An exciting New Forest cycling initiative has recently started with the aim of getting more people onto two wheels. The New Forest Bike Project is a community social enterprise started by Louis Bonney who has identified a need to help local people get out on bicycles safely and easily.
There are many people who would like to experience the joys of cycling in the New Forest, but cannot as they do not own or have access to a bicycle. This is where the New Forest Bike Project comes in. By taking unwanted / uneeded bicycles and then repairing / servicing them, the bikes are made available to people who would otherwise not be able to afford to buy one. This is about taking away the barriers that might otherwise prevent people trying out cycling for themselves. In the current climate of ever increasing car use and the associated issues that arise because of this, cycling is a viable alternative that works!
This is about taking away the barriers that might otherwise prevent people trying out cycling for themselves
The project also aims to give people the skills to maintain their bicycle in good condition. Understanding how to carry out essential bike maintenance is not only key to safety, but is hugely satisfying.
The New Forest Bike Project relies on donations to make it work. Perhaps you have a bike sitting at the back of the shed that’s not been out on the road for years, or maybe you have an old frame that you don’t know what to do with. Why not get in touch with Louis and put your old bike to good use – by letting someone else ride it! All types of bikes are accepted; mountain, hybrid, city, road & vintage (is that a Colnago Superissimo languishing at the back of the shed?!). Bike parts are also needed, along with clothing and lights. Lastly, as everyone who owns a bike will know, you can never have too many rags (old cloths, Global Hypercolour T-shirts etc) for cleaning, and if you have some spare, then the New Forest Bike Project would love to have them!
How you can help:
- Donations (bikes and / or parts) can be dropped off at The Old Nurseries Yard, Burnt House Lane, Bransgore, BH232 8AL, 8am-5pm Monday-Friday.
- Know someone who needs a bike, but can’t afford one? Point them to the New Forest Bike Project website.
- Support the project financially. Just go to to donate online.
- Make the project known – Tweet it, Facebook it, talk about it!
Please support this great project. The more people who have access to a bike, means that more people will have access to get out and enjoy the New Forest.