Updated appeal for adult bikes to refurbish

With the Covid-19 crisis ongoing, the West Lothian Bike Library is seeing a high level of demand for bikes from key workers who are struggling to get to and from work with reduced public transport levels.

We’d like to thank everyone who responded to our appeal for donations of adult-sized bikes in April. We’ve been able to refurbish a range of bikes, and help many key workers as a result. From the carer who had to walk 20 miles a day to visit clients, to the nurse who was having to leave home 3 hours early to get to their shift by public transport – the loan of bikes from the West Lothian Bike Library is helping people every day.

We still need more bikes as we now have a waiting list. We’re particularly in need of bikes for women. If you have a bike you no longer need, please consider donating it to the West Lothian Bike Library. We will refurbish it and then make it available for free as a loan to key workers during the current Covid-19 crisis.

You can donate your bike by getting in touch with us via our contact page and arranging a time to drop off the bike at our base in Livingston – or we might be able to pick up your bike subject to availability of transport. Please get in touch.

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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.