Children’s Bike Exchange Scheme

Ape Project Children's Bike Exchange Scheme

ape project bike exchange scheme

If you are an individual wishing to exchange/buy/donate a bike with us or to arrange a service for your bike please call Ciaran on 07588 289150 (Monday to Wednesday only) or email
If you are a school, organisation or event organiser wishing to arrange an exchange at your setting please call Guy on 07903 798333 or email

The Children’s Bike Exchange Scheme was set up in October 2013 with funding from Bristol City Council’s Active Neighbourhood Transport Grant and Travel West.  The basic aim of the scheme is to fix up and safety check unwanted children’s bikes which can then be swapped for free or at a very low cost (depending on condition) for outgrown or damaged kids bikes in the community. Families are also able to buy bikes from us if they do not have a bike to exchange. The team is made up of a manager and two apprentices aged between 16 and 25 years.  Volunteers of any age are also welcome to help with this scheme.  Our team will travel to schools, groups or events with our van full of kids bikes and will be able to carry out FREE OF CHARGE basic adjustments to any bikes that are bought along for a check up on the day. We can attend Bike Breakfasts, afterschool sessions or any kind of community event free of charge. Please note that a child can only exchange a bike once per year with us. We would also like to thank Bristol Bike Project for the kind donations and ongoing support with this scheme.

The project currently operates on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9.30am to 5.30pm with capacity to attend weekend events where necessary.

If you would like our Kids Bike Bike Exchange Scheme to visit your school, setting or event then please contact Guy or Rachel on or 07903798333

The “BIKE EXCHANGE” sessions at Hannah More have been fantastic! Over 30 children have swapped their bikes for bigger sizes and many more have had their bikes repaired. We’ve had queues of excited children (and parents!) waiting to get into school at 8.00am! We are always looking at ways to encourage families to leave their cars behind, and practical help to get people cycling again is a fantastic way of doing this. Guy and Rach and the other mechanics are great to work with and the feedback from our school community has been wonderful!

Ruth Cochrane, Community Development Coordinator, Hannah Moore Primary School

If you wish to exchange, buy or donate children’s bikes to us directly then please visit us at our workshop during the opening times above.  We may also be able to collect donated bikes directly from your door.

We are based at The White Factory, 18 Netham Road, St George, Bristol, BS59PF. Our unit is in the yard, through the large iron gate to the right of the building.

We also offer servicing and sales of adult bikes, the proceeds of which go towards our work with children and young people across Bristol.

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