Our History

Bike 4 Health was established in 2014 as a Community Interest Company. Since then, we’ve positively impacted over 4000 children in 27 schools throughout the North East through our cycling programmes.

In recent years, our work has spread out into the broader community via the schools to families and friends, corporate organisations and youth groups.

In 2018 we gained the support of The National Lottery through the BIG Lottery Fund. Their support enabled us to establish a functional base for our activities. We have developed and grown our capacity and have recently moved to new premises.

This new base at in Benton, North Tyneside, across the road from The Rising Sun Country Park marks the start of the next phase of growth for Bike4Health. Our new base massively upgrades our facilities at our workshop and enables us to deliver servicing and maintenance to more people and more bikes.

It will also allow us to develop our training offer to individuals and groups who are interested in bikes and bike maintenance alongside a more spacious and welcoming venue to support our cycling activities in schools across North Tyneside and beyond.

Our Mission

We’re on a mission to make bikes part of everyday life for more people, promote personal, physical and mental wellbeing and bring communities together through a range of cycling activities.

As a community interest company, our work helps us to part fund programmes and activities to enable more young people to experience cycling from an early age… #morekidsonbikes

We aim to drive cultural change to make everyone BIKE HAPPY!

Our Values

1. achievement
2. community
3. engagement
5. physical & mental

Who We Work With

What We Do

Ride  Support  Repair  Teach

Everything (and anything) Bike! We support and manage trips, guides, tours, and events. We service and fix. We build tracks and other educational spaces. We facilitate experiences. We make everyone BIKE HAPPY!


Our professionally qualified staff use their knowledge and experience to deliver a range of programmes suitable for individuals, groups, children, adults, schools, organisations and businesses.

We have ten qualified cycle guides/leaders in our team, but our core team is:

Dave Buchan


When he was twelve, Dave’s life was transformed by one farsighted teacher and a bike.

That bike ride to Rothbury was what Dave calls his “wow moment!” The beginning of the journey of the rest of his life. One which has taken him all across Europe in pursuit of muddy two-wheeled adventures. At one point he was managing 20,000 miles a year.

And when’s he not biking, he’s building – at first toys and dens, and now Cycle Tracks and Roundhouses.

Richard Wills


As a life long cyclist, from those first days exploring on a Raleigh Grifter to buying his first Scott mountain bike to qualifying as a British Cycling Mountain Bike Coach and Mountain Leader, Richard is undoubtedly keen on all things pedal powered!

After spending many years in business creating and promoting different products and services, Richard now enjoys working at Bike 4 Health to inspire and deliver a vision where cycling is easily accessible and fun, whether getting you too work or away from it and into the hills!

Is there any less cheesy…its really not me!


Head Mechanic

Our head mechanic Mario is a Cytech qualified bicycle mechanic with over 20 years of technical experience in the cycling industry. Mario established his own focussed high quality BikeServe brand 5 years ago and is now bringing his expertise and ideas to Bike4Health as our head mechanic. As a qualified cycle guide Mario also likes to ride bikes although his is always last to get serviced! He also has a passion for sailing, currently undertaking his Yacht Master training and randomely disappearing out to sea to build up his experience.

Get in Touch


Telephone the Workshop: 0191 250 9367

Email the Workshop: workshop@bike4health.org




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