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Bike for Good Social Impact Report 20/21

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Social Impact Report 20/21

Warm welcome from our Communications Lead Fariha

I joined Bike for Good last December, after a hectic year of the full 2020 experience. I started right before the second lockdown, which proved to be challenging. It was quite difficult starting a new job with a bunch of colleagues I wouldn’t get to meet until months later; it was a while before I even met my manager!I come from a communications and equalities background. Prior to Bike for Good, I 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 a 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 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 full-time cyclist to be in this line of work.Fariha Saeed

Bike sales & services

We provide the people of glasgow with access to low-cost quality bikes. Our team of mechanics refurbish over 1000 bikes a year, donated by the public.It's a cycle!

Our community outreach team deliver a series of projects and services to get people around glasgow cycling

Health & Wellbeing

Active Travel

Skills & Development

Our impact themes

Our mission is to change lives through cycling. We focus on these three key impacts.You'll see these three symbols throughout the report.

vision

mission

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

Highlights 20/21

38% of these people were new to us.We adapted our services todeliver support to people affected by the pandemic

2484 people engaged with our Community Outreach team this year across different projects

Engagement in our services led to a 60% increase in bike access, through bike ownership and nextbike

61% of participants now cycle as their main mode of transport, an increase of 47% before engaging with us

2096 bikes were donated to us, and we sold 987

798 donated bikes were stripped for parts, to be used by our teams and volunteers

Helping communities during Covid-19

New priorities and social restrictions reflect the massive change in activities delivered compared to the previous year.

Changing priorites

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Covid-19 response

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people given access to bikes

people delivered food and medicine

Click to read a Key Workers cycling story

Since the beginning of the pandemic, cycling has become a lifeline for many. Bike for Good played a key role in helping to facilitate this - just one week into the the first lockdown, we developed services and activities in partnership with our many community partners to support families, people shielding, as well as key workers who worked tirelessly to keep us safe.

We raised £12,555 through public donations! Click to read

Click to read about our pop-up Dr Bikes

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food and care packages delivered to vulnerable and shielding people

Click to read about the bikes we provided to children

We only held 22% fewer Active Travel sessions because we adopted a more personal style of work with less of a group focus

'Learn to ride' sessions such as 1-1 cycle training went up by 196%

Frances M"I loaned a bike from Bike For Good not long after the first lockdown started. As a key worker, it was essential that I had safe travel to work. I continued to use the bike loan service and was supported throughout this time by Bike For Good. I was devastated when my loan bike was stolen, but after some investigation, I managed to get it back and we continued to commute together. I asked if I was able to buy the bike as I felt I had bonded with it over this unusual period. It was approved that I could buy the bike and I am now the proud owner of this bike, I feel we have gone through so much together. Thank you for supporting me during this time."

We ran 10 workshops with 98 bikes fixed at our pop-up Dr Bike events in communities across Glasgow. This free repair service was a lifeline for many people who took up cycling during lockdown but struggled to get their bike repaired due to demand.

We delivered 132 free bikes to children living on a low income. We also offered their parents free access to the city-wide bike share scheme, nextbike, ensuring that families had equal access to bikes during the various lockdowns. In total 127 free memberships were distributed to people living on a low income throughout the first lockdown. “Before getting the bikes none of my kids could cycle, now they can cycle really well! It didn’t take them long at all to learn. During lockdown, its been such a challenge to find things to do. Before where I had to really push them to go outside and exercise, now they are always in a rush to go to the park to cycle. They are happier and more excited after receiving the bikes. Now they can go to the park and cycle with their friends at a social distance. When I ask my oldest to help with a chore she always wants to go by bike. She is so happy to be on the bike she forgets it’s a chore. As a single mum it has been such a help, to have happy kids who are excited about exercise and doing something outside all together.”

Bike sales and repairs

Bike Donations

West Hub:1596South Hub: 500

We provide access to low-cost quality bikes, diverting tonnes of waste from landfills. We do this by taking public bike donations, refurbishing those bikes (or stripping them to use for parts), then re-selling them back to the public from both of our community hubs, Revolve certified. On average, our team of excellent mechanics refurbish 1000bikes a year. We also offer bike maintenance and service repairs from both our hubs.

Bike Sales

West Hub:798South Hub: 189

We limited our opening hours and changed the way we were operated to keep everyone safe. This approach was constantly adapted

We operated the "Cycle Repair Scheme" to provide free repairs & maintenance for those facing financial difficulty due to the pandemic.

Click the images above to read more

Bike Repairs

People: 374Appointments: 417

We sadly had to halt all of our volunteering activity at the start of the initial lockdown. However, before long our volunteers supported our food delivery programme. By Christmas, we had 30 return but we were unable to recruit any new volunteers, despite having a big waiting list.

Volunteers

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Volunteers engaged with us at both our hubs

Volunteering hours were spent, despite social restrictions

Click the image above to read Thomas and Martin's volunteer story

"My return to volunteering was everything I thought it would be - welcoming, friendly, fulfilling, and great to be challenged by oily bits of bikes." -Stuart Kerr

Online activity

Much of our activity and most of our events had to move online during 2020.We've grown our online audience, reaching 107515 unique website visitors and 1633553 hits.Our social media engagement has increased exponentially too, reaching 27375 people on average each month on Facebook.Over the last year we had:

279,648 reach

20,878 reach

198,804 reach

.... We also send out a monthly newsletter to over 3,400 subscribers! Click the image below to sign up to our newsletter

click on each image to read their active travel story

Active Travel

As part of our Active Travel theme , we encourage people to take up cycling for their commute and as their preferred mode of transport. We support many individuals through cycle training, youth engagement, equipment loans, climate change awareness and led rides.

67%

747

people engaged with an active travel activity

of these people were new to us this year

tons of CO2 emissions were saved by participants through their active travel journey!

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We saw a 30% Increase in the number of people cycling as their main mode of travel, through:

24%of those are able to do so for leisure and 40% of them have the skills, confidence and knowledge to cycle on roads for active travel.

Dr Bikes

Cycling Activities

Bike Loans

Gladys Ngwira"I was unable to cycle when I first did lessons, but after only two lessons I was able to cycle around the park - it felt so good. My fitness is improving and I feel very happy when I am riding a bike. I had a number of one-to-one lessons from the West Hub. I want to be able to cycle to work and will continue to have lessons until I am confident enough to do this. I am so pleased I can cycle. I will cycle to work and a bike will become part of my life. Thank you for all your help Bike For Good."

Harriet P"I am a relatively confident cyclist, but I was unsure on how to go about planning a safe and efficient route. I used the Bike Buddy Service to map out a safe route from my home to work, and for someone to ride the route with me. After the support, advice and encouragement I received, I am now able to commute 8 miles to work. The route is very safe with a large portion of it being off-road and on cycleways and the service has been really helpful. I am a doctor working at the hospice in Stobhill hospital, and at times I need the positivity of a bike ride home at the end of a shift. I will definitely be cycling to and from work with my newfound route and will really appreciate that time to unwind. Thank you for your time and efficient service."

Harriet P"I am a relatively confident cyclist, but I was unsure about where to start with planning a safe efficient route. I used the Bike Buddy Service to map out a safe route from my home to work and to ride the route with a trainer. After the support, advice and encouragement I received, I am now able to commute 8 miles to work. The route is very safe with a large portion of it being off-road and on cycleways. This has been really helpful; I am a doctor working at the hospice in Stobhill hospital and at times I need the positivity of a bike ride home at the end of a shift. I will definitely be cycling too and from work with my newfound route and will really appreciate that time to unwind. Thank you for your time and efficient service."

Key Workers campaign

There was a massive surge in people cycling during the initial 2020 lockdown, all around the world! This spike slowed down as restrictions and weather changed. Glasgow was no exception to this, as people slowly started returning to previous forms of transport.We wanted to remind people locally that cycling was not just for lockdown and is something we should do all year round.We launched a campaign in January 2020 offering help to Key Workers, so they could use cycling to commute.Our billboard in the south-side had 72,000 impressions and we had an overall reach of about 32,145 on social media.

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Key Workers were supported on their cycling journey through:1-1 Cycle trainingBike & equipment loansRoad skills lessons

click image above for more on campaign

As part of this campaign, we did the following:2 Billboard sites in South Glasgow (Pollokshaws Road and Kilmarnock Road) running for 5 weeksRadio interview on Awaz FmOnline advertising across a variety of platforms including Outlook, Gumtree and Capital FM Communicorp running for 4 weeksAn extensive social media campaign spanning Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linked-in Press release which led to Glasgow Times publishing an articleon the campaign Newsletters sent to thousands of partners and stakeholdersFull page advert in Greater Govanhill magazine in 4 languages ( Urdu, Romanian, Arabic where 5000 copies were distributed in March. On average each copy is read by 2 to 5 people. 300 Posters in key open venues around both Hubs ( supermarkets, cafes and other essential retail outlets) As incentives, we also offered:An online competition to win a healthy hamper in return for tagging or sharing a post with a key worker.A free puncture repair kit worth £20 for the first 50 people to sign up for a confidence-building ride.

Click on each image to read their health & wellbeing story

Health & Wellbeing

“When I cycle my body tries to catch up with my mind. it’s therapeutic”- MORE cycle club participant

Our health & wellbeing focus is to promote the mental and physical benefits of cycling. We support organisations to create cycling hubs, delivering confidence-building sessions and increase bike access for those on low-income.

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People engaged with the health & wellbeing team. 89% of those were new and 482 were supported in response to the pandemic.

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People were provided with a bike as part of Bikes for All

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Community Groups worked with and 6 of them set up cycling clubs

said cycling activities helped them make new friends

make more use of outdoor spaces

said their mental health improved

Food Delivery PartnershipAt the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we entered into a new partnership with Community Central Hall, Woodlands Community Development Trust and Queens Cross Housing Association. We worked jointly to coordinate, produce and delivery frozen meals and grocery bags to individuals and families who were shielding, self-isolating or in a vulnerable position.Our health & wellbeing team were doing weekly bike food deliveires of up to 100 frozen meals each time they went out. This role was undertaken by both staff and volunteer riders using a range of cargo bikes that are well suited to inner-city riding and able to manoeuvre in tight residential streets.The partnership was able to reduce its carbon footprint compared to using regular minibus vehicles (as they might have otherwise done with Bike for Good's involvement) and were able to undertake deliveries at a quicker rate due to the bikes agility. By the end of March 2021, the partnership including Bike for Good, had delivered 20,000 plus frozen meals and 3,000plus grocery bags.The programme proved to become a valuable weekly contact to many people who were self-isolating or shielding and continued as restrictions changed. Throughout 2020 and 2021 Bike for Good have played a valuable role in the delivery of frozen meals to recipients across the partnership area.Recipients have reported that the food service helped to maintain and support their families, was a source of support and kindness during difficult times and was a visible presence throughout the pandemic response and poor weather conditions!

Bikes for All and MORE’s Bike ClubMORE is a grassroots campaigning organisation and support network for people with lived experience of the asylum system and migration.Yvonne Blakespoke to us about the impact of Bikes for All on MORE’s Bike Club, which was set up at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.Yvonne explains that MORE members experience intersectional oppression - many are exposed to poverty, live under the No Recourse to Public Funds policy, experience physical health problems related to stress or injuries, as well as PTSD and other mental health issues. Yvonne explains that many living with a type of poverty that restricts life meaning they “cannot just get a bus and go somewhere.”Yvonne herself learnt to cycle early in the UK’s first lockdown. She felt cycling to be extremely “liberating”, allowing her to access green spaces, connect with her body and improve her mental health. She wanted to share this newfound freedom and give others an opportunity to connect with the outdoors. At this time, hundreds of people were moved to hotel accommodation and had their weekly stipend removed - experiencing extreme poverty, isolation, high levels of stress and poor mental health. During this time two people living in hotel accommodation died of mental health-related incidents.MORE set up a fortnightly bike club, for all abilities, using nextbike, which at first was predominantly attended by people living in hotel accommodation but also families with teenagers. Early on, the group linked up with Bike For Good who created Bike For All accounts for all MORE participants.Yvonne states that, without access to nextbike through Bikes For All, it would have been “impossible” to sustain the Bike Club, due to financial pressures and the fact that very few group members owned their own bikes.Prior to intervention from Bike For Good and access to nextbike’s, MORE was spending a huge percentage of their funds on nextbike hire and bus fares in order for people to attend.Bikes For All not only freed up MORE’s financial resources but also allowed participants access to a bike in between sessions, for practice and/or transport. It increased the group’s membership. It also allowed members to travel to and from the meeting point, saving MORE the cost of bus fares.MORE Bike Club participants’ reduction in social isolation is in line with our feedback from participants with 70% experiencing reduced social isolation after accessing nextbike through Bikes For All.74% of Bikes For All participants feel that having access to nextbike’s has improved their mental health. Yvonne’s report of finding personal liberation and the ability to find an outlet to counteract her stress reinforces this.MORE has saved up to £120+ a month on Nextbike hire costs, and approximately £90 a month on bus fares. (Bikes For All nextbike account costs £3 per person annually and a daily First Bus fare costs £4.50 per day)80% of Bikes For All account holders found staff support helpful. Yvonne spoke specifically of MORE feeling supported by Bike For Good staff and Bikes For All sign upsThe impact on people’s mental and physical health was clear. Cycling with the group and between sessions gave people a form of exercise and transport where before they were very limited. Several people were able to learn to cycle for the first time whilst others improved their cycling skills further. It improved people’s physical fitness and their mental health. New arrivals to Glasgow and the UK have been able to build community through access to Bikes For All. Enabling them to access services, emotional support and to help them to navigate both the city and the asylum system. The group travelled hundreds of miles over the summer and visited locations across the city.Yvonne states that autonomy of travel for MORE members is “liberating and even radical”, as it “goes against the Home Office which tries to contain people”.Isolation is a huge problem for asylum seekers, especially new arrivals, but the Bike Club, made sustainable by Bikes For All, gives people access to a fun and welcoming network of individuals, and a free form of entertainment, exercise and transport.“It’s positive for anyone who is having a bad time, or anyone who just wants to explore. It gives them solace, away from their worries and away from things. Before having a nextbike membership, the only place someone could go was to the shopping centre with their prepaid Aspen card. Now they have the opportunity to meet people and bond as a group, building trust, security, welcoming people and building a network. This is important because asylum seekers need each other”.“When people were living in hotel accommodation, they literally had no money. When the group started a lot of people from the hotels would come down. Many were new to Glasgow. They met people who were having the same experience as them and they got to know Glasgow. Without the support of Bikes For All and Bike For Good it would be impossible to continue this group, and this group is vital for people”.Participant quotes:“That’s what I love about cycling, you lose yourself from worries, your mind is so free. You feel connected with your body, and nature”“One week I was really down, really broken. I cycled really fast, didn’t know where I was. Then I realised I’d cycled half way to Balloch! I needed an outlet”

Catherine“I would not be here cycling if I hadn't done this little course with you.”Catherine didn’t own a bike and had lost her nerve with cycling before she started a 10-week block of cycle rides with Bike for Good. The only cycling she ever did was on holiday,once or twice a year on rented bikes. She never believed she could cycle along the busymain road outside her rural home to get to her local cycle paths. “I thought it was just toohorrendous. I would be in the car with a cyclist in front and I would think ‘That's so brave.’”She felt huge joy and excitement after a breakthrough moment in Week 3 of our cyclingsessions when we were on the canal heading towards Croy. “I could have just kept going! Ihad never been along there before and I was enjoying it so, so much. I was disappointedwhen we turned back! I thought ‘Let’s get going!’. I got back home so excited.”Since then Catherine has had a huge increase in confidence and a big change in behaviour.She bought an e-bike, inspired her husband to buy one too, and has since been cycling withher husband and son. “The first time, we just went along the main road, joined the canal,and I've been doing that ever since! Once I went all the way along the road throughMilngavie on the cycle path (which I never thought I would do). I thought I couldn't go onthe big roads; I was so wrong. Now, I feel quite comfortable cycling on them”.She is thrilled at how many points she gets on her heart monitor after every ride, as the bikehas had a great impact on her physical health. It has increased her access to leisure andexercise, has given her a new way of having quality time with her family, has increased heraccess to green spaces and her ambition to explore and go further. “I have a cross-trainerthat I don't particularly enjoy, but when I'm on my bike I just think ‘I'm working hard but thisis such fun!’ You don't feel like you're exercising because you’re enjoying it. It's so tranquil.Last Sunday we decided we'll take a little picnic next time and see if we can get to Croy andback. And then maybe to France!”Not only has cycling increased Catherine’s physical health, but her mental health too. It’sgiven her a new sense of fun, a new hobby, and in her own words “makes her heart sing”.There’s a book she owns with a chapter ‘Are you a cyclist or a bicyclist?’. “The cyclist issomeone going everywhere in lycra and then the bicyclist is me who likes to hop on andpootle along and maybe stop for a picnic, but is having just as much fun and it has nothingto do with speed. So yes, now I’m a bicyclist!”Living in an isolated rural area, cycling has also increased Catherine’s access to basic servicesand recreational activities that don’t require getting in the car. “It's opened up my world.Even getting to my dentist or doctor. I don't plan ahead now. I just think ‘oh I need to post aletter, I’ll just pop along on my bike’. I like cycling with a purpose.” Catherine’s nearestvillage is a mile away with no pavements or cycle paths on the way. Before, she would havegot in the car for small trips, or not gone at all. Now she happily accesses the local shop onher bike. “It has definitely made the village feel much much closer. The last time I went to post aletter the whole round trip was just half an hour. This is really achievable and much nicerthan doing it in the car. I just like to get to places. I use the bike as a tool. I've got somepanniers so I can carry lots of things and I think I could even do the big shop. I think I will doit if it's raining once I've got waterproofs!”In short, Catherine is a total cycling convert! With her newfound hobby and mode oftransport, she will continue to increase in confidence, explore her local area and beyond,inspire all her friends and family to cycle, and continue to be an ambassador for ruralbicyclists in Scotland!

Skills & Development

Our skills & development side of the organisation offers people a chance to enhance their skills and employability prospects. We offer a range of classes and courses, such as bike maintenance, Fix Your Own Bike, Build Your Own Bike and a cycle maintenance qualification. We got creative in our approach to restrictions, moving many of these services online.

click on each image to read their skills & development story

People engaged with a skills & development class, programme or activity

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Maintenance classes were particularly popular, delivered to

people

Said their course made them feel better about themselves

Of participants are likely to seek further training, voluntary or paid work

Of participants believe their life chances and employability has improved

Thomas LennonThomas has been a Bike for Good volunteer since May 2018.He was interested in bikes but had little knowledge of them when he joined us. He began with several mechanic lessons, also helping out with Skills and Development Bike Academy sessions. When Thomas started at BfG, he was developing a heart condition and had to quit his hospitality career. He is from a bar supervisor background in various Glasgow establishments. Having a heart attack at 34 he was told to slow down his life, and as a direct result invested his time at BfG as a volunteer (which was his first experience with volunteering). Thomas has developed a good grounding in mechanical skills, completing a level 1 in City and Guilds, and was a huge help in building bikes for the Christmas bike donation drop.Thomas was told not to go back to bar work, and sees the skills he is getting at BfG as a massive boost in a new direction of employment. Thomas has seen a big increase in his health, despite his heart being permanently damaged."Bike for Good has given me a second opportunity and as I am not getting any younger. I am thankful for the direction Bike for Good has been able to give me.". I would recommend volunteering here for people to find their own paths in life and purpose and belonging. Sometimes we don't always find it where we are and volunteering can help with that. Us volunteers have all found BfG for some reason, and it's given me purpose".​​​

Leonardo CovaciuLeonardo has been coming to Bike for Good South Hub and attended our young people cycling group "Govanhill Gears" for 3 years."I knew how to cycle but not how to fix my bike. I used to come because my bike was broken and you helped me to fix it. I have learnt a lot ofnew skills, I feel more confident, I feel healthier & happier. If I could come to Bike for Good every day that would be the best. If Bike for Good didn't exist, I would spend more time in the house which would not be good for me. It's nice to meet new people here and things will start to get better in your life. When I'm older like you, I want to go and travel to different countries to teach other people how to cycle, and do mountain biking and BMXing."

Joe MclennanJoe did 3 days of the virtual Build Your Own Bike course during lockdown and built his new bike as part of the course."I used to cycle for work and leisure but haven't owned a good quality or new bike in 10 yeats. I knew roughly how to change brake pads and clean my bike but that was about it in terms of maintenance. I didn't know anything about proper handlebar set-up for good posture or even know how to take the back wheel off.​​​I've had a very difficult year after tearing a ligament in my knee, having to move back from Canada and be unemployed because of Covid-19 and the death of my brother in September - and having a brand new bike has helped me massively, Cycling has always helped me feel so much better and helped me get out of my head but my old bike's gears slipped a lot and riding it was putting me off. Now with my new one, I know how to maintain and clean it properly and it is an absolute dream to ride. My confidence on offroad trails has already increased so much in such a short time. I have so much pride in my new bike which in itself has helped my mental health."Joe now wants to become a paddle boarding and mountain-biking instructor.

Click on each image to find out more about our community work

It's all about community!

The local Glasgow community helped us stay afloat during a challenging and difficult period at the start of the pandemic, and we did our best to give back both here and abroad.

We provided bikes and transport poverty relief to 22 new scotsWe did a festive bike giveaway where we reburfbished 100 kids bikes for families around glasgowWe sent a truck-load of bikes to friends of Wumenu Community Farm in Ghana.

Wumenu Community Farm

New Scots project

Festive giveaway

A woman using her bike for work at the Friends of Wumenu Community Farmin Ghana​​​

Bike for Good's Eddie and Chief Amu about to load up these bikes for delivery to Ghana's Friends of Wumenu Community Farm

pedal pals

in april 2021, we were deligted to launch pedal pals - an online platform to connect cyclists across glasgow.

people signed up over the weekend after we first launched

users are currently signed up and active on pedal pals

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click above to read Hannah & Shgufta's pedal pals story

On 25th August 2020, we posted our diversity statement of intent, in which we stated our committment to address the unconscious racial biases and lack of diversity in Bike for Good.We then established our diversity working group that same month.

Diversity Working Group

click on each image to meet members of the DWG

Robin

Shgufta

Since the group's inception, it has:Established a ‘Glasgow Cycling Diversity Collective’ to work with other community cycling organisationsCoordinated a programme of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) training for the staff teamDesigned a programme of training and volunteer opportunities for New Scots, following a series of consultation sessions with refugees and asylum seekers.Continued expanding the programme for women & non-binary peopleMade changes to our recruitment process and expanded where we advertise rolesInitiated a D&I Audit with Mor DiversityWe can't wait to see how the group grows and develops and anticipate many positive changes, both internally and across the wider Glasgow cycling community

We created a number of sub-groups that focus on:Training and VolunteeringCommunication and LanguageDisability Awareness & Accessibility

The group currently has 17 members, including staff, trustees and volunteers

Thomas LennonThomas has been a Bike for Good volunteer since May 2018.He was interested in bikes but had little knowledge of them when he joined us. He began with several mechanic lessons, also helping out with Skills and Development Bike Academy sessions. When Thomas started at BfG, he was developing a heart condition and had to quit his hospitality career. He is from a bar supervisor background in various Glasgow establishments. Having a heart attack at 34 he was told to slow down his life, and as a direct result invested his time at BfG as a volunteer (which was his first experience with volunteering). Thomas has developed a good grounding in mechanical skills, completing a level 1 in City and Guilds, and was a huge help in building bikes for the Christmas bike donation drop.Thomas was told not to go back to bar work, and sees the skills he is getting at BfG as a massive boost in a new direction of employment. Thomas has seen a big increase in his health, despite his heart being permanently damaged."Bike for Good has given me a second opportunity and as I am not getting any younger. I am thankful for the direction Bike for Good has been able to give me.". I would recommend volunteering here for people to find their own paths in life and purpose and belonging. Sometimes we don't always find it where we are and volunteering can help with that. Us volunteers have all found BfG for some reason, and it's given me purpose".​​​

Leonardo CovaciuLeonardo has been coming to Bike for Good South Hub and attended our young people cycling group "Govanhill Gears" for 3 years."I knew how to cycle but not how to fix my bike. I used to come because my bike was broken and you helped me to fix it. I have learnt a lot ofnew skills, I feel more confident, I feel healthier & happier. If I could come to Bike for Good every day that would be the best. If Bike for Good didn't exist, I would spend more time in the house which would not be good for me. It's nice to meet new people here and things will start to get better in your life. When I'm older like you, I want to go and travel to different countries to teach other people how to cycle, and do mountain biking and BMXing."

Scotland's first-ever bike subscription service!

In 2020, we set out to establish a socially driven bike share scheme. It is designed tobreak down access barriers to cycling while promoting a circular economy. The pilot kicked off in October 2020, where users paid a monthly £20 fee and were provided with a bike & all the equipment needed, along with a service of repair covering maintenance, breakdown and insurance. Most of our pilot participants are still subscribed to the service!

“It is a quality I wouldn’t otherwise have access to.”“The subscription model works really well for me - I don’t know how to maintain bikes.”“I’m delighted with my Elephant bike, it has had a massive positive impact on my Independence.”

92.9%

of participants were "very satisfied" with the scheme overall

24 people took part in the pilot. From our findings:

43% were using the bike 5-6 days a week

63% were using less public transport

Financial summary

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expenditure

Thanks to our supporters and funders

Looking Forward...

This year has certainly been a challenge but it has also highlighted how resilient we are at Bike for Good and how important it is to work collaboratively to overcome adversity. Looking forward to 2021-22, we are confident that we will emerge from the pandemic stronger than ever. To do this, we are launching several new partnership projects, services and even a new joint venture!

Motion Forward: In June 2021 we will launch Motion Forward, in partnership with Vélogik - a fleet maintenance service provider which will generate an income to support Bike for Good’s charitable activities. Click the image to read more on our partnership and the services we will offer ➡️New Scots Project: To support refugees and asylum seekers living in Glasgow, from April 2021 we will offer bespoke volunteering and skills development activities along with Build Your Own Bike sessions.Glasgow Women on Wheels Cycle Festival (GWOW) - in September 2021, we are excited to launch our second GWOW festival to support and encourage women and non-binary people into cycling! Keep an eye on our socials for more info coming soon!

& finally, team Bike for Good want to say thanks to everyone that supported us through a challenging, yet rewarding year!