About us

Who are we?

West Lothian Bike Library is a not for profit, community interest company. We help people to get active and connected through cycling and associated activity. We aim to tackle inequalities in health by making cycling an activity for all, regardless of background, income or ability. 

Our projects and activities aim to improve health and increase independence, confidence, employability and skills. Where cost is a barrier to cycling, we donate and/or loan free of charge recycled bikes to those in need.

We offer low cost repairs and sales of recycled bikes meaning more people can own a bike and keep it on the road cheaply, whilst raising funds to enable us to donate services to those who need them.

We have a smoothie bike available to rent, can offer bike checks, cycle training, led rides, maintenance advice, security marking and much more, including advice on All Ability Cycling using adaptive bikes. Find out more about our services here. We accept donated bikes in all conditions and for all ages (including balance bikes). From time to time we have affordable cycling / outdoor clothing for sale (children and adult sizes), donated from the West Lothian Financial Inclusion Network.

If you would like to donate a bike or make use of any of our services, please contact us for further information.

To find out more about physical activity and health inequalities, head to this NHS Health Scotland webpage.

Where are we?

As an organisation, we are based in Livingston at the Crofthead Community Centre. You can find us at Crofthead on Thursdays and Fridays between 10am and 2pm, and other times by advance arrangement.

We work with local bike lending libraries across West Lothian including the Polbeth and West Calder Community Garden.  The West Lothian Bike Library continues the work originally developed by West Lothian Council’s Health Improvement Team, and continues to be proudly supported by West Lothian Council.

 

Our organisation

As a Community Interest Company, any profit we make is put back into our enterprise. We have a Board of Directors and a pool of volunteers. Our Board Members are David Liddell, John Matthews and Cameron McConnachie.

John is an experienced charity and association management professional.  He set up Scotland’s largest association management company which on his retirement became one of Scotland’s few employee owned companies.  He is enthusiastic about cycling and recently cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats. John is supporting the West Lothian Bike Library with his extensive experience in business planning and financial management.

David is a Velotech Gold Bike Mechanic, Inclusive Cycle Trainer, All Ability Cycle Ride Leader and founding member of the West Lothian Bike Library. He is passionate about active travel and removing barriers to cycling for everyone. As well as volunteering with numerous cycling organisations, he offers cycling expertise on a self employed basis. David particularly enjoys All Ability Cycling and helping people to get cycling for the first time.

Cameron served 3 years in the Australian Infantry and 18 years in the Royal Military Police. He is the current President of Bathgate Legion and the Chairman of Bathgate Branch, and has a keen interest in helping others within the community. He is the Poppy Convener for Bathgate, and hopes to contribute his skills and knowledge to the development of the West Lothian Bike Library. Cameron also works at Crofthead Community Centre where the Bike Library is based.