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Welcome to Bike for Good's Social Impact Report for the financial year 2019 - 2020. We hope you enjoy reading about our efforts to change lives through cycling!

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social impact report 19/20

a warm welcome from our communications lead Fariha

I joined Bike for Good in December 2020 after a hectic year of the full 2020 experience. I started right before the second lockdown which was really challenging because I had to work with a bunch of colleagues I'd never met; it was a while before I even met my manager!

I come from a communications and equalities background. Prior to Bike for Good, I had worked in events, interfaith relations, employability for Muslim women and stakeholder engagement in the public sector; all with aspects of communications, but not a bike in sight!

I attended an women's interfaith cycling event hosted by Bike for Good in 2019, and it was my first time cycling on the roads in Glasgow. I loved the group cycle so much and it really unlocked something in me - I knew how to ride a bike but I wasn't much of a cyclist. Cycling was something I reserved for holidays but didn't do much of at home.

Alongside all the social media, campaigns, websites, blogs and press releases I've been busy with, I've also been doing road-confidence lessons with a colleague. I think there's a misconception that you need to be a cyclist to work at Bike for Good but I haven't found that to be the case.

Fariha Saeed

Karolis Toleikis, Active Travel Coordinator at Bike for Good



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

we enable people to ride a bike - we believe that cycling is the most effective and sustainable form of transport, enhancing our chances for a healthy life and environment

our 'why'

active travel

skills and development

health and wellbeing

We are dedicated to changing lives through cycling. Everything we do falls under one of our three key impacts. You'll notice these symbols throughout this report as you read on.

highlights of 19/20

1519 bikes diverted from landfill, saving 224 tonnes of C02 - the equivalent of taking 37 cars off the road

223 people received 1:1 cycle training to build and improve confidence

63 people achieved a City & Guilds mechanical qualification to advance their employment opportunities

385 people utilised our Fix Your Own Bike service, enabling them to borrow tools and keep their skills sharp

7007 hours of time were gifted to us by our incredible volunteers

177 drivers of large vehicles trained to understand and support road cyclists through Practical Cycle Awareness Training












10 years of bike for good

That's right! 2020 marks our tenth year changing lives through cycling. We have had a few different names, a few different locations, and many, many good times. Click for highlights!

Glasgow Bike Shed was founded

In 2010, our founder Greg (in the green jumper) set up The Glasgow Bike Shed in a wee market stall in The Barras. Below is one of our first team pictures right outside our stall. Can you recognise Karolis at the front? Richard (on the right) is still with to this day, working as our Business 2 Business Coordinator.

We got serious (and had a really big computer)

In 2011 we started to focus on community work. We wanted to be more than just a bike shop. Here is our very first little office space where lots of brainstorming took place, and our now Head of Community Outreach Victoria was hired.

We moved to a warehouse on Haugh Road (and made it colourful)

By 2012 we had properly outgrown our market stall in The Barras, and managed to secure our big warehouse on Haugh Road. This would come to serve as our base for developing into Glasgow's largest cycling charity and social enterprise.

We got that quality stamp of approval

2013 was the year we earned our first Revolve Reuse accreditation. Revolve is a quality standard for second-hand stores in Scotland and is awarded to stores that meet high standards in safety, cleanliness, and service, giving shoppers that extra reassurance to shop second-hand first.

This was big news for us because 45% of Scots say that if they can be assured of the quality, safety and cleanliness of products then they would be more likely to shop second-hand.

We helped launch the very first bike-sharing scheme in Glasgow

2014 was the year that nextbike, the bike-sharing scheme, launched in Glasgow to coincide with the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Bike for Good was awarded the contract to maintain and distribute these bikes across the city, and we still have that contract to this day.

We began teaching our skills and passions (formally)

In 2015 we became accredited as a City & Guilds teaching centre. This allowed us to spread our love of cycling through formal qualifications, leading us to qualify hundreds of people in the following years.

Health and wellbeing became a priority focus

2016 saw the launch of one of our biggest Community Outreach projects, Wheelbeing. We identified a need to work within established community groups and provide people with physical and mental health issues a safe and supportive space to learn a new skill. Here is a group from Flourish House, a mental health recovery community, enjoying some of Glasgow's many puddles on their bikes.

Glasgow South Community Hub was born

In 2017 we launched our second Glasgow Hub, based on Victoria Road in Govanhill. This came to be called Bike for Good South Community Hub, headed up by Shgufta, who turned this small shop into a thriving social space.

We launched an extensive active travel programme

In 2018 we launched VeloCommunities, an active travel programme focused on helping people travel short journeys by bike instead of car to save the environment. We put on loads of inspirational trips to show people how enjoyable it is to explore by bike, like this sunny day ride out to Loch Lomond.

We celebrated women on wheels, and launched a city-wide online cycling hub

In 2019 we launched the Glasgow Women On Wheels Festival, to coincide with the first ever Women's Tour of Scotland. The ladies of Bike for Good were delighted to be asked to ride out in the opening of the Tour in George Square. We publicised the Glasgow Women On Wheels Festival through our Glasgow-wide online platform launched earlier in 2019, Aye Cycle Glasgow.

We celebrated the growth of Bike for Good South (we like to party)

In 2020 we celebrated one year of opening the doors to our NEW Bike for Good South Community Hub, in Langside Lane, Govanhill. This picture is our Community Room buzzing with people ready to watch the short film we made - 'Let's Go! A film about cycling, community and climate change.' We made this film with the help of Creative Carbon Scotland, to celebrate that we are the 1000th project funded by the Climate Challenge Fund!

active travel

Our Active Travel Community Outreach team focus on getting people to use bikes as their mode of transport for short journeys. They are passionate about the benefits that cycling has on the environment.

Our VeloCommunities project offers free bike loans, support to start cycle commuting, led rides, and climate change awareness events - all to inspire people to make positive environmental changes.

This year we directly engaged with over 2000 people.

309 led rides showed people new routes
621 hours of cycle lessons helped 223 people learn to ride a bike
209 people developed road skills on our Learn to Ride group sessions
25 community events we held were attended by 2099 people
7 inspirational trips helped 192 people to improve their cycle route planning.

Funder: Climate Challenge Fund

case studies

Bike for Good first encountered Reza in the summer of 2018, after he made a promise to himself to begin to enjoy cycling again in his fifties.

As a child, Reza cycled and loved the thrill of being out on his bike. But, like many kids, he gave up his bike when he grew up. A musician by trade, he moved from London to Scotland; and found himself feeling isolated and unmotivated.

Through his employer, Reza was able to access a 12-week course of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which he credits with ‘freeing up his life’. Reza’s therapist helped him to identify that he was suffering from low self-esteem. This low self-esteem was affecting how he viewed his own capabilities. He told us he had “a mental block” about cycling, and many other activities.

“I feared the worst. I was scared to try anything.”

CBT helped Reza to recognise that there were many things he was avoiding, because he was scared. More than that, much of the fear had no basis. Cycling was one of those things that he really wanted to do, but felt terrified to try again as an adult. As part of his self-development, he committed to giving cycling a go. Reza headed to our friends over at Free Wheel North, to practise riding a bike on a track without pedals.

Bike for Good staff member Hannah got chatting to Reza when he came along to borrow a bike from the free lending library at our South Community Hub. He didn’t own a bike yet, as he was new to cycling – so we were able to loan him a bike for free as part of our VeloCommunities project until he was able to purchase one of his own.

Not everyone is confident to cycle commute independently right away, and Reza is testament to how this barrier can be overcome. As a teacher, he made use of his long summer holiday to practise cycling to and from work, without any time pressure on him. Slowly he built up his route from Simshill to Cardonald. By the time that term-time resumed, he was confident in his route and how long he would need to get there on time.

Reza’s colleagues are now in awe of him cycling to work everyday, even in the cold and rainy Glasgow weather. But Reza is delighted when he talks about it:

“I look at people sitting in their cars and they look so bored sitting in traffic. Now I get such a sense of achievement when I arrive to work on my bike. I can’t drive to work now, cycling is too good. It’s like freedom!”

In September 2019 we were delighted to meet Reza again, when he came along to one of our maintenance classes. Not only is he now cycle-commuting, but he is building up his practical skills to be able to fix his own bike. Interested in giving up his car completely, we helped advise him on some good quality panniers to buy so that he can continue to do his weekly shop on his bike.

“You guys have changed my life. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done. I’m a different person. I’m much more confident. I’ve stopped smoking. I’m fit & healthy – it’s great exercise. There’s nothing negative about it.”

Sajda had never been on a bike before discovering Bike for Good. Fate must have led her to come across Bike for Good South Community Hub, as something inspired her to come through our doors and get to know us.

Sajda went on to have 20 lessons learning to cycle with us, starting as an absolute beginner and progressing to cycling unassisted on quiet roads. She continued to borrow a bike on loan from us once a week over the space of a year, to build her confidence. Now she assists our cycle trainers with lesson teaching!

“The motivation of the instructors has inspired me to persevere with my cycling journey. I would have given up without the encouragement I received. This really helped me to build my confidence.”

Sajda was approached recently and asked to assist teaching a group of women and girls at her local Southside mosque, Al Farooq. Thanks to the confidence she had built up, she happily accepted this challenge and now started teaches other Muslim women to cycle.

“The young women we teachat Al Farooq did not think cycling was a possibility for them. Now they can see that all people can cycle, including Muslim women who wear the hijab. The young women are loving the lessons and are sad it has had to stop because of coronavirus. They see that the hijaI think Bike for Good are breaking down barriers of stereotypes and enabling more people to cycle.”

The next stage for Sajda is to commute to work by bike every day, something she never thought she would be able to do. She is working out a safe place to store her bike overnight.

“Cycling is an investment in myself to get active, to exercise, and to have a low carbon footprint. Bike for Good is an amazing resource, it is so accessible, and I can just pop in for advice when I need it.”

When Ianco first came to Bike for Good in March 2018, he couldn't cycle.

He quickly learned to ride and became a regular at our Kids Club.

During the period we were funded with the GCDT Youth Grant, Ianco really developed. He started attending the Fix Your Own Bike workshop to hone his mechanics skills, and most impressively he started coaching new kids coming to the club on how to cycle.

Ianco said that his best day ever was the inspirational trip we took the young ones on to Millport.

Ianco and his family have recently left Glasgow, and before leaving Ianco said:

“I will never forget this club and everything Bike for Good has done for me. I hope when I am older I will come back and I can work here and help other kids to cycle and fix their bikes.”

Mark has been riding a bike ever since he can remember, describing it as an integral part of his childhood. As he got older, his love for bikes never died, but the effort required to ride became a bit of a barrier for him. Mark came to us to trial an e-cargo bike, and never looked back.

Riding a bike gave Mark his first taste of independence, and the freedom to roam. During his twenties in London, Mark would think nothing of jumping on his bike in the pouring rain to visit friends 10 miles across the city.

As often happens, a car became Mark’s main mode of transport as he got older. In his early 40s, he moved to the West End of Glasgow and a friend introduced him to the delights of the Kelvin Walkway. He started cycling again regularly, investing in a new bike and pannier bags to do his shopping. Alongside his bike, he was driving a diesel van for work.

A couple of years ago, Mark became aware of electric bikes (e-bikes) and their potential. Initially, Mark and his wife Alison felt they could not afford the outlay. Luckily, Alison was following Bike for Good on Facebook, where she spotted a post about our free e-bike trials, an opportunity made available to local residents through our VeloCommunities project.

Mark and his wife borrowed the Tern GSD E-Cargo bike from us in February 2019 for a week, for free. The Tern appealed to Mark because he could envision his wife as a passenger, and it provided the option to carry cargo. Even better, Mark and Alison discovered that there was a possibility of a 0% loan scheme to purchase an e-bike with the Energy Savings Trust, easing his worries about financial constraints.

“Even in unpleasant weather I enjoyed riding this bike. I am in my late 50s and I had begun to find riding an acoustic bike carrying a load to be quite problematic for me. I was amazed at how easy it was to incorporate the e-cargo bike into my daily life, and how easy it had become to carry a load.”

Mark became interested at the possibility of replacing his diesel van with an e-cargo bike, a much more environmentally-friendly option. Another big positive that came out of the trial loan, was that his wife Alison absolutely loved riding pillion; and the couple got excited about planning trips around the canal paths and rivers in Glasgow.

The decision was made, and a Tern GSD E-Cargo bike became theirs in April 2019. Since Mark purchased the bike, he has ridden over 2500 miles around Glasgow and the surrounding areas.

“These are miles I surely would have completed in my van, previously. My parking costs have been slashed to zero, and the savings I have made from no longer buying diesel have been enormous. I have now taken my van off the road, and am in the process of selling it.”

One of Mark’s favourite things about the bike, is that the electrical assistance offered largely reduces the need for him to wear specialised bike clothing. He now feels he can wear his normal clothes on a cycle and wrap up warm, without sweating buckets with the strain of a normal bike, which was no longer serving him.

In the spring, Alison and Mark are planning a trip to the Kelpies in Falkirk on the bike, and are looking forward to more adventures on their Tern.

Carmel could ride a bike when she first engaged with Bike for Good, but she wasn’t confident. Her particular worry was other people’s behaviours: other cyclists, pedestrians, and car drivers. She wanted to be able to read situations better. As a car driver the lessons have given her a better awareness of cyclist behaviour on the road which she has found helpful.

Carmel had a few lessons in July and August and joined in the guided rides soon after. She is planning to join a bicycle maintenance class in the near future. She is keen to learn how to take a bike apart and then rebuild it. Carmel also regularly attends the yoga class at the South Community Hub on a Wednesday evening.

“Learning to cycle well with Bike for Good has made me more interested in everything to do with cycling, not just the activity itself. I feel an improved sense of wellbeing, I enjoy the social aspect of it too and have made new friends through it.”

She is not quite ready to cycle independently but with more practice in the future she can envision using her new folding bike for short journeys and shopping instead of a car!

As a pensioner, Carmel has found Bike for Good and all that we provide for free very helpful in sustaining and maintaining mobility and helping with all aspects of physical and mental well being.

Before we met Jo in January 2019, she could cycle but was too scared to cycle in busy traffic.

Jo joined our women’s guided bike rides on Thursday mornings, and has been riding with us for over a year now.

She can now confidently cycle in the city and feels confident to find her own routes. A key thing for Jo has been learning to check that her bike is safe to ride, after taking part in Spokes not Blokes, our guided maintenance class for women and non-binary people.

Jo has become an amazing spokeswoman for Bike for Good, encouraging her neighbours to bring their bikes to the South Community Hub for repair and maintenance and to join the various led rides we run.

“I’ve really enjoyed meeting all the different ride leaders and the other regular participants. It’s social and very friendly. I’d like to continue exploring Glasgow and visiting interesting places like the allotments, green spaces, holy places, maybe the recycling centre. You never know who you will meet or new connections to be discovered.”

active travel impact


tonnes of C02e saved due to active travel choices made by our participants this year


of participants now feel able and confident to cycle for short journeys

click to read about our first ever outdoor advertising campaign



we asked our participants...

how aware are you of how transport impacts on the environment?

to what extent do you make transport decisions based on environmental impact?



In January 2020 we were proud to present our first ever outdoor advertising campaign: Change Your Wheels, Change Your Life.

The objective of this campaign was to encourage people to consider cycle-commuting, instead of using carbon-emitting modes of transport, such as a car. The carbon footprint of a bike is less than a tenth of a car; and with a Climate Emergency declared by Glasgow City Council in 2019, switching to shorter journeys by bike is a good place for us weegie citizens to start.

Bike for Good wanted to show people that commuting by bike is possible, accessible, and fun! Our imagery, created by local artist Pippa Thomas, depicts a Glasgow where regular people commute happily to work, on all types of bikes. Can you spot some famous Glasgow monuments?

We ran the campaign across the city centre of Glasgow for two weeks, in order to catch people commuting to work by car / bus / train. We also set up a large static billboard on the Partick Expressway, and one on Duke Street (both arterial routes into the city, often clogged with traffic).


The campaign reached:

  • 25,978 people on social media
  • 15,241 on our website
  • 60,000 people through tv coverage on That's TV Central Scotland news channel.

This was made possible due to funding from Smarter Choices, Smarter Places.

refurbishing workshops

from donor, to owner! click to meet Katie and her new refurbished bike

We run two Revolve-accredited workshops, rescuing and refurbishing donated bikes and selling them as affordable modes of transport, and repairing bikes for the people of Glasgow.

1519 bikes were donated to us in 19/20, saving 224 tonnes of C02 from entering the atmosphere.

We sold 1766 bikes throughout the year, with 542 of these going to children. These bikes would have otherwise ended up in landfill, but instead they have new loving homes.

We are proud of our Revolve accreditation, which is a quality standard awarded to second-hand shops in Scotland for meeting high standards in safety, cleanliness, and service.

Katie McDonald is an archivist, working part-time at the University of Glasgow's Archives and Special Collections and part-time as West Dunbartonshire Council's Archivist.

She have owned a bike from a young age, and has always loved cycling. When she needed a new bike, she headed to Bike for Good.

"I always try to support local and independent businesses wherever possible, so to be honest I didn't even consider going elsewhere! I love BikefFor Good's mission - I think we should be aiming for a society where active travel is not just one component of how we travel around the city, but the focus of it. I believe that anyone who has the ability to cycle should have the opportunity to own a bike, and I think that affordable, refurbished bikes are a huge part of making that possible."

She fell in love with this beautiful refurbished Pashley Princess, and purchased it for practical journeys like shopping and commuting to work. Katie has also discovered cycling is great for clearing the mind.

"I just loved the style, and knew as soon as I saw it that it was the bike for me. After a quick test cycle, I noticed another couple of advantages to this bike - the wide handlebars improved my cycling posture, and the lightweight frame made cycling around feel effortless! I find cycling very freeing, and just think it is a great way to travel around the city. I do not own a car for environmental reasons, and I think the more people who take up cycling the more cycle-friendly our city will become. I love that cycling combines fitness with the practicalities of life in a big city - zooming past gridlocked cars on my way to the shops is very satisfying!"

Katie returns to Bike for Good often. She says:

"I'm constantly impressed by the Bike for Good sales staff. Prior to buying my current bike, I have visited the store to buy a new bike seat which the staff were able to supply me with for a super affordable price, as well as blowing up my tires and giving my chain a quick oil. When buying this bike, the staff seem informed and were able to point out specific features of various different bikes, as well as being able to answer all my questions. They also provided me with a free bike lock! Staff at Bike For Good always seem generous with their time and genuinely willing to help."

Katie is thankful for the kindess of the stranger who donated this bike. Because of that person, this Pashley Princess didn't end up gathering dust in someone's shed, or worse - shipped off to landfill. Instead, it was given a new lease of life by us, and has a new loving owner in the form of Katie.


aye cycle glasgow

Another way we support Active Travel in Glasgow is through our contract to maintain and distribute hire bike scheme nextbike throughout the city.

Thanks to our dedicated nextbike team, 29,0314 rentals were made this year through 2821 active memberships.

This gives people without bike ownership a chance to experience our beautiful city on 2 wheels.

2019 saw the launch of Aye Cycle Glasgow, an online hub for all things cycling in and around Glasgow.

Curated and maintained by Bike for Good, this website has proved a popular and informative resource for cyclists of Glasgow, attracting media interest and intrigue from the public.

We welcomed 15,048 unique visitors to the site in first year who made over 34,444 visits.

Funder: Smarter Choices Smarter Places Open Fund

Cameron from Sustrans says:

"I usually bring the Aye Cycle Glasgow leaflets with me at events and on our guided rides, along with Glasgow City Council’s cycle maps. They are a great resource to facilitate discussion and enable me to effectively signpost people to get any assistance they require since Aye Cycle Glasgow brings all this all together in a fantastic one-stop-shop for all things cycling in and around Glasgow. It makes me feel like we are making a real difference.

The difference I think it might have made is that through me speaking to people at events and on our guided cycle rides and signposting them to AyeCycle, they will go to the activities and use the information provided and get back into or start cycling for everyday journeys. I have also signposted people to the Glasgow Woman on Wheels Festival that was run in August 2019 back and in response, they said “this is exactly the kind of thing I have been looking for!”. The majority of the time you never know if they follow it through and what it leads onto but, in my role, this is common. At a stall you can’t give people bike skills, confidence, knowledge of routes, etc but with giving the Aye Cycle website leaflets and information you can leave thinking you might have made a real difference to people’s lives.

Since our Glasgow led rides stopped a few months back but some people wanted to continue, the calendar function was really helpful to signpost people to the other led rides happening across Glasgow. Even this function in itself is really helpful as a few months before the Aye Cycle website was launched, some of our volunteers were surprised there was not an all-in-one calendar of what is happening in Glasgow. Then Aye Cycle came along and changed all that!

Therefore to summarise, the AyeCycle website is a really valuable resource that enhances the work our volunteers and I do to support people get into (or back into) cycling for everyday journeys."

employer services

Our Employer Services team work with businesses and organisations around Glasgow to help make workplaces cycle-friendly.

We provide Dr Bike mobile repair workshops, fleets of bikes and maintenance packages, and we are an accredited service centre for the Cycle Friendly Employer award.

This year we directly supported 870 people through their employers.

Over 100 Dr Bikes were delivered to workplaces, at no cost to the employees
We helped 18 employers pass their Cycle Friendly Workplace award
2 e-cargo bikes were sold to organisations to help them transport goods more sustainably.

click here to find out how we supported NHS Lanarkshire Occupational Therapists

Maureen Black, Occupational Therapist with NHS Lanarkshire, found Bike for Good through internet searching.

Maureen was inspired to make her workplace more cycle-friendly, and contacted us to provide cycle maintenance training and City & Guilds qualifications for her staff and service users.

"We work with people who have enduring mental health conditions, some had shown an interest in cycling and had their own bikes. I had some concerns. They didn’t seem to have proper safety protection and they had little or no knowledge/skill in cycle maintenance."

Delighted with the service she received, Maureen says all employers should be encouraging cycling activities, and remembering that safety is paramount.

"Our participants (staff and service users) are now confident to maintain and repair their bikes to a safe standard. We have a cycle maintenance workshop on site which provides an appropriate space for others to learn about basic cycle maintenance, and has become an expectation for those using cycling as an activity within our service."

Maureen intends to progress with making her workplace as cycle-friendly as possible.

"We use cycling as a therapeutic activity and we are now embarking on a mountain biking project to encourage service users to embrace cycling in their day-to-day lives. We are exploring local cycle routes throughout Lanarkshire to localise the interest. All participants will require their own bike, this is to give the optimal opportunity for participants to use on a regular basis (not just group time) and also encourage participants to meet up and cycle favoured routes together, out-with the group. All bikes used in the project will have weekly checks in the workshop to maintain the confidence of each participant."

skills & development

Our Skills & Development Community Outreach team support and encourage people of all ages into cycling, particularly those not currently engaging in work or education.

Our Bike Academy project offers an alternative learning environment where we engage young people in building bikes, learning maintenance skills, and developing themselves socially in a supportive space.

This year we have supported 163 people.

63 have gained a City & Guilds qualification, and 4 of these people have already gained employment in the cycling industry
116 people have upskilled through maintenance classes
40 young people participated in our Change Cycle Course, building their own bikes, working on soft skills, and gaining access to an affordable mode of transport.

Funder: Henry Smith Foundation

case studies

Kate had been suffering from anxiety and depression for years, and found Bike for Good through her mental health support group.

Before coming to Bike for Good, Kate had never cycled before and had never done any kind of volunteering previously. She had a little bit of mechanical experience that she had learned from her partner, but unfortunately no confidence to use it.

Kate engaged in learning to cycle with us, and then took up maintenance classes, learning how to look after her bike and keep it on the road. She even began building her own bike under the guidance of our mechanics.

“It’s given me more confidence and self-esteem… I am absolutely loving it. I’m out at least an hour every single day! I’m feeling so much fitter for it. I’ve given up smoking as well. Haven’t had a single cigarette this year. It’s such a big difference.”

Kate is really enjoying the mechanical side of her development. She hasn’t yet finished her Level 1 qualification, but tells us she is online everyday Googling how to build wheels and add to her bike. She says she “wants to know everything, now!”.

Once Kate engaged with Bike for Good, her self-esteem and confidence went “through the roof”. She describes life before, and the years when she struggled to leave the house for weeks on end.

“I wouldn’t even go to my support group on my own, they had to come and collect me. Everyone here [at Bike for Good] is so lovely. I’d love to stay as long as I can or maybe even work here eventually.”

Kate is now keen to bring cycling to her support group. She has ambitions to complete the Ride Leader course and be able to show her group the benefits of cycling that she has embraced so enthusiastically.

“The team at Bike for Good are so friendly and approachable. It’s a good environment to work in. It makes it so much easier when you have people you can go to, especially when you’re still learning, and no-one has ever once made me feel daft or bad for asking.”

Chris was experiencing homelessness when we first encountered him at the Rodney Street Shelter.

Bike for Good ran some rides with the homeless shelter, to get people out and about exercising. Chris came along on one of our rides and he got chatting to Paul, our Bike Academy training officer.

Chris seemed keen on the bike, so we offered him a spot on a Build Your Own Bike (BYOB) course we were running for the Rodney Street shelter, where we teach the building and maintenance of a bike, and the participants get to keep their bike at the end of the course. Chris had heard of other people doing this course before, and described being offered a place as “an absolute Brucey bonus!”

“I found it brilliant. We were learning how to put bikes together, figure out why brakes were squeaking, and how to fix everything! The way it was taught was really good and I’m so confident to do all that stuff now.”

Before his interaction with Bike for Good, Chris had fixed the odd puncture or two but didn’t have a strong connection to bikes. He told us that he had a bike years ago and his dad had tried to teach him … but he was “too wild and couldn’t take any of it in”.

Chris is now full of passion for his bike and the course. Plans are in place for him to move into a home of his own in Scotstounhill and he can’t wait to get out and about cycling on the canal paths there.

“Everything was crazy for a long time but now I’m in a recovery plan and things are looking so positive. I’m moving into my own place now and it feels like a real turning point, like it’s the start of the rest of my life.”

Chris is totally honest in telling us that he’s spent a lot of his life in a negative environment, and that spending time at Bike for Good in such a “positive environment with a good atmosphere” was amazing for his mental health.

“I loved it – it was so laid-back and welcoming and that was really good for me. Paul was great and helped us all so much.”

A great advantage of taking up cycling for Chris has been the realisation of how close places actually are, and how easy it is to get about by bike. Originally Chris had thought Rodney Street was pretty far from other places because he’d only ever made that journey in a taxi through the busy roads of Glasgow. When he rode there with the group and realised it only took around 10 minutes he was so surprised. He told us “I can get places so much easier now”.

We feel honoured that once Chris is settled in his new home he wants to come along and volunteer his time with us. He says:

“I just found it such a positive environment and want to keep doing it. And the fact that you guys would want me to [volunteer] is huge, I don’t get a lot of positivity in life so that is a big compliment.”

Now a regular at our Kid’s Club, it’s hard to remember the Jason* that first walked through our doors.

We first met 8 year old Jason amongst a bunch of young Roma kids that get involved in our community work. If you are ever in our South Hub, you won’t be there for long without hearing these little people tearing around and shouting for their favourite member of staff, Hannah.

He was quiet, and a wee bit shy. He wasn’t able to cycle yet, but Jason wanted to get involved in the Hub with his friends. Hannah taught Jason to cycle over a period of time in Queens Park. We can definitely testify that he has now come out of his shell!

Now, he tells us, he feels confident and is “more loud”!

Jason is a keen member of the after-school club and loves helping out at Bike for Good.

“I want to work at Bike for Good when I am grown up. I will fix the bikes. I will teach people to ride.”

He brings along new members to the Kid’s Club and is eager to teach them skills and tricks that he has learned.

Our South Community Hub gives Jason a safe space to spend his time after school, and develop his skills and confidence. It feels incredible for us at Bike for Good to be able to provide young people like Jason with alternative opportunities, if they are someone who might not go down the traditional academic route.

Abhay first joined us at our after-school Youth Fix Your Own Bike sessions in 2019.

“I was not as good at bike riding and I didn’t know how bikes worked. When I joined The Bike Academy it made me a lot more confident, and now when I go out I know and I can enjoy riding a lot more because guys taught me lot.”

Abhay went on to participate in our Summer rides and even came on our Bikepacking trip in the summer.

“If something happens to my bike I know what the problem is and that’s the best bit. I’ve been riding a lot more ever since, searching online for the nearest tracks around Glasgow for riding.”

We were able to share the Aye Cycle Glasgow resource with Abhay, so he could identify new routes and Glasgow cycling organisations to interact with.

Feeling inspired, he added:

“Now I cycle to school every day and I come to most Youth Fix Your Own Bike workshops. I loved the summer rides, they opened my eyes. I really look up to mountain bikers.”

Abhay told us that he would love to see cycling activities represented in his school. He likes to keep cycling, not only over the summer but also in autumn and spring.

We love Abhay’s passion and he has been a great participant in all the different activities.

Suffering from social anxiety, Taylor had dropped out of college and was fearful of spending time socialising with friends and people she didn’t know.

Even though she had no previous cycle maintenance experience, and was afraid of riding a bike, Taylor was able to access the Change Cycle course at Bike for Good.

We partner with The Venture trust to deliver the three-week Change Cycle course for young people aged 16-24 who have left school and are ready to enter the working world. It includes:

  • Bike construction and maintenance including workshop experience
  • Employability sessions
  • Qualifications – including City & Guilds, First Aid, and Health and Safety
  • One-to-one support, mentoring and coaching
  • Development of a personal action plan
  • A short wilderness residential

Taylor worked with Skills & Development Coordinator Filip on a personal action plan which included gaining a City & Guilds qualification, finishing her CV, and eventually gaining employment.

Learning all about her new bike, from simple maintenance through to her formal qualification, Taylor says she has really seen the benefits of cycling. The stress she used to feel using public transport has reduced as she now feels confident to cycle as her mode of transport in warmer months. Importantly, being on the course with a group of young people in similar circumstances has boosted her confidence in her social skills.

The Cycle Change course exceeded Taylor’s expectations, and in the future she is looking to volunteer at Bike for Good or another social enterprise.

Lewis was referred on to our Change Cycle course by his social worker, suffering from anxiety resulting in long-term unemployment. In his own words, he was “sick of doing nothing”.

Understandably, Lewis was anxious to arrive as he had no prior knowledge of bikes or any maintenance experience, though he had regularly been using the city-wide hire scheme nextbike to get to job interviews.

Working with our Skills & Development team, we found Lewis to be really enthusiastic and engage well with all the challenges we set him. He asked lots of relevant questions and made a real effort with other young people on the course.

We partner with The Venture trust to deliver the three-week Change Cycle course for young people aged 16-24 who have left school and are ready to enter the working world. It includes:

  • Bike construction and maintenance including workshop experience
  • Employability sessions
  • Qualifications – including City & Guilds, First Aid, and Health and Safety
  • One-to-one support, mentoring and coaching
  • Development of a personal action plan
  • A short wilderness residential

Lewis made us laugh when he told us:

“‘I’ve noticed I feel free and more confident here. Staff are so sound and helpful. It’s been cool as f***…

This course got me focused on something new and got me away from the constant circle of relationship and everyday problems. I genuinely understand how bikes work and can at least find out what is the problem if not fix it. That’s awesome!”

Lewis told us that before Change Cycle, he would struggle to find the motivation to get up in the morning. He wasn’t used to focusing on anything for a long period of time, but says that the bike workshop got him ‘thinking differently, because it’s fun’.

Employment is hopefully in Lewis’ future, as he continues to work on his anxiety issues. Now that he has a City & Guilds qualification, Lewis says he is looking forward to taking care of his own bike and feels confident to maintain it.

“Build your own bike had me waking up excited for the day, and I am happy for the chance to be doing this.”

skills & development impact

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Zain joined Bike for Good in December 2019, through a Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) placement. CJS is an employability programme delivered by SCVO which works with voluntary sector employers to create job opportunities for unemployed young people.

Getting involved in all areas of Bike for Good, Zain has been helping to build bikes in the workshop, assisting with our Community Outreach, and learning the ropes of working in Glasgow's largest cycling charity.

In his own words, he says:

"Getting the CJS opportunity at Bike for Good has given me much more than I ever would have imagined.

I have been able to work in an environment where respect and consideration of other people is a priority. Working with other like-minded people is a bonus too. I feel able to do my job and be myself at the same time.

The placement has given me confidence and connection that I have never experienced in my life before.

I've developed many skills such as public speaking, teamwork, teaching, and bike mechanical skills, and I feel more open and able to seek out opportunities that I have always wanted to pursue.

I am very grateful for the time, support, and care that has gone into my development and settling into a new organisation."

Zain has been a joy to work with, throwing himself into all aspects of Bike for Good with a willingness to learn.

Funder: Community Jobs Scotland via SCVO









volunteers engaged with us across our West and South Hubs


These gems are the lifeblood of Bike for Good. We simply couldn't exist without them. In return for their precious time and hard work, we offer training opportunities and social connections.

hours of time were gifted to us by these community-spirited people

click above to get to know some of our volunteers

Charlie is one of our longest-serving volunteers, with over five years service at Bike for Good. Previously a geologist and a museum curator, Charlie is now retired and in his words, “loving it”.

Charlie, how long have you volunteered at Bike for Good?

I have been volunteering at Bike for Good for over five years, but it seems like almost yesterday that I started. I didn’t know about the organisation before that time, but when I came into the shop at Haugh Road I was immediately met with a smiling face and given a tour. The scale of the operation, the friendliness of staff and the range of activities sold it to me straight away. However, I had also agreed to volunteer at the Commonwealth Games and I did a month with the New Zealand team in the games village, before returning to Bike for Good. Coincidently, at the end of the games the Kiwis donated their village bikes to the charity!

Why did you choose to volunteer at Bike for Good?

I think my reasons for volunteering are not unusual. I love cycling and I want to be active and keep on learning. I feel I have the energy and skills to make a contribution to society and I like to help people. I also volunteer in a sports club and occasionally with a children’s charity.

A retired financial analyst, Meredith has become a key volunteer for Bike for Good, always happy to take on new challenges. She volunteers with us alongside her husband Graham.

Meredith, how long have you volunteered at Bike for Good?

I have volunteered with Bike for Good for five years. Not long after retiring, I attended an open day at Bike for Good and met Damian, the [previous] Volunteer Coordinator, who introduced us to the organisation. The range of activities was exciting and as an active cyclist I saw the opportunity to support others in cycling and learning to cycle.

Why did you choose to volunteer at Bike for Good?

I was already familiar with Bike for Good through the Better Way to Work scheme at my previous employer. In fact, I had even won an ‘exciting cycling goodie bag’, so I guess this is my way of paying back! The past five years has seen many changes and growth at Bike for Good and I’m proud to have been a part of that journey.

How do you spend your time here at Bike for Good?

One of the first projects I supported was Wheelbeing. In partnership with the NHS, Wheelbeing provided the opportunity for a group of people to develop cycling skills. I assisted a cycle group in Castlemilk until they became self-sufficient. I was also supported by Bike for Good to complete Bikeability training which I have used to provide cycle training for children and adults. I have accompanied Eilidh on her famous yoga rides and supported other led rides; adding to my knowledge of Glasgow cycle routes as I go. There is always back office work to do, so you will often find me in the office deciphering invoices and feeding the accounts system. I feel I have grown with the charity and am now able to offer my services as a sessional worker, as well as a volunteer.

How has volunteering at Bike for Good impacted your life?

Volunteering at Bike for Good with my husband Graham is an important part of my life. Keeping up with vibrant colleagues and inspiring customers feels more like ‘receiving’ than ‘giving back.’ And there is always the social side – the volunteer appreciation days, climate change film nights, and group rides that we get to enjoy. It is certainly a more welcoming and stimulating environment than I remember from my days of full-time paid employment!

Orla works in Environmental Education and has been a South Hub volunteer for over a year. After moving to Glasgow from Arran, she was looking for something to do for the winter and ended up staying with us because she loved it so much!

Orla, why did you choose to volunteer at Bike for Good?

Having just left a job as an activity instructor I had really fallen in love with teaching, particularly outwith a classroom setting! When I heard about the things that Bike for Good were doing I was excited about the idea of teaching people cycling skills.

I’ve loved bikes since I was wee, so the idea of helping to provide others with a set of skills for cheap, healthy, happy travel was a no-brainer. Committing to volunteer with such an amazing charity feels like a really valuable use of my time. Since I started I’ve met a whole bunch of the lovely people that work, volunteer, and learn here and each week I’m excited to come in.

How do you spend your time here at Bike for Good?

Early on during at my time at Bike for Good we went on a trip to Millport which was a great day trip for the kids. Since then I’ve mostly been involved with the Kids Club that runs on a Thursday. I’ve loved working with the group and it’s been a fantastic sort of chaos.

I’ve also helped run the women’s beginner sessions on Thursdays, and as my first experience teaching adults it’s been so engaging to see how different the learning process can be. The group is such a supportive learning environment and it’s wonderful to watch confidence grow!

More recently I’ve come along to the Spokes not Blokes maintenance sessions for women and non-binary people. Having not been that confident with mechanics in the past, the sessions are always very open and welcoming – encouraging a group who might not always feel welcome in more traditional bike maintenance spaces.

How has volunteering impacted your life?

Volunteering here has had a significant impact on my life. The Kids Club especially is something I look forward to each week. Teaching in this manner has definitely grown my confidence in my own ability to teach and Bike for Good have put me through a couple of qualifications, so I can now work as a cycling instructor.

Having an organisation put their confidence in you like that makes you feel valuable, it’s just one of the many things Bike for Good does to look after it’s people. Volunteering has allowed me to meet folk with the same interests and form friendships that are a part of my new community in Glasgow.

Anything you would like to add?

I’d like to thank all the people who work and volunteer at the charity for making it such a great place for everyone who uses its many services! For anyone thinking about getting involved in the charity in any way I would say do it, it’s a forward-thinking organisation that is a highlight of my week. It could be yours too!

Hannah works in community arts as a Creative Assistant at Impact Arts in Glasgow, and has been volunteering at Bike for Good South Community Hub for nine months.

Hannah, why did you choose to volunteer at Bike for Good?

There were quite a few reasons behind my desire to volunteer. Around this time last year I got my bike serviced so that I could commute to work. I soon realised that if something went wrong with my bike, like a flat tyre or worn brake pads, then I wouldn’t know where to start. I wanted to learn and become more empowered to understand bikes.

Coincidentally, Bike for Good were running a 2 day intensive bike mechanical course taught by women and for women only. This appealed to me so much because I wanted to meet and support female mechanics, and I imagined this would be a nice atmosphere to learn in. On that course, led by Sylwia, we learned a lot and exchanged stories of cycling in the city and our attitudes to our bikes and fixing them ourselves. It was a really encouraging experience.

As well as being mechanics, all of the teachers on that course taught cycling to beginners and improvers. They suggested and recommended training to become a Cycle Trainer.

After that course I considered the idea of teaching cycling as a part time job. Teaching combines my interests in working directly with the public, and sharing knowledge to empower people to become independent cyclists. I was recommended to approach Bike for Good to ask about opportunities to gain experience in shadowing teachers and helping out with led rides. I also hoped that being around bikes more would improve my mechanical knowledge – and very slowly it is helping!

How do you spend your time at Bike for Good?

From July 2019, I began a regular Saturday session at the Bike For Good South Community Hub, going out on the morning group ride for 2 hours and then assisting with adult and child lessons in the afternoon. I fit helmets for people, I adjust bikes and generally support lessons in Queens Park by giving lots of encouragement to beginner cyclists! Alongside my regular Saturdays, I have volunteered at a couple of community events doing skills tracks with young people.

How has volunteering at Bike for Good impacted your life?

I have had such a great experience. A highlight has been meeting some really friendly and polite people who come for lessons. I really value the routine of my Saturday and the fact that I’ll be outdoors and active for at least six hours. The film screening of Let’s Go in October was a lovely community event, which reflected the great work done by Bike for Good. It’s been really nice getting to know the other volunteers and staff at the charity, who all have their own reasons for wanting to work with bikes and promote cycling to more people.

As a volunteer I have felt valued and supported. In the last couple of months I have completed a 2 day outdoor First Aid course and have completed my Cycle Trainer qualification with Cycling Scotland, both courses sponsored by Bike for Good. With these qualifications and my voluntary experience I will continue to teach cycling and promote Bike for Good!

Around the time that I began volunteering I bought a second hand bicycle from Bike for Good. Although my hybrid bike is very good and reliable it was far too heavy for me to carry up 2 flights of stairs to my flat, and that was putting me off using it. So I bought a very light single speed bike which I can now pick up with one hand and put over my shoulder. This really changed my attitude to cycling and travelling. With this bike I’ve become a lot more active, fitter and happier.

Andrew was a keen cyclist when we met him, commuting to work by bicycle and using his bike to travel and tour.

He joined us as a volunteer in 2019, and was with us for over a year. With a basic level of cycle mechanical skills, Andrew had previously volunteered within his community, but only ever with adults.

During his time at Bike for Good we supported him through a City & Guilds Cycle Mechanics Course, and he continued develop his skills through volunteering at Fix Your Own Bike and Dr Bike sessions. He proved a hit at our South Community Hub weekly Kids Club, too! Eventually we were delighted to offer Andrew sessional work employment, after watching his progression.

Andrew told us:

“I recognised it [volunteering] as an important way to feel part of a bigger community of people. Volunteering at Bike for Good has allowed me to meet people who share a similar love for cycling and the overall benefits to health and wellbeing it can bring. I was able to engage with members of the public across all backgrounds and promote how cycling can create common ground within the wider community. Volunteering allowed me to develop confidence in learning new skills and passing this information on to others.”

Helen, why do you choose to volunteer with us at Bike for Good?

I started volunteering at Bike for Good for two primary reasons. Firstly, I wanted to get a better understanding of how a social enterprise truly works, to inform the work that I do to support creative practitioners. Secondly, as a predominantly commuter cyclist I wanted to learn how to maintain and fix my bike to keep me on the road. At the beginning I had also recently gone freelance full time in my work, and I had spare time to offer whilst I built up clients and work. And at the heart of it all, I have always volunteered. Whilst I often feel very busy, I do feel time-rich – and if I can offer this time to causes that I believe in then I will. Cycling is really important to me: practically for commuting, physically for exercise, financially for an affordable travel option, and for maintaining positive mental health. I like to share this passion of mine, and encourage others to experience the benefits.

How do you spend your time here?

I can mostly be found in the workshop amidst donated bikes, often masses of them! Whether moving bikes around the workshop, stripping them down, packing them in a van or labelling them; sorting through donations is a massive part of what Bike for Good do. If I’m not working on donations, I’m often driving the van to pick up bikes, or (my favourite thing) flinging wheels (safely, of course) from the back of a van onto the scrap heap at the metal recycling yard. Occasionally I also help out at events; hanging bunting, serving tea and cake, or supporting cycling activities.

How has volunteering at Bike for Good impacted your life?

Volunteering at Bike for Good makes me a more rounded person. It’s not what I do professionally, or what I do personally. Volunteering here is separate from those areas of my life, yet at the same time informs so much. I volunteer because I believe in the greater good of people, and that when we come together to work towards a common goal we achieve something bigger. Without volunteering at Bike for Good I’d feel imbalanced. I’ve also learnt so much about bikes and cycling which has been a complete bonus – some things I am now much more confident to do myself, and others I still ask for help with! And brilliantly I have been funded to become a Cycle Trainer which is a fantastic and considerable investment by Bike for Good in me, that I am so grateful for.

How has your volunteering impacted the charity?

Alongside my workmates in the warehouse, I have enabled bike donations to come in to Bike for Good and flow into the various elements of the business, allowing refurbished bikes to be built and sold. Just being an extra pair of hands to help out whenever needed is so helpful for Bike for Good; whether that involves lifting and shifting, working with the public, or helping out at events.

What would you like to add?

Although most months I only spend a few hours at Bike for Good, I have never felt so much a part of an organisation, even in previous paid work. I get access to knowledge about what Bike for Good do, who they do it for, what is happening around the charity, and more. I really value the transparency of the organisation, and feel it is a great environment to be a part of. I have also never worked in a place with so many like minded people – all the staff and volunteers are so open, generous, passionate, active, fun, professional and so much more.

health & wellbeing

Our Health & Wellbeing Community Outreach team focus on promoting the benefits of cycling on our mental wellbeing and physical health.

Our Wheelbeing project creates block courses, in direct partnership with community health providers. The courses are a gentle progressive programme into cycling, supporting users to build up their confidence and reap the health benefits.

Our innovative Bikes for All project supports people on low to no income by providing heavily discounted access to the nextbike scheme in Glasgow.

This year Wheelbeing worked with 213 participants from 34 community groups, and signed up 76 participants to Bikes for All, enabling them continued access to a bike.

313 Bikes for All memberships were given out in total.

Funders: The National Lottery Community Fund, Paths For All, Climate Challenge Fund

case studies

We first engaged with Ashlene back in the springtime of 2019, through the SEAL Community Health group based in the Gorbals.

Bike for Good ran weekly sessions over the course of two months where Ashlene was given a membership for nextbike, the Glasgow bike sharing scheme. With a group, Ashlene was taken on rides around the city using the nextbikes in order to show them all the cycling routes that are available to use, and to re-build their confidence on a bike again.

Ashlene now has access to a bike that she can use daily. Her confidence has increased so that she now feels comfortable to go out cycling with her brother or by herself. In Autumn 2019 Ashlene went out training with her brother and Bike for Good to increase her fitness, with the goal of completing the Pedal for Scotland Challenge.

She did it! Both Ashlene and her brother got a great sense of enjoyment from completing this 45 mile cycle. Cycling has made Ashlene feel happier and healthier and has increased her confidence to get back out on the bike more.

Ashlene has continued to cycle on a regular basis, for the physical and mental benefits. She is planning on going cycling with her young son more, intending to hire a trailer from Bike for Good South Community Hub to tow him around until he can cycle himself.

“Nina, Ali and everyone else who I have engaged with at Bike for Good has been incredibly supportive, helpful and open to me and my cycling needs/challenges. They are people who are truly passionate about what they do and it speaks volumes in everything they offer and provide. I would never have believed I would go from getting my basic cycling skills and confidence back to completing Pedal For Scotland. It was a fantastic, rewarding experience and I am very grateful to Bike for Good in supporting me to take part in it. As a Glasgow resident, Bike For Good is, in my opinion, one of the absolute gems in the city and I plan to stay engaged with their services while I continue my cycling experience.”

Peter outgrew his bike when he was ten years old, and since then he had abandoned cycling altogether.

Living in Birmingham previously, he didn’t rate the city infrastructure and felt ‘mega anxious’. He told us that he couldn’t bring himself to try again.

Since moving to Glasgow, Peter has engaged with mental health support organisation Flourish House. He attended one of our 10 week block sessions with Flourish House, through our Wheelbeing project, and tried cycling again after 21 years out of the saddle!

“I have had a massive increase in confidence knowing that I can cycle – this was a big cause of anxiety and shame before, feeling that i wasn’t able to. I now move more freely as a result and I think there are other things I can probably try, too.”

We were able to set Peter up with a discounted nextbike membership through our innovative Bikes for All scheme, so that he could continue cycling once the 10 week block of sessions at Flourish House was over. He aims to keep cycling regularly, building up his confidence on the roads, and perhaps one day be able to buy his own bike.

“Falling over and looking daft was my biggest fear. And it happened. But it really didn’t bother me. The joy of being able to cycle again overrode that!”

Before engaging with Bike for Good, Olivia had only cycled as a child. As an adult, she lacked confidence to cycle and didn’t feel a passion for it.

Now in her mid-20s, we first engaged with Olivia when we delivered a 10 week Wheelbeing block to participants from Phoenix Futures Recovery Hub in Anniesland.

The purpose of delivering this session was to improve participants’ fitness and mental health, and show them how to access different parts of Glasgow by bike.

The 10 week cycling block had an extremely positive impact on Olivia. Her fitness levels increased enabling her to cycle longer distances, and her attitude towards cycling changed. Olivia’s mood increased and she generally seemed happier and more chatty with the group and us.

From day one of the sessions we identified that Olivia was very competent on a bike. and possessed leadership qualities. Throughout the sessions Olivia was given the opportunity to lead portions of the ride and deliver pre-ride checks.

Putting Olivia in this leadership position really helped to build her confidence, to the point where she made the decision to come back and volunteer with Bike for Good to help lead rides. Volunteering and the sense of responsibility has had a positive impact on other parts of her life, helping her complete her journey from recovery to re-entry to the community, and prompting her to take on other volunteering opportunities across the city.

Olivia now volunteers with us on a regular basis helping to deliver rides to a new group from Phoenix Futures. Additionally, she assists with delivering some of the Women’s Wellness Yoga and Cycle sessions, and has been involved with our Women’s Mountain Bike sessions too.

Olivia intends to keep on volunteering with us as much as she can to ensure positive change continues.

In the future, she will also be taking part in the City and Guilds Build Your Own Bike course to help develop her mechanical knowledge, so she can add to her skillset and volunteer in different areas of the organisation.

Olivia has also been supplied with a discounted nextbike membership through the Bikes For All programme so she has access to a bike. This membership will alow her to continue to build on her physical health and wellbeing through cycling, and access appointments and volunteering commitments around Glasgow.

Mohammed is an asylum seeker from Iran, now residing in Glasgow.

Once a month, our Bikes for All project heads to the Central and West Integration Network. Every Friday the CWIN put on a free lunch at the Garnethill Multicultural Centre for their community. We attend so that we can meet refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants on low to no income, and explain how we can support their transport hardship through heavily discounted access to the nextbike scheme in Glasgow.

One Friday lunch, we met Mohammed. In Iran he cycled regularly, and felt healthy and happy when on his bike, and was really missing this part of his life.

We were able to give him a Bikes for All membership, and now he can move freely and happily about our wonderful city of Glasgow.

“I use the nextbike for everything: shopping, appointments, I visit friends and ride it for pleasure. It has made me healthier because I cycle everyday. I was always just walking before which I didn’t enjoy, but I feel happier cycling now. I help my friends and community to sign up and use nextbikes. I would like to volunteer with Bike for Good in the future.”

We are proud to have been a part of making Mohammed’s transition to a new country a little easier for him.

Before getting involved with Bike for Good, Alan spent most of his time playing video games alone in his house.

He owned a bike, but he only used it close to home. He wasn’t sure how to plan routes, and wasn’t confident enough to explore further afield.

We met Alan during a ten week cycling block with NHS Esteem, through our Wheelbeing community outreach programme. During these ten weeks, we utilised nextbikes to show the group easy and accessible routes around the city, and to improve their mental health and fitness.

Alan connected with cycling, and now describes being on his bike as ‘his new favourite hobby’. He also reports that his attitude and state of mind have improved.

Now that the ten week block is over, Alan intends to continue cycling to all of his appointments and group activities, rather than use public transport. He is looking forward to attending lots of social rides to keep his mental health and physical fitness in check. NHS Esteem North plan to set up their own cycling club in the near future, and Alan has expressed an interested in helping out with this.

Alan told us:

“The cycling sessions with NHS Esteem and Bike for Good were by far my favourite group, they definitely brightened up my day. I was disappointed when they ended -it felt like they did not go on for long enough! But it opened up my eyes to see just how easy it was to cycle through Glasgow. I cycle to most of my NHS Esteem activities now and I even went on a weekend trip to Arran. I cycled around Arran for two days stopping off at many different villages and beaches. I want to thank Bike for Good for the work they do, it has been much appreciated.”

Before being involved with Bike for Good Eric had fairly good cycling ability and had volunteered at the Pop Up events held by British Cycling around Glasgow.

Eric suffered from anxiety, and we met him during a 10 week Wheelbeing cycling course to improve his mental wellbeing. This block course improved his cycling abilities and taught him how to cycle safely on the roads.

The opportunity arose for Eric to shadow the leaders of the group, and progressed to leading rides by himself to practice for undertaking the Cycle Ride Leader course.

He told us that getting to lead the group rides has improved his leadership, confidence, and communication skills. Eric says that cycling has reduced his anxiety significantly, and improved his quality of life.

Eric is going to continue leading rides with the help of Bike for Good until he is ready and confident to lead groups by himself. He will also participate in Cycle Ride Leader training so he can gain an official qualification to lead groups. The Phoenix Centre Cycling Club will benefit from having Eric on board as a ride leader and he will help the Club develop different routes along with another trainer.

Thanks to Eric for helping us to lead rides, and putting a great deal of effort into working on himself.

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health & wellbeing impact

In 2019 our Wheelbeing project was awarded a commendation at the 2019 RSPH Awards from Public Health England.


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united nations sustainable development goals

The UN created the Sustainable Development Goals for 2020, the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. The 17 Goals are all interconnected, and in order to leave no one behind, it is important that we achieve them all by 2030. If you click on different goals, you will see how Bike for Good are contributing towards each via the work we do to change lives through cycling.

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The UN created the Sustainable Development Goals for 2020, the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face. If you click on different goals, you will see how Bike for Good is contributing towards each via the work we do to change lives through cycling.

Our innovative Bikes for All scheme provides heavily discounted access to hire scheme nextbikes in Glasgow, so that people on low to no income have access to a mode of transport.

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Our Health & Wellbeing team concentrate on improving participants' physical fitness and their mental wellbeing, through the delivery of cycling lesson blocks. We focus not only on skills, but confidence and mindset, too.

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The qualifications and training we provide help our participants to find decent work and contribute to the economy. Additionally, we offer employment opportunities to our volunteers because we develop and invest in our people from within.

We are often called upon to contribute to active travel discussions, including those around improving infrastructure. Our community projects are innovative and award-winning, and we care about our community.

Our team cycle to work everyday, and teach others about the impact of carbon-emitting transport on the environment. We recycle, we use green energy suppliers, and we grow our own vegetables.

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We love and respect the planet, and focus on building safe, sustainable and enjoyable cycling communities that are in harmony with nature. We take people on foraging rides, to understand how our ecosystems can be discovered and appreciated on a bike.

Our Skills & Development team run The Bike Academy, where we provide training and qualifications for young people who find that a traditional schooling route doesn't suit them. A City & Guilds qualification is a different entry into working life.

We run maintenance sessions for women and non-binary people called Spokes Not Blokes, to provide a safe and welcoming space to learn skills for people who might not feel comfortable in a typical bike shop setting.

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We design projects to reduce inequalities. We provide Bikes for All which directly supports refugees and those seeking asylum with access to affordable transport.

We played an integral role in developing the South City Way, opening a Hub there to ensure the cycling culture became sustainable. We help community groups to set up independent cycling clubs, giving them leadership training to create sustainable units.

We encourage people to donate their old bikes to us, rather than send them to landfill. Over the years we have rescued and refurnished thousands of bikes, filling the demand gap for affordable transport produced responsibly.

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We nurture partnerships with Glasgow City Council, Yokecoco, the South East Integration Network, and many others. We developed Aye Cycle Glasgow to bring cycling organisations together in partnership for common goals - to get Glasgow cycling.

financial summary



thanks to our supporters and funders

visit our hubs

South Community Hub

Langside Lane

539 Victoria Road



G42 8BH

0141 261 1609


West Community Hub

65 Haugh Road



G3 8TX

0141 248 5409


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thanks for another fantastic year!

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