Trade-In is back for 2018 and there are many good reasons why it’s our favourite campaign: It’s springtime and everyone is getting back into the spirit of cycling, customers can save on a shiny new bike while decluttering their sheds or garages at the same time, and, best of all, each and every donated bike serves a good cause! Proud to be working with 18 social enterprises across the UK, here we put the spotlight on our different partner charities throughout the campaign. Next up, The Bike Station…
The Bike Station
Your primary aim
To reduce the barriers to cycling by making cycling accessible and supporting cyclists all over Scotland.
Number of employees or volunteers
17 Employees and 20 Volunteers
Number of bikes recycled/refurbished each year
In the last year we have refurbished 1564 bikes. Since we started up in 2002, over 55,000 bikes have been donated to our project and prevented from ending up in landfill.
Workshops/courses that you offer
Maintenance Classes, Cycle Training, Velotech Training, Fix Your Own Bike sessions for the public.
Benefits gained from Evans Cycles Trade In
We are really grateful for the donation of bikes as we can refurbish them and make them available at affordable prices through our shop, leading to even more happy cyclists in Edinburgh. It also helps us introduce new and returning cyclists to the joys of riding a bike in Edinburgh which boosts the local cycling community.
Future projects and ambitions
Cycle Friendly Cities – through which we support cyclists with free Dr Bike cycle safety checks and cycling advice at pop up events all over Scotland’s cities.
Balance Bike project – offers nursaries in the Edinburgh area two free balance bikes to help children get used to being on two wheels and enjoy active outdoor play.
Cashback Change Cycle – Working with The Venture Trust, we offer build your own bike courses and cycle training to disenfranchised young people
As well as this we work with a number of Scottish prisons to help them provide mechanical training and workshop opportunities for serving prisoners. We also work with various charities like Bikes for Refugees by offering them part of our donated stock which they can then pass on.