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Like so many organisations, many of our staff and volunteers were required to remain at home and we saw a reduction of bikes being refurbished and reduced recycling capacity.

But did we let this dampen our spirits? We did not.

We believe we have much cause for celebration as we were able to adapt and provide a local response to the crisis. We gave back to our community by launching our Hero Bikes program, ensuring continued support to the local green economy.

But you don’t need to take our word(s) for our 2020 awesome sauce. People, we have the numbers…

Upcycling pre-loved bikes

  • In 2020, our mechanics spent roughly 4,555 hours spent working on bikes.
  • 1,822 of the bikes found new homes, inspiring new cyclists.
  • Over 200 were specially made into Hero Bikes for our key workers.
  • The remaining bikes are in our warehouse awaiting their next adventure.

Recycling and reuse

In 2020, we saved 50 tonnes of bikes from landfills, this is the equivalent of 7.5 hefty Tyrannosauruses! The bikes are refurbished, harvested for parts (in the nicest possible way) and the unused metal is recycled. We also distribute bikes to other organisations for reuse and make second-hand parts and accessories available for purchase. This enables us to support a more sustainable environment by promoting reuse, recycling and repair.

  • 17 tonnes of abandoned bicycles collected across nine Perth & Kinross Recycling Centres.
  • 33 tonnes of donated bicycles in Edinburgh.
  • 24 tonnes of bikes were reused.
  • 22 tonnes of bikes were recycled.