The Bike Station Prisons project
The Bike Station works in partnership with the Scottish Prison Service to provide training workshops in prisons across Scotland. This started with Shotts prison in 2006, with a prison workshop repairing and refurbishing children’s bikes. This project provided training to short-term inmates as part of the prison’s restorative justice and was very successful. We now have prison workshops set up in HMP Perth, Polmont and Shotts where prisoners are trained to be bike mechanics, and it’s proving to be a very popular collaboration.
In 2011 the Bike Station Prisons project was expanded with funding from the Robertson Trust. We train prison officers how to repair and rebuild bikes, they then pass this knowledge onto the prisoners. These workshops are popular with both staff and prisoners. The prisoners a chance given to learn useful skills and gain qualifications. Also, prison officers have told us that these workshops and some of the most peaceful places in the prisons.
At the moment, the turnaround is about 20 fixed bikes from each prison per week. The bikes come back to The Bike Station and are given a thorough quality check onsite before they are put on the sales floor at each of our branches.