Our flagship community programme
Shifting Gears is a grassroots community led project that has been operating since April 2021 in Perth and Edinburgh. The aim of the programme is to to support and work with individuals who have been typically underrepresented or excluded from sustainable travel programmes.
How it works
Participants are referred to the Shifting Gears programme from any one of our partner organisations. From there, the programme has three distinct elements.
Bike referrals and distribution
All participants receive a free bike, lock, lights and helmet.
Cycling lessons, group rides and maintenance
We offer a variety of lessons and classes to build confidence and skills.
Employability opportunities and training
Training, work experience and paid employment at The Bike Station.
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Check out the video below which shows the journey of Kaden, one of our Shifting Gears participants.
"I always felt refreshed after a ride and that I’d achieved something instead of just sitting around on my bum."
How we got on with our 2021/22 programme
Bikes refurbished and distributed
with lights, lock and helmets.
Cycling lessons run
including 1-2-1, group lessons and group rides.
Staff member recruited
full-time to The Bike Station who came through the Shifting Gears programme.
Want a more in-depth look at the impacts of our programme? Check out our 2021/22 reports below.
We work with a number of partner organisations across Edinburgh and Perth to help us reach participants for the Shifting Gears programme.