Bikes for Refugees Joins Pedal for Scotland
10th August 2018
Bikes for Refugees joins this years Pedal for Scotland challenge. Find out more about the work they do.
Bikes for Refugees (Scotland) is a volunteer led charity which works to refurbish and distribute donated bikes to refugees and asylum seekers across Scotland. Over 400 bikes have been given free of charge to refugees and asylum seekers in the last two and a half years since our first bike was given to a young Syrian refugee who was making his new home in Edinburgh.
Bikes help to promote the integration and social inclusion of people coming to Scotland seeking shelter and safety from war and persecution. People use bikes not only to link with local communities and essential services, but to additionally access language lessons volunteering, education and work opportunities.
Cycling helps to improve people's physical and mental health, which is particularly beneficial for refugees who have experienced so much hardship and trauma. Bikes also bring people together, reducing isolation and helping people to make new friends.
This year, for the first time, the charity is very excited to be riding Glasgow to Edinburgh at the annual Pedal for Scotland event 9 September. Team BfR will be made up of refugees, volunteers and new supporters flying the flag for cycling and refugees.
If you see us on the road don't forget to give us a wave and lend your support.