Social Entrepeneurs

IAmBikes

Encouraging more people to cycle through riding groups and safe cycling education.

Angela Fitzsimons founded IAmBikes, to encourage more people to cycle through riding groups and safe cycling education. They also provide work experience for students and local unemployed people.

Recycling is a key part of the business. IAmBikes promotes and encourages an active bike recycling programme, aiming to recycle as many bikes and spare bike parts as they can from donations, landfill and part-exchanges from the community. 

A former member of the Royal Navy and a mother of two, Angela grew up in Cumbernauld and was disheartened to see the lack of physical activity in her community. She wanted to bring people together through cycling in order to generate a sense of community pride. As a prime example of a modernist new town, Cumbernauld was designed specifically to separate cars and pedestrians, and Angela works to encourage the people of her town to enjoy the natural environment. 

Angela found the Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme to be invaluable, as it allowed her to meet other people at similar stages of business development and to learn from their experiences. With her grant, Angela bought a variety of equipment to allow her and her team to go out into the community and teach people how to fix their own bikes.

Angela said: ‘I've found the Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme to be invaluable, as it has given me the chance to meet other people at similar stages of business development and to learn from their experiences.

 

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