Your bike project

Your bike project

Your bike project 2560 1707 Karishma Puri

Back in 2009, when Raqhib Islam was just 14 years old, fixing bikes with a local youth worker around the Regents Park Estate, learning important trade skills and “staying out of trouble” as he puts it.

Today, Raqhib, gives us a tour of Your Bike Project’s headquarters among the fruit and vegetables in Story Garden, Somers Town, on the same area where he started. The space, a rare lush oasis amidst the urban maze of inner London council estates, offers locals a respite from the aged concrete and new glass and steel. “Basically kids come here, they learn, they fix bikes, and they realise that, hey, this is a living for us.”

While the project was initially focused on young people, during the pandemic, Raqhib was inundated with requests for bikes. “I had to go above and beyond, we donated 100 bikes back to the community, and my phone was constantly blowing up. We just had to learn how to survive”.

The focus of the project, however, has always been on young people in the local community. “It was always a kind of social lubricant,” Raqhib tells us about the project, “it’s very casual, (you can) learn as much or as little as you want, come in, sit down, talk. It’s like a gateway into connecting with some of these kids”. From student to teacher, Raqhib has constantly been struggling to maintain the project over the past decade, both due to funding issues and encroaching urban development, which as Raqhib puts it is “destroying the community”. In the near future Raqhib is hoping to find a long-term home for the project he’s nurtured over the past decade.

“The focus of the project, however, has always been on young people in the local community.”

Raqhib Islam, founder of Your Bike Project

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