About the Windrush Bike Project

A community bike workshop in Witney

Corn Street

Since August 2018 we have leased a workshop unit off Corn Street.  Corn Street is the heart of the organisation, hosting the community workshops and providing an organisational base for our other activities:

  • Bikeability cycle training delivered by a team of instructors in schools across West Oxfordshire and Cherwell District
  • Wheels for All delivered weekly at Woodgreen Secondary School
  • Rusty Riders fortnightly social rides
  • Campaigning for better infrastructure for active travel.

The Cogges Years

In 2017 we began in a field at Cogges Farm with a gazebo and a horsebox.  Every Tuesday and Saturday, we set up an outdoor workshop and fixed up old bikes, helped people learn bike mechanics and sold second-hand bikes.  It was small scale and often wet (wellies being essential workshop uniform), but we proved that there was demand for a community bike space in Witney – so we began the hunt for a permanent home.

Our Genesis

Brigitte and Kevin,  volunteers at Witney Wheels for All, had long been a campaigning for better infrastructure for cycling. They met Kath in 2015 and Brigitte and Kath started delivering cycle training to local clubs and individuals.  Helped with funding secured through Carterton Community College, they started to deliver Bikeability cycle training in local schools. In 2016, with some start-up funding secured from the Phillimore Charitable Trust, the Windrush Bike Project came into being.

Thank you to all the funders who have helped us over the years:

Carterton Community College, Oxfordshire County Council, Active Oxfordshire, Phillimore Charitable Trust, Cottsway Housing Association, Green Square Housing Association, Awards for All, Sport England Together Fund, Tesco Bags of Life, Open Schools Facilities Grants, Oxfordshire Community Foundation, Jim Cousins Trust, Witney Town Council, West Oxfordshire District Council and all the generous individuals who have donated bikes, funds and time.