The seeds of The Bike Station were sown in the late nineties when some parents with children at Sciennes Primary School in Edinburgh set up an informal bike swap for kids who had outgrown their bikes.
Things snowballed, and within a couple of years, the parent who had taken the lead found their garage, shed and greenhouse filled with donated bikes. Far more people wanted second-hand bikes than anyone had expected!
2001 – The parents decided that Edinburgh needed a more formal bike recycling operation. They successfully applied for grant funding and in April 2001 the Castle Cliff Bicycle Workshop on Johnstone Terrace opened.
Later the same year they received a visit from the Scottish Environment Minister Ross Finnie, to officially announce that Castlecliff had received a grant which allowed them to employ a part-time development worker for three years.
The Bike Station is born
2002 – A year later this project was moved to the basement of Edinburgh’s Waverley Railway Station, which is where the name The Bike Station comes from. The Bike Station was officially opened for business on the 14th of October 2002.
Moving on up to Causewayside
From these small beginnings, the Edinburgh Bike Station has since relocated to a much larger site in Edinburgh at 250 Causewayside to meet the city’s demand for recycled bikes. At first, The Bike Station used to only sell bikes on Saturdays. This used to result in some pretty wild queues around the building with some people queueing from 6 am to get their hands on one of our bikes!
2010 – 2012 – The Bike Station opened in Perth in 2010, and the Glasgow Bike Station joined the Bike Station family in 2012, though they rebranded as Bike for Good in 2017.
2014 – From small beginnings as an informal school bike swap, we’ve grown to become Scotland’s largest bicycle recycling organisation. We take in over 10,000 old and discarded bikes a year. In 2014, the Edinburgh Bike Station recycled its 40,000th bike, and in the same year, the Perth Bike Station recycled its 15,000th bike.
Rising from the ashes
2016 – Sadly it hasn’t all been plain sailing. In 2016 the Edinburgh Bike Station’s Causewayside shop suffered a disastrous fire. Among the many casualties was the “landmark” 50,000th bike recycled in Edinburgh.
The fire broke just days before The Bike Station was due to celebrate its 14th anniversary – but despite this the staff had the shop and workshop up and running again in our warehouse space at 244 Causewayside within days.
2017 – After months of hard work – and a fantastic response to our online fundraiser – we reopened our original Causewayside shop for business in May 2017.
The Bike Station today
We have never forgotten our grassroots beginning and continue to inspire a sense of adventure in our community. The Bike Station today is modernising and building a stronger network in communities across Scotland.
Our focus is on reuse, recycling, and refurbishment and creating a hub of excitement and sustainability in both Perth and Edinburgh.To find out a bit more about what we do.