The Bike Experience is a registered charity (registration number 1145547). It was set up as a trust in April 2011 and gained official charity status on 19th January 2012.
The charity does not charge any of the participants to attend the day’s training, the reasoning is that many disabled people are living without disposable income and would therefore not be able to take part if a fee were imposed.
This decision has meant that everyone has access to this life-changing opportunity.
Our three core values are:
Freedom – Giving back the feelings of independence through riding a motorcycle, thereby empowering individuals with the right of choice and equality, so that they can experience the passion and emotions that riding brings.
Achievement – Showing people that you can achieve great things when you believe you can, that you have a huge resource of power, courage and bravery inside you, to make the impossible into the possible and improve self-confidence.
Evolution – Bringing together able-bodied and disabled people so that the established boundaries are broken down and myths of disability are deconstructed on both sides, allowing everyone to ride together, side by side.
The Bike Experience venues
For the first two seasons, The Bike Experience operated at two venues: Castle Combe Circuit (Chippenham, Wiltshire) and RAF Odiham (Basingstoke, Hampshire).
For the 2013/2014 season, The Bike Experience is running its main teaching events at Silverstone Circuit, using the Old Copse Runway arena.
Whilst the charity operates within the surrounds of a race circuit, there is always a reminder to the clients that the experience is not a race day but merely the use of a closed road, which allows for maximum safety.
The inner circuit area at the beginning of the day allows for the slow speed section of the day whilst the outer circuit or airfield allows the riders to enjoy riding again at a controlled pace.
The charity is always looking for new venues to operate from, so as to reach more riders.
How the charity is funded
As mentioned, we do not charge anyone for attending the first two events. On principle, the founders believe that finance should not be the reason that someone can’t get back on a bike.
The Bike Experience needs to generate interest in the charity to keep it running.
We don’t have a major sponsor funding the entire charity, but we do have small contributions coming in which allow us to continue to provide this valuable service to disabled adults.
We always welcome donations from individuals or companies no matter the size of the donation, as every little counts towards the continued running costs of this unique charity. We always welcome donations – it’s easy to donate through our Just Giving page.
Quotes from riders
The following are quotes from riders who came on a Bike Experience day:
“Just like to thank everyone from TBE who gave up their time today. One of the best days of my life! I’m going to be smiling for weeks.”
“My visit to The Bike Experience just gave me back something that was part of me, biking was the thing I miss most in my life since my diagnosis, I know now I can ride again.”
“Overwhelmed, best day of my life, didn’t want the day to end. Looking forward to having another go. Confident. Still smiling.”
“Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”