Usually the Brake the Cycle Scheme is a recycling project which takes old and unwanted bikes that are then repaired or serviced by offenders on Community Payback Orders. The bikes are then given away for free to community organisations, youth groups and schools.
At the moment supervisors from the team have been repairing then delivering bikes to people who can use them during the lockdown. So far the team have been able to help NHS and Council workers avoid using public transport to get to work, and donated bikes to vulnerable adults and children across the city, giving them a chance to go out exercise and help as well as improving their mental health.
If you have a bike you would like to donate please email the team (firstname.lastname@example.org) and someone will collect your old bike for free.
By donating your unwanted or broken bike, you can help to reduce waste (and maybe make some room in your garden shed!). You’ll also be helping others who could be in need during the lock down as well as promoting healthier lifestyles and environmentally-friendly travel in Edinburgh.