Hero Bikes press release

The Bike Station launches free Hero Bikes scheme for key workers in response to the coronavirus crisis.

On Good Friday Scotland’s foremost bicycle recycling charity The Bike Station will formally launch a new scheme to help key workers in Perth and Edinburgh get around safely. Anyone who is a key worker (as defined by the UK government) can now apply for a free recycled bike to help them travel safely, avoid public transport and decompress at the end of each shift.

Erin Tindal, a care home worker in Perth, will receive the first Hero Bike. Erin originally borrowed her bike through the Social Cycle Project loan, and she will now own it outright as a Hero Bike. Using the Hero Bike more than halves her journey time to work on foot. Erin said “It was mostly out of necessity really that I wanted to cycle. I didn’t think I’d love it as much as I did. It’s amazing. I’ve been cycling in all weathers as well which has been fab”.

Sasha Taylor, Chief Executive of The Bike Station said:

“Now more than ever our key workers need our support. We know bikes can help, by providing access to safe and affordable independent transport and just as importantly, a means to look after their own health and well-being. We’ve launched Hero Bikes to support our key workers who are giving their all to protect our communities”

The Bike Station, supported by Transport Scotland, Cycling Scotland, Paths for All, City of Edinburgh Council, Spokes, Discovery Bike Tours, and Madison will provide a fully refurbished second-hand bike to any key worker.

Inspired by the scheme, Discovery Bicycle Tours, which runs cycling holidays in Scotland and across Europe, has donated its used fleet of touring bikes. These are being refurbished as Hero Bikes right now. Scott Cone of Discovery Bicycle Tours said;

“This is a great use of our bikes, and we arranged a donation as soon as we heard about the scheme. We can’t wait to see key workers set up with their Hero Bikes”

To be eligible workers will need to provide proof of their role and be aged 16 or over. Priority will be given to residents of the two cities served by our shops, Perth and Edinburgh. Fundraising is ongoing to expand the scheme to support as many key workers as possible. Anyone can donate to fund accessory packs for key workers and spare parts needed to refurbish second-hand bikes on our website.


The Bike Station is a bicycle recycling charity based in Edinburgh and Perth which promotes cycling across Scotland. We repair unwanted bikes and put them back on the road. In addition, we provide cycle training, bike maintenance training, and refurbished bikes to promote cycling as a healthy and sustainable means of transport across Edinburgh, the Lothians, Perth and Kinross and beyond. We work to support cyclists start and keep cycling, working on location and at the Bike Station, and help other organisations promote cycling and bike maintenance skills.

Volunteer Board Member: Treasurer

Volunteer Board Member: Treasurer

The Bike Station profile:
We are a social enterprise and charitable company dedicated to helping people to overcome barriers to cycling in Scotland. We recycle donated bikes, sell them at affordable prices and use the proceeds to help more people across Scotland get cycling, help people learn to ride their bicycles safely and learn to repair them themselves. As a charitable company, we also support our activities through grant funding. We work for a future where everyone has the opportunity to enjoy cycling and its benefits and can access the support, advice and skills they need to keep their bike safely on the road.

Time commitment:
Board members attend six meetings a year, at least one of which is in Perth. Meetings are usually on a weeknight from 18:45 to 20:45. Trustees are also invited to the Annual General Meeting.

The Bike Station, 250 Causewayside, Edinburgh EH9 1UU and The Bike Station, 284 High Street, Perth PH1 5QS. Note: We are particularly keen to recruit board members in the Dundee and Perth & Kinross area; there will be potential to attend Edinburgh meetings by Skype as appropriate. Expenses incurred by travelling to meetings will be reimbursed.

Treasurer: Job description:
In addition to the responsibilities of all trustees (see below), the overall role of the Treasurer is to maintain an overview of the Bike Station’s affairs, ensure its financial viability, and ensure that proper financial records and procedures are maintained. They will assist other trustees to perform their financial duties by:

  • controlling and accounting for the organisation’s finances
  • presenting financial reports, raising issues and answering questions at regular meetings and the AGM
  • interpreting and explaining accounting requirements
  • ensuring that the board receives reports containing the information needed in an ‘easy to understand’ format
  • helping trustees guide any other professional advisers they have appointed
  • ensuring statutory returns are made to any relevant regulators

The responsibilities of the Treasurer will include:

  • oversight of the preparation and presentation of budgets, accounts and financial statements
  • assuring that the financial resources of The Bike Station meet its present and future needs
  • ensuring that The Bike Station has an appropriate reserves policy
  • ensuring that appropriate accounting procedures and controls are in place
  • advising on the financial implications of The Bike Station’s strategic plan
  • ensuring that the accounts are prepared in the form prescribed by regulations, included in the annual report and submitted to the relevant statutory bodies
  • ensuring that the accounts are audited in the manner prescribed by regulations, and any recommendations of the auditors implemented
  • keeping the board informed about its financial duties and responsibilities
  • contributing to the fundraising strategy of The Bike Station
  • making a formal presentation of the accounts at the Annual General Meeting and drawing attention to important points in a coherent and easily understandable way

Person specification for Treasurer:

In addition to the qualities needed by all trustees, the Treasurer should have:

  • financial experience and business planning skills
  • experience of organisational finance and fundraising
  • the skills to analyse proposals and examine their financial consequences
  • a preparedness to make unpopular recommendations to the board
  • a willingness to be available to give advice on financial matters and answer enquiries from any staff or volunteers on an ad hoc basis


Please email us at chair[@]thebikestation[.]org[.]uk with the title “Treasurer” to express interest, and we will send you a short application form.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community. If you are interested but unsure if this role is for you, we would be happy to have an informal chat: please contact Alan Brown at chair[@]thebikestation[.]org[.]uk

Deadline for applications: 17 May 2019

All trustee board members have the duty to:

  • ensure that the Bike Station complies with its governing document (the Articles of Association), charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • ensure that the Bike Station pursues its objects as defined in its governing document
  • ensure that the Bike Station applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects. For example, it must not spend money on activities which are not included in the objects, however worthwhile they may be
  • contribute actively to the board of trustees by giving firm strategic direction to the Bike Station, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets, and evaluating performance against agreed targets
  • safeguard the good name and values of the Bike Station
  • ensure the financial stability of the Bike Station

In addition to the above statutory duties, each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. This may involve leading discussions, identifying key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, and evaluating or offering advice on other areas in which the trustee has particular expertise. We are particularly keen to recruit trustees with experience in HR and financial management.

Each trustee board member must have:

  • a commitment to the mission of the Bike Station
  • a willingness to attend meetings regularly and give of their time and expertise on specific issues
  • integrity
  • strategic vision
  • good, independent judgement
  • an ability to think creatively
  • a willingness to speak their mind
  • an understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • an ability to work effectively as a member of a team and to take decisions for the good of the Bike Station

Contact us, again.

We were wondering why you had all gone quiet and had stopped sending us email message via our website. After a wee bit of poking around, we have just found that all our contact forms were sending your messages to spam. Sorry about this, we have fixed now and would really love to hear from you again.

The form effected included the Donate a Bike form, the Cycle Training and the contact form on the right-hand side of the page. All of these are now working again, and we’d love to hear from you!

Festive Greetings!

*Festive Greetings and Happy New Year
from The Bike Station team!*

Please note that we 
will be closed from

5pm 22nd December 2018 until

5th January 2019 .

We will reopen the shop at 10am on Saturday 5th January 2019!*




Recycle to Cycle – The Bike Station AGM

Recycle to Cycle – The Bike Station AGM

Sunday 13th January 3.30pm

@ The Bike Station, 250 Causewayside, Edinburgh, EH9 1UU

You are invited to attend the Recycle to Cycle Ltd AGM as an opportunity to reflect on the past year of activity and to elect the Board of Directors for the coming year.

The meeting will start at 3.30pm on Sunday 13th January 2019. There will be a short presentation on the work of The Bike Station by our Chair, Alan Brown followed by the formal business of the meeting.

You are also invited to join us for a social catch up afterwards.

We hope you will be able to join us.

Alan Brown

Chair of Recycle to Cycle


Update: the AGM minutes and the Treasurers Report to the 2019 Bike Station AGM are available to down load (see links).

Bike Station announces new Chief Executive Officer

Press release:

New CEO Sasha Taylor to lead the Bike Station in seeking new challenges and opportunities to break down barriers to cycling across Scotland.

The Bike Station is delighted to announce the appointment of our new CEO, Sasha Taylor who took up post on 16 October 2018.

Most recently with Starcatchers, Scotland’s National Arts and Early Years Charity, Sasha has a track record of innovation, creativity and successful business development. Prior to this role Sasha had worked with a range of third sector organisations focused on challenging inequality and improving lives and so brings to the role of Bike Station CEO a broad and deep experience of working with diverse communities. We are excited and delighted to welcome her on board and look forward to to working with her to to deliver our mission in removing the barriers that stand between people and cycling in Scotland.

Sasha Taylor said, “I am thrilled to take up role at Chief Executive for The Bike Station. Scotland has an opportunity to lead the way in sustainable and affordable active travel; benefiting individuals, communities and protecting our environment. The Bike Station has a respected place within our communities, as the place to go for affordable bikes, built and serviced by our passionate, experienced and talented mechanics. With continued support and donations from the public and with the enthusiasm and expertise of our team The Bike Station is well placed to ensure the benefits and joys of riding a bike for both adventure and travel are available to all.”

Chair of the Bike Station Alan Brown said, “This is both a challenging and exciting time for the Bike Station and we are incredibly lucky to have secured Sasha’s expertise. She’s bringing us not just drive, energy and in-depth knowledge of the third sector but also a great deal of bike and cycling knowledge. I know that the whole board is looking forward to working with Sasha to secure our future and spread cycling far and wide into Scottish society.”

About The Bike Station

The Bike Station is a social enterprise dedicated to helping people to overcome barriers to cycling in Scotland, with sites in Edinburgh and Perth (Dundee opening soon). We recycle donated bikes, sell them at affordable prices and use the proceeds to help people across Scotland get cycling for better mental and physical health, and for the health of the environment. We help people learn to ride their bicycles safely and to repair them themselves. As a charitable company we also support our activities through grant funding Beginning as an informal primary school bike swap nearly 20 years ago, we have since grown to become a Scotland-wide professional bicycle recycling business. We work for a future where everyone has the opportunity to enjoy cycling and its benefits, and can access the support, advice and skills they need to keep their bike safely on the road.

Job: Chief Executive Officer, The Bike Station (Recycle to Cycle Ltd)

Post title: Chief Executive Officer

Please note this post has been filled.

Starting Salary: £40,000 pro rata

Status: Part-time: 3 days / 22 hours per week. Following a successful six month probationary period the post will become permanent.
Relationships & accountability: The CEO is accountable to the Chair and Board and will line manage The Bike Station senior management team, with responsibility for the overall leadership and management of the organisation.

Location: The post will divide time between The Bike Station Edinburgh on Causewayside and The Bike Station Perth. The exact split will be determined by operational needs, but a regular presence in both locations is expected. Travel to other locations in Scotland will sometimes be required.

Organisation profile:
We are a social enterprise and charitable company. Now the largest recycler of bikes in the UK with 25 employees and a turnover of £750,000 our aim is a future where everyone has the opportunity to cycling and its benefits, and access to the support, advice and skills they need to keep their bike safely on the road. We refurbish donated bikes, sell them at affordable prices and use the proceeds to overcome barriers to cycling in Scotland.

The post:
We are seeking someone confident, enthusiastic and able to achieve great things with limited resources to build upon past successes and identify and engage with new opportunities for growth. Our CEO will be a great communicator, well versed in financial planning and reporting and committed to our aims. Responsible for the overall leadership and management of the organisation, including its financial viability and sustainability, they will seek out, initiate and develop new opportunities and relationships for The Bike Station across Scotland.

Application is by CV and letter of interest, stating why you would like the role and outlining how you fit the person specification, to: chair@thebikestation.org.uk We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Deadline for applications: 12 noon Monday 9th July 2018

Interviews: will be held week beginning July 16th 2018

For an informal conversation about the role please contact Alan Brown at chair@thebikestation.org.uk

Personal Specification

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Ensuring robust management of the senior team through outstanding leadership.
  • Working with the Board to implement the organisational strategy, policy and efficient procedures to ensure the organisation delivers its obligations to its volunteers and community.
  • Development and delivery of business plans and fundraising activity to ensure income is continually secured to deliver the organisation objectives.
  • Provision of a sound governance, risk management and financial management framework

The successful applicant will:

  • Identify ambitious growth plans for The Bike Station and clearly communicate how they will be achieved
  • Prepare and present budgets and forecasts and work with the Board to ensure a sustainable future for the organisation
  • Provide the Board with timely and accurate management information to enable it to make informed strategic decisions
  • Think strategically and plan workflow accordingly with limited resources
  • Find and secure new opportunities for funding and partnerships
  • Act as spokesperson for The Bike Station for the press and media and at events as necessary, alongside the project managers
  • Direct the effective marketing and sale of refurbished bicycles and accessories
  • Deliver robust and supportive management to build an effective and committed team of staff and volunteers
  • Set a positive, honest and enthusiastic tone and working environment
  • Uphold a commitment to high quality across all our products and services

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate:

  • Experience of managing an organisation or department with similar turnover and of similar scale
  • Experience writing and developing business plans and budgets
  • Experience of managing funding applications to trusts and tendering for statutory funding
  • Strategic thinking and leadership skills
  • Creative problem-solving with the ability to work with sometimes constrained resources
  • A dynamic and positive attitude capable of motivating and persuading others
  • Creative problem-solving and the ability to work with sometimes constrained resources

The ability to demonstrate any of the following would be desirable but not essential:

  • Retail industry experience
  • Experience of successful high value fundraising
  • Knowledge of HR policies and procedures
  • Experience of driving organisational change
  • Experience of the bike trade

Additional information:

The post holder may from time-to-time be required to work outside the normal working hours – either as flexible hours or Time off in Lieu (TOIL).
The particular duties and responsibilities attached to this post may vary from time to time without changing the general character of the duties or the level of responsibility, with any changes being undertaken in agreement with the post holder.

The Bike Station, 250 Causewayside, Newington, Edinburgh EH9 1UU. Registered as Recycle-to-Cycle Ltd, a charitable company limited by guarantee. Registered in Edinburgh under company numbers SC237798 and SC237799. Scottish charity number SC033703.

Brake The Cycle

We were really happy to offer over refurbished kids bikes to the Brake the Cycle project today. The bikes had been donated to us by the public and then refurbished through our prisons projects before being handed over to the team at Brake the Cycle.

Brake the Cycle is an Edinburgh City Council lead recycling project which takes old and unwanted bikes and renovates them. The bikes are then given away for free to community groups, and youth groups, or to individual people and the project offers those a bike who, under their normal circumstance, may not be able to afford one.

If you would like to find out more, or even apply for a bike yourself or for someone you know, please follow the link below:


From Monday 26th of February we will be opening earlier and closing later throughout the working week. This is so that you can fit all your cycling needs around your busy work lives.
Feel free to take advantage of our new opening hours by booking in repairs, coming in for advice, or taking your time over your new bike purchase.
New opening hours as of Monday the 19th of February:
MONDAY              Closed*
TUESDAY             8am – 7pm
WEDNESDAY      8am – 8pm
THURSDAY          8am – 7pm
FRIDAY                 8am – 7pm
SATURDAY          10am – 5pm
SUNDAY               Closed
*Repair drop off and donations only on a Monday.

Cycle Friendly Employer Plus Award for RBS Gogarburn

RBS cycle friendly employer award

The Edinburgh Bike Station is proud to have supported the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Gogarburn HQ, who have been presented with the first-ever Cycle Friendly Employer Plus Award in Scotland.

Keith Irving, CEO of Cycling Scotland, and Wendy Graham from the Edinburgh Bike Station presented the award to Ross McEwan, CEO of RBS and David Monaghan, chief cycle champion at RBS.

This award is in recognition of the sterling efforts of RBS Gogarburn to support and encourage more staff to cycle. Efforts have included the introduction of a business mileage rate, the introduction of a pool bike scheme for staff, an exemplary bicycle user groups, support from senior management, and excellent changing and parking facilities.

The award is delivered with funding from Transport Scotland and supported by Healthy Working Lives.

The Edinburgh Bike Station is an accredited Cycling Scotland service centre, delivering local support for employers registered for the award.

The Cycle Friendly Employer Award is open to all Scottish employers. Interested employers can register online by completing a short questionnaire at www.cycling.scot.  Alternatively any Edinburgh and Lothians workplaces can contact Wendy at the Bike Station on wendy[at]thebikestation.org.uk for further details. There is also more information here.

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