How to book…
Our Earn-a-Bike programmes are available to anyone experiencing involuntary long-term unemployment (6 months or more). This may include people:
● seeking asylum or with refugee status
● with ongoing mental or physical health problems
● with learning difficulties
● who are homeless or in supported/sheltered housing
● undergoing a substance abuse recovery programme
● on probation
You may be referred through an organisation or refer yourself. We work in cooperation with over 50 organisations in and around Bristol, including Bristol Refugee Rights, Bristol Drugs Project, Second Step, Unseen, The Big Issue & various youth groups amongst many others.
To book a workshop, please come to the Project during our opening hours, or get in touch if you are unable to come in person. If you are under 18, you will need to come with a parent, guardian or support worker.
The bike and the workshop are both free. However, we ask for £20.00 to cover the cost of a good D-lock, a set of lights. This must be paid at the time of booking and is non-refundable in the event of a missed appointment (please call us to rearrange if you can no longer make your appointment).
What does the workshop involve?
You will be guided through a practical session in basic bike maintenance skills. No prior experience is necessary, but this is an interactive session, so you’ll need to be prepared to get involved!
What kind of bike will I get?
This programme is made possible thanks to the generous donations of bikes we receive each week and the time and energy given by our wonderful volunteers. This means there is often a very limited choice of bikes available, but we work hard to ensure the bikes we prepare are practical and the right size.
What if I’m nervous riding a bicycle?
If you are not a confident cyclist, we recommend you sign up for the 3 free cycle skills sessions provided by Lifecycle. You are responsible for making your own way home safely. Please make transport provisions where needed.