History and structure

Bike for Good is a charity and social enterprise which started in July 2010 in a small stall in Glasgow’s Barras market. With a few donated bikes, a cobbled together tool kit and a team of volunteers with a huge amount of passion and drive, Bike for Good (then known as Glasgow Bike Shed) was born! 

We now have two thriving Community Hubs in Glasgow and an amazing team of 42 staff members and 50 + volunteers who are changing thousands of lives through cycling.

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Members of the Community Outreach team

 

You can learn more about the members of our amazing team. Many of our wonderful volunteers have shared their experiences of working with Bike for Good through our online case studies.

Bike for Good provides access to low cost but good quality bikes whilst diverting tonnes of waste from landfill.  These bikes are kindly donated by members of the public and are then refurbished and sold in our two Community Hubs. Find out more about how to donate your bike.

  • On average, our team of mechanics refurbish over 1000 bikes per year, diverting tonnes of waste from landfill while also providing access to affordable bikes to the public.  Find out more about how to buy a refurbished bike. As well as the environmental impact of this work, the income from bike sales helps to fund our work in the community. 
  • To keep your bike in tip-top condition, our expert mechanics offer a comprehensive bike maintenance and repair service. The aim is to keep you cycling all year round.  

In addition, we offer a comprehensive programme of inclusive projects which promote, support and encourage greater levels of cycling. 

Cycling has a multitude of benefits for society, from environmental improvements to health promotion and financial savings. We have created a series of projects and services which seek to highlight this to the public and fill a gap in current provision. Our work is structured under three impact themes:

  • Active Travel – promotes cycling as a sustainable form of transport through the delivery of:
    • Refurbished bike sales and bike servicing 
    • Bike and e-bike loans 
    • Community Dr Bikes (pop up bike maintenance sessions)
    • Maintenance classes
    • Bike Buddies programme
    • Weekly cycle training sessions
    • E-cargo bike loans
    • Confidence building led rides
    • Extensive film and speaker event programme
  • Skills and Development – improves the life chances of young people and adults who are not engaged in full time education or employment through the delivery of: 
    • Maintenance classes
    • City and Guilds qualifications
    • Build your own bike courses
    • Fix your own bike sessions, including ones for young people
    • Govanhill Gears Kids Club (led ride and learn to ride activities)
    • Bespoke volunteering and development programme 
    • Women and non-binary specific maintenance programme
  • Health and Wellbeing – improves the mental and physical wellbeing of people with long-term health conditions through the delivery of:
    • 1:1 cycle confidence building sessions
    • Weekly group rides
    • Supporting partner organisations and participants to create their own cycling groups/hubs
    • Providing an affordable transport option to those on a low income via reduced price Nextbike memberships 
    • Weekly women and non-binary specific cycle training sessions

You can find out more about these services and how to access them through the Get a Bike, Repair a Bike, Get Cycling and Develop Your Skills pages.

Recently we launched a subsidiary organisation (in partnership with Vélogik) called Motion Forward which provides business to business service and fleet maintenance. A share of the income from Motion Forward will help deliver our charitable work. 

Learn more about Bike for Good and our history through this video:

Vision, Mission and Values

Our projects and services are all designed to help achieve our vision and mission:

Vision

A healthy and inclusive environment where everyone in the community benefits from more people cycling.

Mission

We enable people to ride a bike. We believe that cycling is the most effective and sustainable form of transport; we believe it enhances our chances for a healthy life and environment.

Values

  • PassionateWe are passionate about cycling as a tool for positive change.
  • Supportive – We work at the heart of communities, empowering people and building partnerships. To make this happen, we nurture a collaborative work environment.
  • Environmentally aware – We protect and preserve the environment for the benefit of all.
  • ExpertiseWe continuously develop our skills and share them with our volunteers and staff, and throughout the community.

Timeline

  • Glasgow Bike Shed founded and based in Barras Market – July 2010
  • Moved to Haugh Road, the location of our West Hub – October 2012
  • Became a Cycle Friendly Employer centre – May 2013
  • 10,000th bike donated – March 2014
  • Became a City and Guild Accredited centre – August 2015
  • Gained a Quality Scotland Accreditation – May 2016
  • Opening our South Community Hub in Govanhill, – May 2017
  • 20,000th bike donated – August 2017
  • Rebranded as Bike for Good – November 2017
  • Successfully launched Edinburgh Cycle Hire Scheme September 2017
  • Moved our growing Southside hub to new, bigger premises – April 2019
  • Launched a subsidiary organisation Motion Forward – June 2021

Aye Cycle Glasgow

In 2019 we helped to establish an online hub for all things cycling in and around Glasgow, a collective of Glasgow-based cycling organisations. This collective is known as Aye Cycle Glasgow.

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