Charity Spotlight: The Bike Station

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

 

Charity title

The Bike Station

 

Location

Edinburgh

 

Year established

2002

 

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.

 

>> To find out more about Trade-In head to the Evans Cycles website <<

 

>> To find out more about The Bike Station head to their website <<

 

 

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