Sanctuary Wheels

Sanctuary Wheels

About Sanctuary Wheels

Sanctuary Wheels will provide free, refurbished bikes and tuition for hundreds of refugees across Oxfordshire. This includes, of course, the many refugees who are fleeing war in Ukraine and arriving now into our county. We will provide bikes, lights, locks, helmets and translated tuition so that refugees can benefit from being able to get around independently, access essential services and get to know their new communities.

Sanctuary Wheels will be run by Cyclox, Active Oxfordshire and Asylum Welcome, in partnership with Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and many community organisations across the county.

Asylum Welcome explain why a bike will make so much difference:

We see, and our clients tell us, that having a bike makes a huge difference to their morale, gets them out and doing, gives them freedom of transport across the city and often is a crucial factor in being able to take up educational and therapeutic support. It can be a major stage in becoming an independent member of society.

How you can help

1: Make a financial donation to our Sanctuary Wheels fundraising appeal:

£20 could provide a lock and lights for one bike

£60 could cover all of the costs needed to provide a bike for one refugee

We are extremely grateful to Mark Beard, High Sheriff of Oxfordshire for donating the first £2,000.

2: Donate a bike for refugees. We will be holding Bike Donation Days across Oxfordshire in partnership with Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, local schools and community organisations.

If you can't make the day please contact

NB: Please do not leave any donated bikes at the fire station outside of events.

3: Join our Bike Oxford Sanctuary Wheels team on Sunday 3rd July. We have a limited number of free places to give away; please email to join our Sanctuary Wheels team!

Cllr Dr Hosnieh Djafari-Marbini, Oxford City Council Migrant Champion, says:

Life can be so tough and lonely when you have left everyone and everything you know behind. Being able to cycle safely will give refugees the freedom they need to be able to weave that net of safety and community we all need to live happily and thrive.

I arrived in the UK as a teenager and though I knew how to cycle in parks and green spaces, I had no confidence cycling on roads. Going to a university town not dissimilar to Oxford, I tried my best but met a wall of disbelief from other young people "how can you get to 18 and not know how to cycle safely". Having access to bikes and being able to cycle safely is crucial. The Sanctuary Wheels project will not only provide refugees with the equipment but also the skills needed to do just that.

Get in touch

Cyclox are the main co-ordinators for Sanctuary Wheels. If you have any queries about making a bike donation or are a partner organisation/host family and would like to request bikes, please contact Kathryn on

If you have any press/media queries or would like to talk about making a donation to Sanctuary Wheels, please contact

Thank you so much for your support. Together, we can send a powerful message of welcome and soliditary to all refugees in Oxfordshire.

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