Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How does Bikes4Refugees work?
The owner of a bicycle that works fills in a form with information about the bike (size, type etc.) and the owner’s contact details.
The refugee who needs a bike fills in a form asking about their wishes concerning the bike and information about the user of the bike.
The volunteer bike broker connects the donated bikes and recipients. The volunteer keeps contact with the donor and the recipient and takes care of delivering the bike to the recipient. The volunteers also check that the safety and condition of the bikes as well as perform minor maintenance on the bikes, if necessary.
The recipient of the bike is also provided with support materials providing them with more information about Finnish traffic rules, traffic culture and required equipment for bikes.
Are there collection points where you can take bicycles to donate?
No, as a rule, the bicycles will stay in the donor’s home until a recipient is found.
The Finnish Cyclists’ Federation might later organise donation events. They will be announced separately.
Is there a communication channel for the volunteers?
Yes, volunteers are recommended to sign up for the Bikes4Refugees Facebook group.
In this group, volunteers can stay in contact with one another and the organisers of the campaign.
Who is organising the initiative?
In March 2022, Pyöräliitto (Finnish Cyclists’ Federation) began to consider ways to assist Ukrainians fleeing the war to Finland. At the same time, we heard that there was also a similar response in Denmark. We shaped the Bikes4Refugees initiative based on the Danish Cyclists’ Federation’ Giv En Cykel project and developed it slightly based on the Danes’ experiences.
The www.bikes4refugees.fi is maintained and the initiative is run by the Finnish Cyclists’ Federation and volunteers of the campaign. .
The Finnish Cyclists’ Federation funds the coordination work using donations from companies and private individuals. You can sponsor the campaign with donations at https://pyoraliitto.fi/lahjoita
If you have any questions not answered in the FAQ, please send them to email@example.com
If your company is interested in sponsoring this important initiative, please contact Matti Koistinen (firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. +358 (0)44 2795588).