Repairing Bikes, Rebuilding Lives

The Bike Shop Behind Bars
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Life Cycle UK takes donations of broken bicycles otherwise destined for landfill to professionally equipped bike repair workshops inside prisons. Here, we 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. Life Cycle UK is actively seeking partners to expand this work and set-up workshops in other prisons.
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Life Cycle UK (01 December 2019)


An innovative charity that transforms lives through cycling. From tandem cycling for the blind or visually-impaired to bike recycling schemes that save bikes from landfill and build prisoners a brighter future, we use cycling to improve people's health, happiness and prospects.

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Life Cycle UK

Video: The Bike Shop Behind Bars

The workshop in action

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