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The Ape Project is a non-profit organisation working with children, young people and their families in Bristol. They identified a real need for families to swap unwanted children’s bikes and to better maintain the ones in use. So, they successfully applied for a Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) community grant to set up their Children’s Bike Exchange Scheme.


They already provided workshops promoting bikes and cycling, including crazy bikes, spin painting and a children’s pedal powered carousel, but being a small organisation, they weren’t in a position financially to set up a bike exchange scheme.   Trying to work with schools was difficult, as it was hard to find the right contact and they were often slow to respond.

Help and support

The Community Active Travel Officer gave them all the support and guidance they needed to successfully apply for the grant and obtain the funding.  They also linked up with LSTF  schools officers who helped them get in touch with the right people to set up bike exchanges in schools. 

Setting up the scheme

The LSTF community grant made it possible to secure suitable premises, tools and work-stands. They recruited a manager and two apprentices and implemented a training programme. There’s been a lot of interest in the scheme and a number of successful bike exchanges have been set up in schools.

“We found the process really easy!

It was very simple and we were well supported.”

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