The Bike Station in Perth has managed to partially re-open thanks to a £2000 donation from a single contributor.
The charity, which is the biggest recycler of bikes in the UK, needed to raise around £5000 to re-open completely as well as keep afloat during the coronavirus lockdown.
But following a total of £3634 raised of that target, the High Street store opened its doors on Friday, April 3 for two days a week.
The organisation, which has been running for 20 years, has a charity arm that leads bike rides, offers ‘Dr Bike’ bike fix-it sessions across Perth City Centre, as well as offering free bikes out on loan.
The shop’s opening hours are Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4.30pm for bike sales and some repairs.
However, safety measures will be enforced, with two-metre social distancing while queuing outside the shop as only one customer is allowed in at a time.
A maximum of 10 minutes is allowed per customer in the shop and payments are with card only.
A statement on the website said: “Thank you for all your support in our recent crowdfunding campaign.
“We will be changing how we do things to make sure our team and our communities stay safe and so you can still cycle home an affordable, quality refurbished bike.
“If you’d like to buy a bike we’d like to make sure it is as safe and still an enjoyable an experience as possible.
“Firstly, if you are feeling under the weather, please stay at home.
“Please note that the door will be locked, so please knock.
“We will allow one customer in the shop at a time, and to help ensure everyone gets a look, we will let you stay for a maximum of 10 minutes.
“If you would like to browse longer, many of our bikes will be on social media.
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“For the time being there will be no test rides, however, the usual three-month warranty remains.
“To help us manage keeping things clean, please do not handle things unnecessarily in the shop.
“You can still book in a repair. Please phone us to book/arrange the repair service. It may take us a little longer than usual.
“We are still doing minor repairs on the spot Fridays and Saturdays, but please wait outside until it’s finished and the mechanic will let you know when to come in.
“We will clean your bike when it’s received and when it’s handed back.
“We currently aren’t accepting any donations.”
Bike Station CEO Sasha Taylor said: “We are thrilled and deeply thankful that people have been able to support us so generously in such uncertain times.
“All of our staff and volunteers are working very hard to find a way to continue providing our core services, but we cannot do it on energy and determination alone.”
“While the Scottish Government has recognised bike shops as essential services, now at the time when we are most needed, we are financially at our most vulnerable,” added Ms Taylor.
The Perth shop has a community space to rent out in conjunction with Perth Zero Waste and is supported by Transport Scotland, Paths for All and Beautiful Scotland.