Cycling Scotland Case Study

Working to overcome inequalities

Bikeworks is a charity working to provide life skills and sustainable, affordable transport to people in Fife through refurbishing unwanted bikes, providing cycle repairs and delivering training and employment opportunities. Based in Glenrothes, a town where some communities fall within the 20% most deprived category in Scotland, the charity aims to overcome inequalities, transport poverty and barriers to cycling.

Multiple barriers to bikes

Bikeworks applied to and were funded by the Cycling Friendly Community development fund in 2018 to help them deliver bikes and equipment to vulnerable families in Fife. These families face multiple barriers to cycling: those supported by Fife Women’s Aid who have experienced domestic abuse often lose places to store their bikes once they’ve been relocated to a new home, and those working with Fife Gingerbread simply cannot afford bikes or cycling equipment.

How the funding has helped

Through £6,540 from the Cycling Friendly Community development fund, Bikeworks supplied 60 bikes, 69 helmets and 6 child seats giving access to bikes to even more vulnerable families referred to the charity’s Bike Life Fife project.

Rory Sillar, Volunteer Director at Bikeworks said that this has allowed more people to have a way of getting to work and school, as well as making it possible to join led rides for family groups. “We deliver the bikes and helmets to the families, and in many cases have seen the pleasure the bikes give, particularly to the children. In many cases once we adjust the seats the children ride off into the street or to the park.”

Customer Reviews

Bought my daughter a super bike. The gentleman was friendly and very kindly, gave us a couple of inner tubes. Highly recommend for anything to do with bikes. Great service. Many thanks.


Great place , re use and recycle!
Great variety of bikes styles and sizes. my son has been asking for a mini rocker bmx and there was loads to choose from , happy boy ! Thanks again


I would highly recommend Bikeworks. They were so helpful, knew everything there was to know about bikes. Found me the perfect one, like brand new, at a very low cost. Happy Cycling


Really helpful staff, sorted out a bike for my little eco warrior who wanted a bike for his 5th birthday and was excited to get a recycled one. Really appreciate them taking the time to fit stabilisers for him too.


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To Everyone at Bikeworks

Thank you for making it possible for me to ride with confidence.