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Cycles of Good

Funded on Spacehive 25 January 2024

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Cycles of Good

Cycles of Good

Windrush Bike Project By Windrush Bike Project

At WBP vulnerable people learn skills and build confidence through recycling donated bikes. The bikes are then given to disadvantaged young people, refugees and asylum seekers who need them.

Witney Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 25 Jan 2024!

50 disadvantaged children in West Oxfordshire will receive a bike or tricycle from our bike library on long term loan. This will enable them to learn to ride, get regular exercise and take part in Bikeability cycle training alongside their peers. 200 asylum seekers currently staying at a hotel in Witney will have access to a pool of 10 bikes to enable them to make local journeys. The bikes will be donated by members of the public and refurbished by Windrush Bike Project volunteers. The bikes will be locked in a central area checked out by residents at the hotel reception. 5 residents will be trained in simple repair skills. 25 young people living in and around Witney will be able to fix their own bikes or recycle donated bikes at our Youth Mechanics Drop in service. 20 adults will attend our Rusty Riders programme gaining new confidence to undertake short journeys by cycle for health, well-being, shopping, education or employment.

What we'll deliver:

  • 50 bikes given to disadvantaged children on long term loan
  • 200 Asylum seekers will have access to a pool bike for transport
  • 25 young people have a safe and inclusive space to learn bike mechanics
  • 20 adults will have more confidence to undertake short journeys by bike

Why it's a great idea:

Our inclusive bike library removes the financial and physical barriers to children owning and riding cycles. With a bike or trike children will establish the habits that can form part of an active and healthy lifestyle, taking part in Bikeability training alongside their peers at school, learning a vital life skill. The 200 Asylum seekers housed in the hotel in Witney have a minimal stipend making bus fares unaffordable. Their children can be placed in schools up to 40 minutes walk away. A pool of shared bikes will mean that more individuals can access education, shops and services. Asylum seekers who took part in a build a bike course with us in 2023 said that the most significant impact of having a cycle was access to education and mental health benefits. Drop in sessions mean disadvantaged young people have a safe and inclusive space to learn bike mechanics and keep their cycles roadworthy. Adults will gain the confidence to make short journeys by cycle.

Steps to get it done:

  • Produce publicity for youth mechanics - online and physical
  • Engage with Witney Hotel regarding systems for borrowing pool bikes
  • Contact primary schools doing cycle training to make them aware of bike library
  • Put out call for donation of 24" bikes - improve information available on our website regarding donations
  • Recycle bikes for library at a range of sizes (20", 24" and 26" wheels)
  • Recycle bikes for Asylum seekers - fit with accessories and provide lights and locks
  • Provide training for Asylum seekers mechanics so they can fix small problems
  • Carry out a monthly check on the bikes at the Hotel
  • Arrange cycle collection for children referred to bike libary
  • Monitor results from Library and youth mechanics with simple surveys and testimony
  • Monitor results from hotel with data on number of collections, number of individual users and testimony

Our circular model of donate, volunteer, refurbish and donate again has numerous additional benefits for the environment, WBP volunteers and recipients: 1) Bikes are saved from landfill and given a new lease of life (reducing waste and keeping them in operation for longer). 2) Workshop volunteers are engaged in recycling bikes for social good providing meaningful work in a social environment. 3) Bike library recipients receive the gift of mobility - sometimes for the first time in their lives - and the ability to take part in, what for many of us is a right of passage, cycle training in primary school. 4). Workshop volunteers will acquire new skills and the ability to help others through the youth drop in service and supporting asylum seekers. 5) Adults swap car journeys for those by bike reducing congestion and air pollution as well as benefitting their own mental and physical health.

Location Witney

About the space

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West Oxfordshire District Council

How will the money be spent?Total £17,207

Staff time youth mechanics - £3,744 (22%)
Mechanic time for Library bikes - £1,950 (11%)
60 bicycles for library and asylum seekers - £1,800 (10%)
Spare parts for Library bikes - £1,750 (10%)
Organisational costs @10% - £1,313 (8%)
Rusty Riders ride leader - £1,014 (6%)
Staff time for bike referrals - £975 (6%)
Maintenance of pool bikes - £660 (4%)
Contribution to rent to store Library bikes - £600 (3%)
Staff time managing pool bikes - £507 (3%)
Other - £2,894 (17%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Staff time youth mechanics
Mechanic time for Library bikes
60 bicycles for library and asylum seekers
Spare parts for Library bikes
Organisational costs @10%
Rusty Riders ride leader
Staff time for bike referrals
Maintenance of pool bikes
Contribution to rent to store Library bikes
Staff time managing pool bikes
Other Read More
  • Bike mechanics course for Asylum Seekers
  • Mechanic time to refurbish pool bikes
  • Spare parts for pool bikes
  • Accessories for pool bikes
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transport to make adapted cycles available
  • Youth mechanics drop in promotion
  • 3 bikes refurbished ready for loan
  • Spare parts for youth mechanics
  • Printing costs for promotional materials
  • VAT
  • Spare Helmets (inc VAT)
  • Transaction fees


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • More bikes for the bike library
  • Spare parts for the youth mechanics programme

Total £17,207

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