Circular Communities Scotland’s Affordable Access to Bikes Project was pleased to support and host an inspiring get together with bike project members in Stirling last week.

The event encouraged bike project members to exchange information, network, and discuss proactive strategies to address challenges and opportunities in the bike reuse sector in Scotland. As part of the event Recyke-a-bike hosted a comprehensive tour of their premises, talking everyone through their full range of impactful services and activities.

With changes to the political landscape and climate legislation, challenges around funding availability, and the cost of living and cost of running crises, creating safe and supportive spaces for our bike project members is key to ensuring the resilience of this innovative community.

Attendees engaged in forward-thinking discussions to set priorities and outline plans for collaboration and cross-project support in the year ahead.

With nearly 30 attendees and 17 organisations in attendance, the collective expertise and knowledge showcased during the event demonstrated the power of collaboration in advancing bike reuse efforts across Scotland.

The Affordable Access to Bikes project, a collaborative effort between Circular Communities Scotland and Cycling Scotland, strives to address barriers to bike reuse in Scotland and works to support our bike reuse members at every opportunity.

“It’s fantastic to see the Affordable Access to Bikes Project result in such meaningful collaboration and connection between bike reuse organisations. They are so enthusiastic and engaged, and such tremendous supports to their communities and causes. Get togethers like this only remind me of the fantastic work they do and what a privilege it is to support their work through my role.” – Chris Sanderson, National Bike Reuse Coordinator, Circular Communities Scotland.

A huge thank you to everyone who actively contributed to the Affordable Access to Bikes meeting, including Ella Brakefield from Recyke-a-bike, James Beattie from Angus Cycle Hub CIC, Eileen Hamill from Cycling UK, and Cycling Scotland for sharing some invaluable insights.

For more information on Circular Communities Scotland’s initiatives and how to get involved, explore our website or contact us directly.

Together, we can create a more sustainable and accessible future for bike reuse in Scotland.