Free bike hire for NHS and care workers

In these unprecedented times, we are receiving enquiries from key workers who are struggling with transport to and from work. Public transport services have been reducing in recent weeks in response to Covid-19 and not all workers have access to a car.

We are now offering free bike hire to NHS and care workers, for as long as needed. We have a selection of e-bikes and hybrids available, along with a limited supply of helmets and locks. All equipment is thoroughly cleaned before and after use and we have a social distancing protocol on site.

If you’d like to pick up a bike, please get in touch to discuss your needs and arrange a time for pick up. Please note we are open by appointment only at the moment. Get in touch via our contact form or email info@wlbikelibrary.co.uk or call mobile 07724667321.

And a big thank you to key workers everywhere.

Revised opening hours and free bike checks for key workers

During the Covid-19 crisis, we are continuing to support the community through our normal bike maintenance services and range of refurbished bikes for sale, for all ages. In addition, we are offering free bike checks for key workers (we are a few minutes bike ride from St John’s Hospital in Livingston), and accept donations for any parts if needed.

Please note though we are limiting our presence at our workshop to one member of staff at a time, and we are open strictly on appointment basis only – so call or email us first if you need us. Get in touch via our contact form or email info@wlbikelibrary.co.uk or call mobile 07724667321.

Stay safe everyone.

Things you’re never too old for….

#1 – riding a bike!

West Lothian Bike Library volunteers had a wonderful time with residents of the Woodland Nursing Home in Livingston this weekend. As part of their open afternoon, we took along two of our adaptive bikes.

After our first daring ladies took the plunge, we had a steady stream of takers for a wee jaunt on the Waverley & Bankton Mains Paths nearby (part of Livingston’s extensive off-road walking & cycling path network.)

Thank you to the staff, residents and their families for letting us take part in your special afternoon! Our adaptive bikes are available for hire and use by groups and individuals, and we also run regular inclusive cycling sessions. Get in touch for more details.

Bike lending for school communities

We were delighted to support St Nicholas RC Primary School in June through the loan of adaptive bikes. Check out this video of their adventures!

Some of our services are free to schools (e.g. loan of adaptive bikes) but for others we request a small donation to help cover our costs. As always, get in touch if your organisation would like to explore loaning any of our fleet of standard, electric or adaptive bikes.

Cycle Friendly Community Award – Gold!

The nationally recognised Cycling Scotland, Cycle Friendly Community Award recognises communities that have contributed to promoting cycling as a healthy, sustainable travel choice, and sets out a pathway for those committed to becoming Cycle Friendly.

West Lothian Bike Library were invited to apply for the award by their Cycling Scotland Development Officer, following a funding review in recognition of the work they have been doing to make cycling more accessible in West Lothian.

There are 3 levels of award, bronze, silver and gold, which focus on the following areas:

  • Plan of Action
  • Barriers, Needs & Opportunities
  • Funding
  • Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Community Engagement
  • Communication & Promotion
  • Partnership & Stakeholder Working

Gold level is awarded to those organisations who ‘having fulfilled the requirements for both Bronze and Silver CFCA levels, your community now has a long-term plan in place to develop cycling, influenced by the feedback gained from activities already delivered and through consultation with community members, stakeholders and partners. At this stage your group has given thought to the sustainability of the project. Evidence gathered to date has been used to demonstrate the value of the project, and there is clear and consistent engagement with the wider cycling community.’

WLBL are delighted to have been awarded Gold Level and thank all their volunteers for their commitment and support in achieving this!

2019 brings more inclusive cycling and donations of bikes to those in need, along with some exciting new partnerships e.g. e-bike hires at Linwater caravan park and bike provision to the West Lothian 50 Plus Network, maintenance training including an accredited course in partnership with West Lothian College, and supporting SEStran to broaden the reach of their employer e-bike loan scheme.