About us

Recyke y’Bike is a charity. We’ve been established since 2006 and generate the majority of income through sales of refurbished bikes and servicing bikes. Providing a low-cost and environmentally friendly transport solution for thousands of people in the North East is a key objective. It also raises the money to fund our other activities. You can check out our recent activities in our 2018-19 Annual Report here: 38118 Recyke y’bike Annual Report (1)

We send around 75 bikes a month to partners Key Enterprises who ship them to schools in The Gambia. The bikes are used to enable children living in remote areas to access education. The bikes needed for this are more robust, basic models, which make it easier for people to maintain and source the spares for them.

We give away hundreds of bikes a year in the North East. These go to schools, community groups, and individuals on very low incomes including refugees and asylum seekers. Asylum seekers get a very small amount to live on while their case is considered, yet in addition to feeding themselves with this, they also have other costs — typically they have to travel quite large local distances to register with local authorities, meet their case workers, etc. Some days it can mean making the choice between eating or buying the bus ticket to meet these appointments. A bike solves this, and we’re glad when we can help out like this.


We have a team of 40+ volunteers supporting us and being supported. Many of our volunteers are just looking to give something back, but some also have mental health issues, some are people seeking asylum, some have been unemployed for a long time, and some have learning difficulties. All are welcomed, trained, supported and provided with a place where their contributions are valued. Volunteers receive training in cycle maintenance and are supported to work as part of a team including communicating, negotiating, taking responsibility, and demonstrating self-motivation. All of these are key employability skills. The majority of our staff team started out as volunteers, and we’re proud of our record of former volunteers who now have paid jobs in other organisations as well.


We recycle bikes and save them from landfill. Of the 2,000 or so bikes that get donated every year to, around 1,700 get refurbished and go on to have a second (or third, or fourth) life. Some that can’t be saved do get scrapped – we separate out all the components and different metals so that nothing gets wasted.

Our Charitable Objectives are defined as:

  1. To develop the capacity and skills of the socially disadvantaged community of the north east of England in such a way that they are better able to identify, and help meet, their needs and to participate more fully in society
  2. To preserve and protect the health of the public by encouraging cycling
  3. To advance the education of all ages of the public in the safe use, re-use and maintenance of bicycles
  4. The protection and preservation of the environment for the public benefit by saving bicycles from landfill, the promotion of bicycle re-use and recycling

See more:

Find out more about our Trustees and Staff
Our most recent Annual report: 2018-19 Annual Report
Visit the Charity Commission website for our Annual Accounts
Read our full Memorandum of Association