“Like any story it all started once upon a time with a little boy called Greg who had an accident learning to ride a bike. He developed a fear of cycling. He grew and grew and started a successful career in the corporate world. Until one day he read about an adult who leaned to cycle at The Bike Station, in Edinburgh. He learned to ride a bike at the age of 30 and cycling changed his life. He started to commute by bike, he ditched reading the Metro and quit his job. Midlife Crisis? Well maybe. Greg then moved to Glasgow and sold his car and started to volunteer. He also realised that there was more to life than getting stuck in a car and to work for money…”

Bike for Good started in July 2010, unfunded in a small stall in Glasgow’s famous Barras market. 7 years later we have two branches. An amazing team of 50 + individuals, and we changed thousands of lives.

 

Why Bike for Good?

Bike for Good, has the following meanings:

  • We refurbish, repair and teach communities how to maintain bicycles; once you have the skills a bike is for good.
  • We use the bike to do good actions: we improve the environment, teach skills, and improve mental and physical health.
  • Once you get into cycling, it is for good – not only summer time!

VMVC Framework

Whether we sell second hand bikes, we teach you cycle training or bike maintenance skills, we just try to fulfil our mission.

  • Tagline is changing lives through cycling.
  • Vision is an environment where everyone benefits from riding a bicycle
  • Mission is to enable people in Scotland to cycle as their mode of transport
  • Values
    • Be approachable – non-judgemental and helpful to anyone and everyone, whether customers, service users or work colleagues.
    • To educate – to advance the education of the public in the safe use of bicycles and their repair along with self/team development.
    • To protect the environment – to protect and preserve the environment for the benefit of all by reducing bicycles going to landfill and by promoting cycling as a means of transport.
    • To improve health and wellbeing – encourage and promote good mental and physical health through cycling.
    • To share the love and passion for cycling – whether you are competitive or casual share with others how cycling improved your life.

Awards and Recognitions

Awards

We won 23 awards since inception. Our latest and more significant are:

  • 2017 – Workplace Innovation Director of the Year 2016 – Institute of Directors
  • 2016 – Evening Times Community Champions: Health and Wellbeing Award winner
  • 2015 – PWC Social Enterprise Awards, Environmental Initiative of the Year 2015
  • 2015 – Herald Society Awards, Social Entrepreneur of the year award

Accreditations

  • Quality Scotland EFQM Committed to Excellence Award – May 2016
  • Volunteer Friendly Award – June 2016
  • Revolve Re-use Accreditation – September 2013
  • Glasgow Living Wage Employer
  • Simon’s Community Friend of the Street centre – September 2016
  • City and Guilds Accredited Delivery centre – August 2015

Timeline:

  • Glasgow Bike Shed founded – July 2010
  • Moving to Haugh Road Warehouse – October 2012
  • Cycle Friendly Employer centre – May 2013
  • 10 000th bike donated –
  • City and Guild Accredited centre – August 2015
  • Quality Scotland Accreditation –
  • Opening our first community hub – May 2017
  • 20 000th bike donated – August 2017
  • Rebranded as Bike for Good – November 2017
  • First bike man cycling on the moon – March 2025

“Work is only important because it help us to connect with and impact people”

Our team, includes everyone: volunteers, session staff, employees, trustees, local wildlife and warehouse ghosts. Our team is our most important asset and we commit to taking care and looking after them. Well we actually commit to look after ourselves because we are a self-managed organisation.