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.

We have launched a new appeal to raise enough funds to provide 100 bikes for our amazing key workers, in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

We are extremely grateful to Low Carbon Hub who have generously given £1,000 as matched funding towards our appeal. Along with Active Oxfordshire's initial £1,000, this means that for every £1 you give up to £2,000, your donation will be doubled!

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. Our aim is to raise enough funds to provide 100 bikes for NHS heroes across Oxford city.

£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.

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