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.

NOTES TO EDITORS

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.

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

17/12/18

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.

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:

http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20135/cycling_projects/671/apply_for_a_bike_from_brake_the_cycle

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.
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!