Charities work in tandem to resurrect Exeter bike workshop for vulnerable adults

A charity in Exeter that supports vulnerable adults through refurbishing bicycles has been given a second chance after folding last year because of a lack of funding.

Bike Bank is to return thanks to Ride On – Cycling for All, and Exeter Community Initiatives (ECI), who will work in tandem to run the workshop where vulnerable adults can learn practical skills by refurbishing bikes.

The ECI Bike Bank will be run from Ride On’s base on Exeter Quay, offering hands-on training, teaching adults to fix bicycles, while boosting confidence.

Exeter Community Initiatives helps people facing poverty, inequality and homelessness get their lives back on track.


The Bike Bank workshop is where vulnerable adults can learn practical skills by refurbishing bikes.

Carole Pilley, ECI development manager said: “Bike Bank is a highly valued project and it was a hard decision to close it last September while we looked for further funding.

“We are extremely excited that we are once again in the position to re-start Bike Bank, and in partnership with a fantastic charity in Ride On.

“We work with a variety of people who need the opportunity to do something constructive with their time.”

She added: “The heart of the project is about sharing practical skills. It doesn’t matter what level of education you have or what has gone on in your life – it is about working on a bike, so it is a great leveller.

“Ride On are totally passionate about bikes and cycling and have great facilities.

“We are sure our trainee mechanics will gain a huge amount from working with them.”

Will Page, at Ride On, said: “Working on this project in partnership with ECI, we’ll be able to boost people’s confidence by teaching them how to fix bikes as part of our Ride On community.

“This will aid their independence, save them money, and help them achieve their personal goals.

“We look forward to developing Bike Bank with ECI and are determined that it goes from strength to strength.”

To find out more about the ECI/Ride On workshop, call Jane Hawking on 07547 958156 or see the  ECI website here  or the Ride On website here where you can also find out ways to help the cause through donations and bikes.

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