We are a social mission with a business, and proud to be a social enterprise
Bikeworks delivers social and environmental impact and we’re always delighted to share our success and recognition to our networks. Here are some of our highlights…
Inclusive cycling centre launched in April 2023 - new chapter of our journey begins!
Provision of Bikeability training for SEND schools
One of our core aims is to create an inclusive environment for young people to come together and enjoy cycling for travel, leisure and wellbeing – that means ensuring the correct provision of training at school. An evaluation was overseen by Dr. Kay Inckle who gathered data from 135 easy-read surveys from students, parents and teachers across London schools.
Read her summary of findings here.
All Ability Clubs
The All Ability Inclusive Cycling clubs are at the core of Bikeworks vision.
The friendly atmosphere is what keeps people coming back again and again- in fact in 2021 people attended on average 4.5 times each, and in 2022 there were 14,000 visits to the clubs. During Covid-19 in 2021, All Ability Clubs were exempt from government restrictions on the grounds that they provide an essential service to people with disabilities.
Learn more about the club here.
Cycle Taxi - tackling loneliness
One aim of our Ride Side-by-Side (RSBS) Cycle Taxi was to change people’s attitude to and behaviour about cycling. An evaluation was overseen by Dr. Kay Inckle who gathered data from thirty-nine RSBS participants using semi-structured interviews and twenty seven demographic surveys. Six pilots completed mixed-methods surveys. Interview transcripts and qualitative survey data were coded and the codes were grouped and sorted to allow a thematic analysis of the data.
Our courier service started in response to the need for safe and quick deliveries and it has been growing ever since. Within one month of the pandemic, our riders had made 3,000 deliveries for hospitals, community groups, housing associations and schools. Since, then we have grown our pool of over professional riders to over 30, delivering a variety of essential items across London to vulnerable members of the community every day.
Over 1 year one later we made over 28,000 deliveries. Click to view our infographic.
Imperial College Project
Between April 2020 and November 2021 we proudly provided the cycle collection and delivery service for the Imperial College Covid-19 research study. This influential study provides findings and recommendations for longer-term control of infection and accelerated the development and evaluation of vaccines. The information gathered goes all the way up to Public Health England and Government. We are extremely proud to have been part of the pandemic response and we want to say a massive thank you to the 42 amazing riders who collectively cycled for 6,900 hours, which equates to 288 days and nights of uninterrupted cycling.
We are passionate advocates that delivery services don’t have to be petrol-powered! Cycling is often the fastest option when you’re battling traffic in London, and of course, is environmentally friendly.
Samuel Evetts, HPRU Manager from Imperial College London says “Thanks, Bikeworks, for your collaboration and all your team’s hard work. Together we’re making a positive difference in responding to this pandemic”
SE100 Winner Resilience 2021
During the pandemic Bikeworks repurposed itself to support our most vulnerable and isolated Londoners, from as early as week one. So impressive was this endeavour, it led to the team being awarded by Public Health England and Imperial College London cycle delivery contracts for their COVID research projects.
This work did not go unrecognised, with co-founder, Zoe, being recognised in a top 100 list of “women who showed covid who’s boss” and the whole team receiving the SE100 Resilience Award at the 2021 social enterprise awards.
Read the full article on Pioneers Post and listen to our co-founder Zoe being interviewed here.