Our mission is simple: get refugees cycling!
At The Bike Project, we take secondhand bikes, fix them up and donate them to refugees and asylum seekers in London and Birmingham.
The UK is bursting with opportunities – but it’s also expensive. Especially when you’re a refugee trying to navigate the complex asylum process on just £37.75 a week. At The Bike Project, we believe that no one should have to choose between eating a square meal and catching the bus. That’s why we do bikes.
Having fled persecution and atrocity in their country of origin, most refugees arrive in the UK with absolutely nothing. A bike helps them access food banks, legal advice, healthcare, education and much more. If they’re lucky enough to receive official refugee status, a bike can help refugees find employment.
As one of our bike beneficiaries puts 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 7500 bikes to refugees from dozens of countries including Syria, Eritrea and Albania.
We also run Bike Buddies, a cycling befriending project, and Pedal Power, teaching refugee women to cycle – sometimes for the first time in their lives.