Bike Punks started life as a project to teach young people how to repair and maintain their bikes as part of our Scottish Government Climate Challenge Fund project to reduce carbon.
Through CCF funding we employed a mechanic and equipped our Innerleithen Youth Club workshop with tools and stands that saw us taking in unwanted and broken bikes to fix and then give away into the local community.
For the last couple of years the workshop has focused its attention on metal work and art to use the considerable legacy of broken bike parts and with new investment from LEADER and SEStran, the Bike Punks team are creating sculpture signs for cycle routes.
Further investment in our workshop has enabled us to create three welding stations and the workshop is open 3 days a week, supporting young people on reduced school timetables and giving a sense of purpose to 16+’s who are not in education, work or training.
Please get in touch if you’d like more information or want to get involved.
Bike Punks runs an open access metal work session between 6 and 8pm on Tuesday evenings in Innerleithen.
We also welcome young people between the ages of 16-24 during the day from 9-4 Monday to Wednesday.