Two friends, the refugees and the local community

Bristol bike project bringing affordable transport to the asylum seekers

Two friends collected bicycles from the community for local asylum seekers struggling to travel around the city

How did the collaboration come about?

The Bristol Bike Project was born in 2008 when two friends returned from their first cycling tour with a new-found love of bikes and a desire to help their community. They had identified a need for affordable transport among asylum seekers in Bristol, as many of whom were struggling to get about the city to make important appointments and received very little support from the government. They posted flyers around the city and people started donating bicycles which they then donated to the Refugee Council. This was the start of the co-op that promotes transport equality and supports refugees and women’s rights.

Will the project continue beyond COVID-19 lockdown?


How was the project funded


Any other comments?

In order of importance, please choose the relevant factors that contributed to the success of this project?

Response to need
Response to COVID-19
The 'big' idea
Social impact
Delivery of Project
Combination of skill sets
Combination of participants
Volunteer support
Existing relationships
Available funding