel: 01633 277324 or 07982 567788.
Cycle Mania • Risca, South Wales
Cycle Mania is a community cycle project set up by a group of young people in Risca. It runs a bike maintenance workshop from Waunfawr Community Garden and also offers bike maintenance courses for the community. The Cycle Mania team renovate bikes and either use them for bike hire or donate them to the community.
BikeFit • Aberdeen
The BikeFit bike recycling project is based within the Instant Neighbour premises on St Machar Drive, Aberdeen. Donated bikes are repaired and refurbished and offered for sale, or given away free of charge in certain circumstances. BikeFit services bikes and also offers a mobile Dr Bike service. Tel: 01224 489955
BeCycle • Aberdeen
“We gather orphaned bikes, fix them up and bring them back to life,” says Aberdeen’s BeCycle. This is a community-based workshop which lends out bikes for free, and also offers tools, spare parts and competent help to anyone keen on fixing or building their own bike, helping out with the project or “just looking for a place to make urban bike culture happen.”
Bicycle lending is without cost but requires a fully refundable deposit of at least £40.
The Bike Station • Edinburgh
Part of a three hub chain, The Bike Station in Edinburgh was where it all started. The Bike Station is one of the UK’s largest bicycle recycling organisations, having taken in over 30,000 in six years. “We take any and all unwanted or discarded bikes, no matter their age or condition,” says The Bike Station website. The Bike Station also has a store and training facilities. Tel: 0131 668 1967
The Bike Station • Glasgow
The Glasgow Bike Station is linked to the Edinburgh Bike Station. It runs women-only Fix Your Own Bike sessions on the last Thursday of every month. There’s free tea, coffee, gloves and overalls for the rider, and oil and grease for the bike. Tel: 0141 248 5409.
Bikeworks • Fife
Bikeworks is in partnership with Fife Council to collect, refurbish and recycle bicycles. There are containers for the collection of unwanted cycles located at each of the councils recycling depots. Bikeworks Fife company limited by guarantee and has charitable status. Tel: 01592 751500
I AM BIKES • Cumbernauld
“All of our pre-owned bikes are serviced before they are re-homed, and come with a six month parts and labour warranty,” promised I Am Bikes. “We welcome part exchange whatever the condition. Even it’s just the frame. So don’t chuck it, exchange it.” I Am Bikes also accepts donated bicycles to be recycled. “We also run cycling maintenance classes and generally promote cycling in whatever way we can. We loan and donate bikes to local primary schools to help with their cycling campaigns and provide cycling proficiency instructors.” Tel: 07771 635915
Gorbals Recycles • Glasgow
Gorbals Recycles Project is a community-led charity founded in 2004. It has three retail outlets in Glasgow, providing employment for eleven people and supporting an average of fifty training and work experience placements per year. Tel: 0141 429 1466
Common Wheel • Glasgow
Common Wheel is a charity which provides meaningful activity for people with mental illness through working with bicycles and music. The charitable project has three locations in Glasgow, bicycles at Maryhill and Bridgeton, and music at Gartnavel Royal Hospital. Volunteers at Common Wheel learn how to build and maintain bicycles, and in the process gain self-confidence and self-esteem. The bicycle workshops are run by skilled mechanics. Common Wheel sells reconditioned bicycles to the public, and carries out servicing and repairs. Tel: 0141 946 0777
Bikes for Refugees Scotland • Glasgow & Edinburgh
BfR (Scot) upcycles donated bikes for free distribution to refugees and asylum seekers. It is a volunteer-led community project.
Bikeworks • Fife
Bikeworks is in partnership with Fife Council to collect, refurbish and recycle bicycles. There are containers for the collection of unwanted cycles located at each of the councils recycling depots. Bikeworks Fife company limited by guarantee and has charitable status. Tel: 01592 751500
Killie Can Cycle • Kilmarnock
Killie Can Cycle provides bikes to underprivileged children in East Ayrshire. Bikes are also sent to Moldova and Africa. The charity is run mostly by volunteers. Tel: 01563 258332
The Bike Station • Perth
The Perth Bike Station is linked to the Edinburgh Bike Station. Tel: 01738 44 44 30
Recyke-a-bike • Stirling
Recyke-a-bike takes in unwanted bikes for recycling and also runs cycle maintenance training. Tel: 01786 447559
London Re-use network
Collect household items, including bikes, for re-use and resale, from Wandsworth, Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Lambeth. Bikes must be in good condition or in a repairable state. Collection charges apply. Tel: 020 3142 8506.
Wandsworth Youth Offending Team bike recycling project
Bring bikes to their Alma Road Training Centre, SW18, 5-8pm on Thursdays. Bikes are reconditioned by young offenders and given to victims of crime. Tel: 020 8871 5571 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bikeworks • Shepherds Bush, Bethnal Green & Ladbroke Grove
A social enterprise aiming to tackle environmental and social challenges at community level. Recently launched Cycle into Work programme, a community investment programme supported by Barclays which improves employability of disadvantaged youngsters through skills development in cycle maintenance, and mentoring. Also provides bike hire and cycle tours. Shepherds Bush and Bethnal Green locations are community cycle stores; Ladbroke Grove is a mechanics’ training centre. Tel: 0208 980 7998.
Re-Cycle Solutions UK • London & Sussex
A minimum of 50 percent of the profits generated by Re-Cycle Solutions UK goes directly to charity. The remaining 50 percent of the profit is returned to the scheme to fuel expansion. The chosen charity in 2011, and again this year, was Cyclists Fighting Cancer, which provides bikes, adapted tricycles and equipment to children and young people who have been affected by cancer.
Leftfield Bikes • South West London
Leftfield Bikes collect unused bicycles from all South West London addresses and these are sent to Re~Cycle.
Recycling • Elephant & Castle
Recycles 95 percent of the bikes they receive. Most bikes come from local authorities or police recovery, some by donation or part exchange. Sell repaired bikes seven days a week from their workshop, with ‘try before you buy’ available. Tel: 020 7703 7001.
Recycles-Ilford • Ilford/Redbridge
Recycles is a Salvation Army sponsored social enterprise bike recycling project that assists previously homeless or unemployed clients, cycling enthusiasts and other volunteers gain bike mechanic skills, some with a view to them entering the cycling industry and others for personal fulfilment. The project is run by qualified bike mechanics in partnership with Shanks Waste Management, the Metropolitan Police, and members of the public. The enterprise – sister organisation to Recycles-Swindon – provides low cost refurbished bikes to the public as well as offering bike maintenance and Dr Bike services to local organisations. It is open on a Mondays, Friday and Saturday. Tel: 07948 060 473.
London Bike Kitchen • Hackney
The London Bike Kitchen is an award-winning non-profit that supports cyclists in becoming self-sufficient and proficient in bike maintenance. It welcomes people from all backgrounds – and any and all bicycles – and encourages them to contribute to community bike culture in London “and the world.” Every second and fourth Monday night of the month the Bike Kitchen runs an open workshop for women and gender-variant people. “We cover maintenance topics like adjusting brakes and how to fix a puncture, and riding topics like assertive cycling and fitting your bike to your body. Sometimes we show films, other times we just have a chat over tea.” Tel: 0208 127 3808
Recycle-a-bike • Uxbridge
Recycles and refurbishes discarded or donated bikes. Provides volunteer work experience and services bikes. Aims to achieve charitable and City and Guilds training status. Tel: 07985 484184.
Union Cycle Works • Deptford
“We make beautiful bespoke bikes for people and at the same time we work with disadvantaged people from diverse backgrounds,” says the website for Union Cycle Works. Based in an old railway arch off Deptford High Street, the project is a not-for-profit co-operative, open every Saturday from 9.30am to 1.30pm. Union Cycle Works is an associated partner with The Margins Project, a homeless project based in North London. “We are always very grateful to receive donated parts and bicycles at the project. These are really important for us, as cleaning and servicing old parts is the best way for our volunteers to learn and develop their skills. We especially love old and vintage parts, as these normally last forever after a bit of TLC and elbow grease. It’s brilliant if people can drop stuff to our space, but we have a cycle trailer and can come to you if its tricky to get to us.”
Action Bikes – branches across London
Collects and ships to Africa bikes for national charity Re~Cycle from their five Central and South West London shops. Bikes can be donated directly to Action Bikes shops.
Kingston Eco-op • New Malden
The bike recycling workshop is open to Kingston Eco-op service users on Tuesdays and Fridays. There are a maximum of five places available each day. The workshop is linked with Kingston Cycle Campaign and the Royal Borough of Kingston’s Travel Awareness Department. The session has skilled support from a trained bike mechanic. Reconditioned cycles are available for sale. Tel: 020 8942 5503.
London Bike Hub • Ealing
Bike Hub’s main recycling workshop is based in the heart of the London Borough of Ealing and provides a drop off point for cycles. As a not-profit organisation it works with a mix of volunteers, professional mechanics and trainees to restore bicycles for re-use and re-sale. Bikes are also used for training purposes on various projects such as an all-ability maintenance sessions or youth earn-a-bike programme. Bikes that cannot be restored are broken down for spare parts and re-purposed into many other objects such as garden fences, security items, sculptures and more. Collections in bulk can be made and individuals can drop off bikes at the workshop or other locations such as Southall and Brentford. Tel: 020 3651 3361
Recycling Bikes • Waltham Forest
Refurbishes donated bikes, train volunteers on Fridays and Saturdays, and sell bikes on the first Saturday of each month 1-3pm. Public drop-in maintenance sessions on the third and fourth Saturday of the month 11am-3pm. Workshop number: 07948060473 (Fridays and Saturdays only)
Wondergears • Brent, London
WonderGears was set up in the summer of 2012 and works with the homeless men and women from housing association Riverside-ECHG’s housing and training centres at Crown House in Kilburn and Livingstone House in Willesden in the North London borough of Brent. WonderGears provides training and future employment opportunities. Tel: 0208 9630545
Watford Cycle Hub • Watford
Watford Cycle Hub can’t promise celebrities every day – it was the venue for the Prime Minister’s August 2013 announcement about new funds for cycling, with David Cameron being flanked by Victoria Pendleton and Sir Chris Hoy – but it was picked out because of its wide range of community benefitting services. It offers fee-based bike repair services, maintenance courses and cycle training. It also recycles old bikes. As a community ‘hub’ for cycling it also helps with advice and information about cycling and bikes, including local cycle routes and maps, news about locally led rides and cycling opportunities. Tel: 01923 223 994
Southend ReCycle Centre • Southend
Southend ReCycle Centre has drop-off points around the town, refurbishing donated bikes and selling them at low cost. The Leigh-on-Sea centre is open Tuesday-Saturday. Sales take place Thursday 4-8pm and Saturday 9.30am-2pm. Tel: 01702 215003.
Necessary Furniture • Hersden, nr Canterbury
A community partnership redistributing donated bicycles – and furniture, the clue is in the name – for disadvantaged community members. Service charge is required of users. Necessary Furniture also provide work experience. Tel: 01227 712680.
Re~Cycle • Colchester
Founded by Merlin Matthews (that’s his real name), Re~Cycle is the UK’s biggest and best-known bicycle recycling charity. It receives abandoned bikes reclaimed by councils and the police, as well as those donated by members of the public, and sends them to Africa where they provide transport for those who would otherwise spend significant time walking to reach essential services and resources. Re~Cycle also refurbs the strong and trusty delivery bicycles that were once a mainstay of the Royal Mail’s postal delivery fleet. Re~Cycle also has a drop-off point in Cambridge. Tel: 01206 617 865.
OWL bikes • Cambridge
Opportunities Without Limits, or OWL, provides vocational training and opportunities for disabled and disadvantaged people, also running an annual bike harvest in June, encouraging students to donate, rather than abandon, their bikes at the end of term. Re-sells bikes to students to raise funds. Tel: 01223 835329.
Broken Spoke Bike Co-op • Oxford
The Broken Spoke Bike Co-op is Oxford’s only not-for-profit bike shop. It is a DIY bicycle workshop that teaches people of all ages and backgrounds how to ride and repair bicycles. “We are creating a culture of cycling in Oxfordshire.” Tel: 07551 711 746
Bicycle Links • Norwich
Bicycle Links gives unemployed and disadvantaged people skills and workshop experience and also refurbishes unwanted bikes. It’s a Community Interest Company, an enterprise with a social purpose, and any profits are returned to benefit the community. Tel: 01603 631199.
Cranks • Brighton
A volunteer-run DIY bike workshop, Cranks provides tools, space and maintenance advice to those wanting to fix their own bikes as well as recycling unwanted bikes to sell for £30-£60. Cranks also runs a Bike Hospital on Brighton’s streets. Tel: 01273 693 477.
Bicycle Recycling • Gosport
Bicycle Recycling is a community cycle centre that operates on a not for profit basis and encourages cycling in the area. The centre accepts and collects donated bicycles from the local area and reconditions them for resale to the local community. The centre services and carries out repairs using recycled parts where possible to keep costs down. Bicycle Recycling also provide opportunities for young people in association with Motiv8, a charity that engages with young people and supports them in accessing better life choices. Young people can get hands-on experience in a bicycle workshop and gain a recognised certification in bicycle maintenance. Bicycle Recycling is a Velotech Accredited Training Centre. Tel: 02392 601441
Hub & Spoke • Harlow
Hub & Spoke is run by people with lots of different cycling interests and backgrounds, from qualified cycle mechanics to ride leaders, workshop tutors and trainers to volunteers. The facility is open every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm to handle bike maintenance repairs, cycling enquiries for training and courses and to accept donated bikes. Tel: 01279 431333
Community Cycle Centre • Portsmouth
The Community Cycle Centre is open to the public every Saturday morning and passes on refurbished unwanted bikes to the local community. Tel: 07407 374 497
Wheelie Great Bike Store • Bournemouth
WGBS is located in the heart of the student quarter in Lansdowne, Bournemouth, and is a community social enterprise run by social care and support provider Bournemouth Churches Housing Association. “All proceeds from WGBS are reinvested back into local community initiatives supporting vulnerable adults and young people to access housing, health, learning and work opportunities.” The shop is “bright and inviting” and has a viewing gallery where “customers are able to watch the bike mechanics hard at work.” WGBS offers second-hand reconditioned bikes for sale, cycle servicing and “a range of striking designer clothing and BMX bikes.” Open Monday to Saturday. Tel: 01202 310400
Worthing Churches Homeless Projects • Worthing
The bike recycling shop in Strand Parade, Worthing, takes in donations of unwanted bicycles and refurbishes them for sale at reasonable prices. Worthing Churches Homeless Projects client and volunteer mechanics are trained to Gold Weldtech standard. Tel: 01903 249087.
Maidenhead Cycle Hub• Maidenhead
Currently based in the Nicholsons Centre but shortly moving to new premises the Maidenhead Cycle Hub provides mechanical skills and advice on bike routes and cycling safety to get people riding for leisure and to school or work. It provides young people with the opportunity to gain technical skills. “We’re passionate about cycling and the benefits it brings to individuals, our communities and the environment,” say those who created the pop-up Maidenhead Cycle Hub.
Spokes • Kidderminster
Offers young people with learning difficulties opportunities to learn bicycle maintenance skills. Sells second hand bikes and offers repair services as well as refurbishing scrap, donated and abandoned bicycles. Also works with a local college to teach employability skills to young people, and teaches local schoolchildren, and excluded and disadvantaged children, maintenance skills. Tel: 01562 861154.
Coventry Jesus Centre Re-Cycle • Coventry
Receives donated bikes and provides work experience and training in repairing them. Open on Wednesdays, and on volunteer availability. Tel: 07909 384020.
Coventry Recycled Cycles • Coventry
Recycles bikes, parts and tools. Re-sells bikes, as well as offering a referral scheme to those who genuinely can’t afford a bike. Run by a passionate bike fixer hoping to encourage cycling as an affordable means of transport, and improve people’s ability to repair their own bikes. Tel: 07788 673632
Coventry Peace House • Coventry
Renovates bikes from recycling projects and donations for re-sale in the community to promote cycling and provide affordable bikes. Currently looking for volunteers with cycle maintenance skills. Open on Tuesdays and alternate Saturdays. Tel: 02476 664616
Bikes4All • Leicester
Recycles bikes from donations, both private individuals and corporate sponsors. Offers bespoke training and activities to the community from a team of qualified mechanics and trainers, while selling or donating bikes to those on low incomes. Tel: 0116 2420800.
Back2Bikes • Stafford
Charity which relies on donations and aims to make use of every donated bike. Provides training and work experience for volunteers. With an online catalogue, Back2Bikes delivers across the UK with a minimum £10 p&p fee. Tel: 01785 257483
Action 21 • Leamington
Recycles bikes that would otherwise go to landfill, providing training and work placements. Also provides Dr Bikes for events for a nominal fee. Bikes go on sale 10am seven days a week. Money generated helps sustain the charity’s other work. Currently looking for volunteers. Tel: 01926 886438.
Nottingham Bikeworks • Nottingham
Bikeworks is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company. It partners with the Nottingham Refugee Forum, local secondary schools and Castle Cavendish which works with youngsters disadvantaged through social factors such as low income, unemployment, family breakdown or abuse. Tel: 0115 979 2433
Birmingham Bike Foundry • Birmingham
A workers’ cooperative promoting cycling as well as recycling discarded or donated bikes. Runs a workshop and tool club on Thursday nights available for £10 per year as well as maintenance courses. Tel: 0121 459 7276.
Cyclechain • Birmingham
Reclaims, repairs and sells salvaged bikes as well as providing support through training and confidence-building for disadvantaged community members, including those with visual impairment and those recovering from mental health problems. Provides affordable bikes to schools and university students. Tel: 0121 357 0643.
Urban Cycles • Birmingham
A social enterprise restores and rebuilds donated bicycles. Tel: 0121 327 6951
Gear Up • Birmingham
A social enterprise run by young people, Gear Up runs Bikeability cycle training sessions as well as selling recycled bicycles. The enterprise is based on the Bromford and Firs Estate, one of the most deprived places in the UK.
Wolverhampton Bike Shed • Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton Bike Shed is a non-profit project offering bicycle repair and recycling. Tel: 07707 522120
Ayudante • Stoke on Trent
Ayudante provides local volunteer and workplace opportunities, whilst promoting sustainability and health awareness. Public donations of old or unwanted bikes are needed for the project to succeed. These bikes will be refurbished and sold with proceeds going back to support the project. Tel: 01782 311883
Bolton Alternative Transport Bike Recycling Project • Bolton
With the aims of promoting and developing cycling in Bolton, bikes are recycled and salvaged wherever possible. Works alongside other community groups to provide training and refurbished bikes, with council funding and government grants. Open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 09.30-17.30.
Cycle re-cycle • Bradford
Recycles bikes from Bradford’s refuse sites as well as from donations, providing young offenders and the unemployed with training and work experience. Bikes are given to volunteers who have renovated bikes, socially disadvantaged people, or sold to raise funds. Also runs training courses and a chargeable bike surgeon sessions in the area, and hires stands for DIY repairs. Currently looking for volunteers. Operates in Bradford, Halifax and Kirklees. Tel: 07835 840989
Margaret Carey Foundation • Bradford
The Margaret Carey Foundation is a registered charity which takes donated bikes to prisons in the North of England, where they are refurbished. The bikes are then suppled to partner charities who distribute them to people in need, mainly in developing countries. The charity can arrange pick up for bikes in the Bradford area. Tel: 07794534907
York Recycling Network • York
Not-for-profit community interest group recycling bikes from five waste sites in North Yorkshire as well as donations. Services bikes and runs training workshops including get to know your bike and roadside repairs, as well as apprenticeships. Also has a showroom. Open Mon-Sat 07.30-18.30; Sunday 09.00-18.00. Tel: 01904 733789
Recyke Y’Bike • Newcastle upon Tyne
Accepts donated bikes, which are sold to fund the project and to send bikes to Africa via Re~Cycle. Part time staff and volunteers help encourage community involvement and the promotion of cycling.
Tel: 0191 265 4197 or 07737 526020.
Recycle Bikes • Heeley, Sheffield
In 2011 social enterprise Recycle Bikes received 379 donated bikes, of which they sold 227 and donated 138 to Re~cycle. Some of these would otherwise have ended up in landfill. The shop runs training for 14-16 year-olds and evening maintenance courses, led rides, as well as selling ‘recycled’ bikes, servicing and repairing. Tel: 0114 250 7717.
Do It By Bicycle • Stockton
Based at The Hub, Do It By Bicycle refurbishes donated and retrieved bicycles and donates them to job seekers and students. Some are also sold, for £30 or less.
Bike Stop • Darlington
Bike Stop is run by homeless service charity First Stop. Unwanted bikes – no matter what condition – are collected, refurbished and then sold in First Stop’s shop in Skinnergate, Darlington. Bike Stop is a social enterprise, teaching homeless participants cycle mechanic skills and supporting them to run a cycle repair business. Tel: 01325 371793.
The Pedallers Arms • Leeds
The Pedallers Arms is a co-operative of volunteers who want to help people fix up their own bikes and helps “marginal or under represented groups to feel comfortable with their bikes and the space so they can in turn help others.” Workshop hours are Mon-Thu 4-8pm. Tel: 0113 2457274
Re-Cycle Engineering • Leeds
“We’re the last shop in the north of England which provides reconditioned bikes as a core activity,” says the website for this walk-in workshop. Tel: 0113 274 5229
Pedal Power • Lancaster
Accepts donations as part of the Furniture Matters project, strips down and rebuilds bikes and sells to the community via its Furniture Matters shops. Also offers bike maintenance sessions. Tel: 01524 426622
MeCycle Café & Bike Workshop • Ainsdale, near Southport
MeCycle was established in 2011 as a bike recycling scheme offering work placement opportunities to adults with autism. It is owned by Autism Initiatives. MeCycle sells new and refurbished bikes, accessories and cycle clothing as well as serving home-made and locally sourced food, cakes and barista coffee. The store and café is open 7 days per week and offer free bicycle rides, maintenance classes and Dr Bike services. There are often vacancies for people with autism to work in the café and the workshop. MeCycle has two full time Cytech-qualified mechanics, and sells a range of vintage and refurbished womens’, gents’ and childrens’ bikes. Tel: 01704 579353
Wesley Bikes • Manchester
Wesley Bikes, a registered charity, aims to provide local people with access to work, training & education. It operates a volunteer programme for unemployed people and also works with the Waste Authority and local schools, advancing social welfare whilst also promoting reuse/recycling & cycling and thus contributing to an improved local environment. Tel: 0161 226 9051
Pedal MCR • Manchester
A community project offering maintenance and cycle training, both on a one to one basis and in groups, with bike hire as well as a bike recycling arm. Runs pedal-powered cinema in summer, while an open workshop on Saturdays allows people to fix their own bikes. The Earn A Bike scheme allows those on limited incomes to build their own bikes from salvaged parts. Tel: 07931 457 808.
Cycloan • Stockport
Cycloan is a cycle refurbishment scheme for young people at risk of offending and offenders aged 8-19. It is run by Stockport Council’s Youth Offending Service. The scheme repairs lost, stolen and broken bikes as a constructive pursuit and community reparation. The bikes are donated back to victims of cycle theft or sold to members of the public. Tel: 0161 4762876.
Cycles Recycled • Stockport
A community interest company taking in bikes from across the North West, reusing parts and refurbishing bikes and selling them on to the public. Also provides bike maintenance training and sells used parts. Runs Cycle-4-Smoothie sessions in schools, using a bike powered smoothie maker. Accepts volunteers. Tel: 0844 854 8808
Recycle Cycles • Crewe
A community interest bike shop where everything sold has been donated. Tel: 01270 583019.