Three hour long, one-to-one workshop sessions working with marginalised people from within our community who need affordable and sustainable transport. Individuals work with one of the project’s mechanics to refurbish a donated bike, learning basic mechanical skills in the process. This scheme emphasises empowerment and self-reliance rather than simply being a handout. It involves practical, hands-on engagement that functions as a bonding process between owner and bicycle. Since 2009, well over 1500 bikes have been earned from the project in this way. Those who earn their bike from us can keep it running smoothly by dropping in at our weekly Fix-a-Bike sessions.
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. Watch our film to get a more in-depth picture.
Most people are referred to us from an organisation, however,you can also refer yourself, if you fit the criteria. Do feel free to contact us if in doubt.
The EAB scheme is available to those who are unemployed and are at least one of the following:
Asylum Seekers or Refugees
Persons with ongoing debilitating health problems
Persons with learning difficulties
In sheltered housing
Undergoing a recovery programme
We run Earn-a-Bike workshops for five people on Thursdays – three appointments at 10.30am and a further two at 2pm. You will be expected to spend approximately two to three hours with us working on your bike, so please make sure you have this amount of free time before arranging an appointment with us. Note that you’ll be expected to get hands-on involved in repairing the bike, but don’t worry if you’ve no previous experience.
For 8-18 year olds, we can provide an Earn a Bike session early on Friday evening, so as not to clash with classes. Contact us for more details.
The bike and the session are both free. However we require £20.00 to cover the cost of a good D-lock and a set a lights (worth £30) and essential new parts for each bicycle. This must be paid at the time of booking.
Arranging a Workshop
To book a workshop, you will need to come to the project with £15 in cash or a debit card. WE NO LONGER ACCEPT CHEQUES. You can come any day of the week (mon-fri). We will then offer you an appoinment. We have a waiting list so it may be two or three weeks aterwards.
Because bike repairs can be expensive, Earn-a-Bikers have access to our free repair drop-in workshop, every Wednesday 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. Under 18s can attend our After School Bikes session on Fridays from 3.30pm to 6pm. Women can attend the Monday night session from 6pm. We do not undertake free repairs on any other days.
Women’s Earn a Bike Workshop
We also offer Earn-a-Bike sessions in a women only space, available for women who would feel more comfortable with that. The scheme is called Freedom of Movement. If you would like to book this service, please fill in the form on that page.