Bike for Good
Bike for Good started in July 2010, unfunded in a small stall in Glasgow’s famous Barras market. Fast-forward to 2019, they now have two community hubs (Glasgow West and Glasgow South) and an amazing team of 50+ staff members and volunteers who have helped to change thousands of lives through cycling!
Their social enterprise and charity is dedicated to making Glasgow a cleaner, healthier and greener place to live. They do this by promoting cycling as a viable means of transport and their services include:
- The sale of refurbished bikes; facilitating the circular economy.
- Bike maintenance training, including Fix Your Own Bike services.
- On-road and confidence building cycle training – for both beginners and those looking to commute by bike.
- Business to business services such as Dr Bike (bike servicing directly in workplaces), travel planning, fleet bike purchases and cycle training for staff.
- Maintenance and redistribution of Glasgow’s city wide bike hire schemes. Ensuring more than 500 bikes are available to residents 24 hours 7 days a week.
They also offer a programme of free services and projects to reach those who are new to cycling or who may need a bit of encouragement to get back on a bike:
- WheelBeing: designed to encourage active lifestyles to tackle long term health conditions, particularly within the refugee and asylum communities as well as those living on a low income.
- VeloCommunities: a two year project aimed at reaching the communities in and around their two Glasgow based Community Hubs. The aim is to convert local commuters to regular cyclists, leaving the car behind in favour of the bike.
- The Bike Academy: professional bike maintenance training for young people in a school or community setting along with volunteering opportunities and paid placements for young trainee mechanics.
- Pedal Pathways: group rides and cycle training for women largely from BAME communities. Encouraging active lifestyles while increasing access to low cost travel options.
- Practical Cycle Awareness Training: offer drivers of large vehicles the chance to step into the shoes of more vulnerable road users, including those on bikes, on foot and those with disabilities. The aim is to provide them with a greater understanding of their needs.
- From both Community Hubs they also have a free bike lending library, kids clubs, cycle training lessons and a regular programme of group rides to enjoy!
From their two Community Hubs (Glasgow West and Glasgow South) they work in partnership with community groups, schools, local councils, businesses and charities to reach those who want to make a change for the better.
They regularly run events throughout the year from their premises in West and South, to bigger scale closed road events such as their recent Kelvin Way event. Keep an eye out for their upcoming plans to close Clyde Street for a big street play day in September!
Head of Projects: Victoria Leiper
Hub Leader: Shgufta Anwar
VeloCommunities Development Officer: Claudio Pia
Glasgow West Community Hub:
65 Haugh Road, Glasgow, G3 8TX
0141 248 5409
Glasgow South Community Hub:
539 Victoria Road, Glasgow, G42 8BH
0141 261 1609
Glasgow West Community Hub: 9am–5pm, Monday-Saturday and 9am–8pm, Wednesday
Glasgow South Community Hub: 9am–5pm, Monday-Saturday and 9am–8pm, Thursday