Repairing bikes, rebuilding lives

Life Cycle UK
United Kingdom (Bristol)

Do you have an adult bicycle that’s gathering cobwebs in your garage, shed or attic? Life Cycle UK takes donations of broken bicycles otherwise destined for landfill to professionally equipped bike repair workshops inside local prisons. There, they teach prisoners the skills to fully refurbish them and get them back on the road. Prisoners get out of their cells, do something meaningful and qualify as City & Guilds accredited cycle mechanics. Fixed bikes are returned to the local community at affordable prices to help those on low-incomes reduce their transport costs. All income goes straight back into the project to help prisoners gain employable skills and a recognised qualification. Life Cycle UK currently runs the scheme in two locations, Bristol and Derby, and is also actively seeking partners to expand this work and set-up workshops in other prisons.

Submitted by

Oscar Marin

Written by

Life Cycle UK (24 August 2020)


An innovative charity that transforms lives through cycling, improving people's health, happiness and prospects.

Project leader

Ed Norton, CEO

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