Bikes for Key Workers

Bikes for Key Workers

We are delighted to be working together with Cyclox, Oxford City Council, Broken Spoke Bike Co-op and other partners to launch a new project providing bikes for key workers across Oxford city.

Bikes will be given free of charge to NHS and social care staff who cannot use public transport during lockdown or are keen to take advantage of the quieter roads to build up confidence in cycling to work.

Update July 2020:

We have now given out 200 bikes to our NHS and social care heroes across Oxfordshire. We are absolutely delighted by the incredible success of this community project - none of this would have happened without the tireless efforts of Cyclox, our volunteer mechanics, our donors and of course the amazing keyworkers.

We are now working towards a target of giving out 300 bikes and also providing wider bike maintenance, training and tuition to make sure that our key workers can stay on the road safely. We are still running our fundraising appeal so if you are able to donate that would be greatly appreciated:

https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/bikesforkeyworkers

Active Oxfordshire have gone the extra mile to helping key workers like us. To be offered a bike free of charge, to gain access to work, is just wonderful. It's not just keyworkers that are the modern day heroes, its everyone involved like Active Oxfordshire. We can't thank you enough.

Rebecca and Steven, April 2020

About Bikes for Key Workers

The idea for this project came from Witney based organisation Windrush Bike Project, who began donating bikes to key workers in early April 2020 and have seen a significant rise in demand further across the county. In response to this growing need, Active Oxfordshire began talks with partner organisations to launch this concept in Oxford city.

Bikes are donated free of charge and checked over by volunteer mechanics, with final safety checks completed by qualified mechanics and bike shops. Broken Spoke Bike Co-op are also able to provide refurbished bikes towards the project. Once bikes are ready to go on the road, they will be allocated to NHS and social care keyworkers, working together with Oxford University Hospitals for referrals. NHS and social care staff can also self-refer for a donated bike and details are outlined below.

Get involved

We have launched a fundraising appeal to cover the cost of safety checks from qualified mechanics, locks, lights, any other equipment needed and transportation. The demand for bikes has been unprecedented and we are delighted that we have been able to give out 200 bikes to key workers across Oxfordshire. By continuing to support this vital project, you will enable us to keep up with demand and get more keyworkers back on the road.

£20 could provide a lock and lights for one bike

£60 could cover all the costs for one bike for an NHS key worker.

Whatever donation you are able to make, however small, will make a huge difference in helping us provide more bikes for our amazing key workers. Please support our Bikes for Key Workers appeal and donate today.

Could you donate a bike to a key worker or volunteer your time as a mechanic? We are looking for donations of bikes in good or reasonable condition as well as additional volunteer mechanics. If you can help, please email cycloxbikedonation@gmail.com. Thank you.

Bike Referrals

If you are an NHS or social care keyworker and would like to request a donated bike, please email Active Oxfordshire at keyworkers@activeoxfordshire.org and a member of our team will be in touch.

Demand continues to surge for key workers bikes

On Friday 12th June at 4pm, Active Oxfordshire and partners were delighted to be able to give out the 100th bike to local key worker Andrea, who plans to use the bike to get to work. Tim Stevenson, Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire was in attendance to give out the bike on the day, as well as representatives from Active Oxfordshire and one of the volunteer mechanics.

We will shortly be giving out our 200th bike - watch this space for news!

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