As a social enterprise, Bicycle Links tries to go beyond the usual bike shop activities. We want to include and involve members of the community – that’s residents and businesses in our street, local cyclists, interested Norfolk people, council officers who are promoting cycling, organisations working to reduce inequality and improve health and wellbeing.. it’s a long list.
Our core activity of running the shop keeps the doors open and the lights on. Beyond that, the possibilities are limitless.
Pedal Power is the name of a new project we are running in 2018-2019. With financial support from the Pushing Ahead team, we are supplying refurbished bikes to people referred by social services.
The beneficiaries receive a bike on loan as part of their personal Action Plan, and when they complete the plan the bike is theirs to keep. Bicycle Links is supplying the bike and maintaining it for the period of the loan.
Could you help us by donating a bike? Bikes of all sizes and types help us to keep running and delivering these fabulous projects.
Our ‘Welcome Wheels’ campaign raised over £11,000 in crowdfunding earlier in 2018. The funds will go towards providing secondhand bikes, locks, helmets, lights, bells and cycle training for refugees and asylum seekers in Norwich.
Our partners New Routes, English+, Norwich International Youth Project and NCC’s People from Abroad Team are referring individuals to us for the bikes.
If you work with someone who is eligible for Welcome Wheels and needs a bicycle please get in touch with one of the organisations above to request a referral.
Demand has been high and we are trying to eke out the funding so that we can provide as many bike ‘packages’ as possible. Further donations of suitable bikes (mountain or hybrid bikes in fair condition, particularly smaller sizes) are still welcome for this project.
Norfolk Cycle Loan Scheme
Bicycle Links is Norwich partner for the County Council’s Cycle Loan Scheme.
Under the scheme anyone in Norwich or Great Yarmouth can borrow a well-equipped hybrid bike for four weeks – completely free. The scheme is ideal for anyone who is thinking of using a bike on a regular basis, but doesn’t want to buy one until they have tried it out for a while.
We have good quality Ridgeback and Raleigh bicycles available in all sizes, and also provide a lock, lights and a helmet, with child seats and panniers optional if you need them.
All we ask in return is that you leave a refundable £10 deposit with us, and complete a questionnaire at the end of the loan.
NEW! Electric bikes
We’ve added electric Gazelle ‘Orange’ bikes to the Loan Scheme fleet. The e-bikes can be borrowed for ten days, and require a £50 deposit – otherwise the system is just the same as for non-electric bikes.
How do I join the scheme?
If you are interested in booking a Loan Scheme bike you will need to register first on Norfolk County Council’s website:
Can I buy a bike afterwards?
Yes! You can buy the Loan Scheme bike that you have been using (they are discounted according to how many times they have been borrowed), or one of our reconditioned secondhand bikes, or a brand new cycle – the choice is yours.