Green Commute Initiative’s NHS Bike Project was launched three weeks ago to bring bikes to NHS staff.
GCI asked its local community to donate unwanted but roadworthy bikes and – with the assistance of the Baydon Flyers cycling group, refurbished and serviced the bikes to then donate the bikes to any NHS staff member who needed a bike. With no hire or loan agreements, the bikes are free of charge gifts.
Fifty pre-loved and refurbished bicycles will be gifted to NHS staff members – frontline and behind the scenes – as a result of the scheme.
The bikes will be donated to the following NHS hospitals:
Bristol Royal Infirmary
Great Ormand Street Hospital
Great Western Hospital, Swindon
King’s College Hospital, London
Royal Brompton Hospital, Chelsea
Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton
St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey
“I am delighted that we have been able to help those that work in our brilliant NHS,” said Rob Howes, GCI’s director. “As a social enterprise, giving back to society is in our DNA, and the NHS Bike Project aimed to help those currently most in need of help with their commutes to work. Hopefully, the gift of a free bike will make their lives that little bit more bearable during these desperate times. Never before has the role of the humble bicycle been so important as to how we move around as a society.”
Read more about the initiative here.
Pictured: Dr J, a Head and Neck Clinical Fellow in Maxillofacial Surgery at University Hospitals Bristol, who took delivery of her free bike last week.