GLASGOW residents are in for a treat as a city cycling charity celebrates changing its name – with a series of family-friendly, cycling-themed events.
The Glasgow Bike Station, which reconditions unwanted bikes and supports people get back on the saddle, is re-branding to Bike for Good.
Established in 2010, the charity has grown significantly and now employs 41 people, including young apprentices training to become bike mechanics.
Last year, the team realised their current name wasn’t completely representative of their work and challenged themselves with creating a new identity.
CEO, Greg Chauvet, who only learned to ride a bike ten years ago, said: “We wanted a name and a brand which had multiple meanings.
“Bike for Good provides this – any regular cyclists will tell you that once you get into cycling, it is for good.
“Plus, a bike can be used to do good things – it helps the environment, improves your health, is a great way to meet people, helps overcome poverty and isolation and is also really good fun!
“I learned to cycle as an adult and it has changed my life.
“Our mission is to help more people realise what an impact cycling can have and I can’t wait to see what more Bike for Good can achieve!”
Bike for Good are also celebrating receiving their 20,000th bike donation!
To mark this special milestone – as well as the rebrand – they are hosting a series of events to cater for all:
- An open afternoon at their Bike for Good Community Hub, 509 Victoria Road on Friday 10th November from 2-6pm, offering: face-painting, henna, cycle skills session, music, cake, group rides, Dr Bike and more!
- A Champagne Reception for stakeholders and partners on Thursday 16th November from 5-7pm. Join us to launch the new brand, along with users of Bike for Good’s projects and services.
- A family fun day at Bike for Good, 65 Haugh Road on Saturday 18th November from 10-2pm, offering: ‘bike curious’- try various family cycling options such as child trailers, seats, tag-alongs, tandems and cargo bikes, Play on Pedals cycling sessions for under-five’s, bike bling, Dr Bike and more!
The aim of theses events is to showcase the great work the charity does, while celebrating those who have been part of the journey to date.
In addition to the sale of reconditioned bikes, the charity also delivers a programme of community projects which last year earned them the title of Evening Times’ Community Champion in the category of Health and Well Being.
Projects such as their Wheel Being service provide those with long-term health conditions the chance to improve their physical and mental health through cycling by offering one-to-one cycle training, gently group bike rides, access to discounted nextbike membership and social events.
Wheel Being has worked with over 200 Glaswegians, increasing their weekly activity levels by over 80 per cent!
To find out more about the above and the re-brand, please contact head of Projects, Victoria Leiper by calling 0141 248 5409 or email: Victoria@bikeforgood.org.uk.
Notes to the editor:
10th November – from 2pm to 6pm – local community members enjoying a host of cycling-themed fun at Bike for Good Community Hub, 509 Victoria Road.
16th November – from 5pm to 7pm – Partners, stakeholders and users of Bike for Good’s various community projects will celebrate in style at a Champagne Reception at 65 Haugh Road.
18th November – from 10am to 2pm – families get cycling at the Bike for Good family fun-day at 65 Haugh Road. With a range of child-friendly cycle solutions to try out, as well as Play on Pedal sessions for under-fives.
About Bike for Good
Bike for Good is a community focused charity and social enterprise. Our target audience are those new to cycling who live in and around the Glasgow area. We work with a number of partners to reach those who require support and encouragement to cycle and our vision is for a city where everyone befits from riding a bike. Our beneficiaries are at the forefront of our decision making process – all our projects and services are designed by and for our users. We also sell reconditioned bicycles, provide cycle training, teach bike maintenance skills and offer a package of bespoke business services.
Registered as Glasgow Bike Shed Ltd, a charitable company limited by guarantee. Registered in Edinburgh under number 376469. Scottish charity number SC042707.
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