‘We get refugees cycling!’
Supporting refugees by donated second hand bikes.
Refugees are not allowed to work and are given only £37.75 per week to live on.
A bike can mean the difference between a meal and transport, exercise and more.
A bike helps refugees and asylum-seekers access food banks, legal advice, healthcare, education and much more.
The Bike Project take secondhand bikes, fix them up and donate them to refugees and asylum seekers in London and Birmingham.
Having fled persecution and atrocity in their country of origin, most refugees arrive in the UK with absolutely nothing. A bike helps them access food banks, legal advice, healthcare, education and much more. If they're lucky enough to receive official refugee status, a bike can help refugees find employment.
As one of their bike beneficiaries puts it: "When you have to go from charity to charity to feed yourself, a bike becomes very important to your life."
Since 2013, over 6,000 bikes have been given away to refugees from dozens of countries including Syria, Eritrea and Albania.
There is also Bike Buddies, which is a cycling befriending project, and Pedal Power, teaching refugee women to cycle - sometimes for the first time in their lives.