The idea for Peddle My Wheels came from a bedroom business I ran that involved selling children's second hand items. It soon became clear there was a high quantity of outgrown, no longer used, children's bikes that people did not know what to do with. I started collecting these bikes and refurbishing and selling them, providing a decent stock of low cost bikes for children and preventing these old bikes going to waste. Adult bikes were added and the second-hand bike markets were launched which now pop-up all over London.
We set out with two aims - run a socially, ethically and environmentally responsible business and to get as many people cycling as possible! To this end we started adding new cycle schemes working with local authorities, TfL and the Department of Transport. Our Try Before You Bike scheme began in 2017 in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The scheme supports people when they start cycling and allows them to buy a bike when they are ready. It is now running all over London and has helped hundreds of Londoners discover the joys of cycling. In 2021 we launched OurBike the UK's first cargo bike share scheme using smart technology.
Finally it is important to remember that the 'Us' in the 'About Us' is not only about our genuinely committed Peddle My Wheels team, it is also our generous and kind customers, forward thinking council officers, mechanics and cycle instructors, teachers, premises managers, market event managers, charities we partner with, businesses who have worked with us, climate campaigners, online supporters, business advisors and all the others we have come into contact with over the years.