Bike Project

The Bike Project is a social enterprise which refurbishes donated bikes and sells them.  The idea is simple.  The project collects unwanted bicycles from the public and other organisations and provides free skills, training and work experience for local jobseekers and young people to refurbish these donated bikes.  Good quality second-hand bikes are then sold to the local community at an affordable price and this income sustains the project.

Coordinated by John Thurlow, some of the key achievements in the first four and a half years of the project since its launch on 16th May 2012 are set out below:

  • 7,250 bikes have been donated
  • 3,500 bikes have been sold or serviced
  • 86 volunteers have supported the project
  • 75 clients have received work experience
  • 89 have trained in cycle mechanics
  • 80 have received an accredited City and Guilds or EAL cycle mechanics qualification
  • 28 learners completed the first Level 2 certificate in July 2015
  • 44 have gone on to paid work
  • over 35 volunteers and trainees are currently engaged on a weekly basis

The project is based at Woking Road Depot but also has sales outlets at 109 Southway, Westborough (Guildford) and 54 Dartmouth Avenue, Sheerwater (Woking)