The Bike Project


Span Trust aims to relieve those in charitable need and support diverse charitable causes. With this in mind, we were pleased to support The Bike Project, whose mission has been to get refugees cycling. Every year 13,500 asylum seekers arrive in London and 27,500 bikes are abandoned. They collect and refurbish such bikes, helping one of the UK’s most vulnerable groups to access services, amenities and improve their social isolation through increased mobility. The Trust helped to create ergonomic work stations for bike refurbishment where mechanics are shadowed by apprentices/volunteers at their new premises in Lewisham. The double railway arch was an empty shell and is now a welcoming environment where refugees and members of the local community can work together to make a tangible difference to the lives of asylum seekers and refugees.