The West Lothian Bike Library (WLBL) is a Community Interest Company set up in 2017, based at Crofthead Community Centre in Dedridge. WLBL builds on work initiated by West Lothian Council’s Health Improvement Team, in partnership with community groups, to tackle health inequalities through improved access to cycling (and walking).
The WLBL has a number of projects ongoing, with multiple funding streams including the Scottish Government’s Smarter Choices Smarter Places programme. Projects include the SEStran Go Ebike scheme, Inclusive Cycling sessions using the WLBL fleet of adapted bikes, led cycle rides including a regular Bathgate Women’s ride, and bespoke activities with schools, workplaces and members of the public including bike maintenance, bike refurbishment and bike sales at affordable prices. This work has enabled WLBL to donate recycled bikes to a number of individuals otherwise unable to afford cycling, which along with inclusive cycling remains their main focus.
The main objective of WLBL is to remove barriers to cycling and make cycling accessible to all, regardless of income or ability.
Pete is one of the people who have used the WLBL services. In 2015 Pete suffered a subarachnoid brain haemorrhage which left him paralysed on the left side of his body. Determined not to allow this to affect him too much he set himself a number of goals: to get walking, hill walking, running and cycling again. After speaking with the Health Improvement Team and volunteers who ran the WLBL, he was encouraged to attend sessions to understand options available for all ability and inclusive cycling. Through working with the team, he was able to explore his options, test out and hire trikes and allowed him to build his confidence to get back into cycling.
“in my opinion, the West Lothian Bike Library and West Lothian Health Improvement Team restored my belief and provided a platform for me to continue with my road to recovery. It has helped me to get out with my family and friends again, doing something I love.”
Read Pete’s full story here: www.wlbikelibrary.co.uk/inclusive-cycling-petes-story/#
If you would like to support WLBL continuing success, they are currently recruiting volunteers for various roles including, drivers, administration, social media, cycle ride leaders, bike mechanics, and general volunteers. Full role descriptions are available from Voluntary Sector Gateway. If you would like to find out more please contact WLBL firstname.lastname@example.org or 07724 667321