Bike Back Bristol is an innovative bike recycling project run by Life Cycle UK at HMP Bristol. Click here to watch our Bike Back video.
How it works
We take donations of unwanted bikes and teach prisoners the skills to strip down, repair and rebuild them until they're running like new. Once fixed, the bikes are safety checked by our mechanics, then sold at affordable prices to help local people to get cycling. We offer additional discounts to people on low incomes to help them save on transport costs.
Bike Back offers prisoners the chance to gain a City & Guilds qualification in cycle mechanics, whilst giving back to the local community. The men gain employable skills and get to experience working inside a bike workshop. For many of the men, this will be the first qualification they have earned and a taste of rewarding, enjoyable work in a supportive, constructive environment.
"I’m really enjoying education, learning things here that I haven't on the outside. I was crap at school. I was expelled at 12. It’s boosted my confidence big time” – Max, prisoner
We also save bikes from landfill by getting hundreds of bikes back into use each year.
Buy a Bike
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our public bike sales have been suspended, however, we are now selling our bikes online via eBay.
Bikes for people on low incomes
To help you access a bike to travel to interviews, training and work, we have partnered with local authorities via the Wheels to Work scheme to offer discounts on our refurbished bikes.
Donate a Bike
We urgently need donations of unwanted bikes. Please "Gift Aid" these bike donations by filling in our short form before you take your bike to the drop off point. You can find more information about Gift Aid in our FAQs.
Volunteer at Bike Back
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not currently recruiting volunteers. Please follow us on social media to get the most up to date information of volunteering opportunities, or keep an eye on our volunteers' page.