Our Prison Project aims to equip prisoners across Scotland with basic bike knowledge and work experience.
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. Prisoners are given a chance to learn useful skills and gain qualifications. Prison officers have told us that these workshops and some of the most peaceful places in the prisons.
We receive 20 fixed bikes from each prison per week, the bikes are then given a thorough quality check onsite before they are put on the sales floor at each of our branches.
The History of our Prison Project
In 2011 the Bike Station Prisons project was expanded with funding from the Robertson Trust.
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.
The Shotts 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.