domingo, marzo 24, 2013
The Bristol Bike Project
A Brief History
The Bristol Bike Project came into being in December of 2008 after project founders James Lucas and Colin Fan were inspired to set up a charitable bike project while cycling their way through Scandanavia (pictured above). James was volunteering with Bristol Refugee Rights and began to understand the importance and need for disadvantaged and marginalised people to be independently mobile in our city. With ridiculously over-priced bus fares and our even more ridiculous reliance on the oil industry to fuel our cars, bicycles make perfect sense for navigating and living in an urban environment.
Posters were put up asking for unwanted bikes and within a few days, they started coming in, filling up our bedrooms and garden spaces; we had no idea that unwanted/unused bicycles were such a huge resource! We quickly outgrew our simple workshop in an old horse stable on the outskirts of Bristol and our back garden (pictured below) and so moved into our current workshop space in Hamilton House in Stokes Croft in April 2009.
The project has evolved massively in the time since and at the start of 2011, we expanded our workshop space, registered ourselves as a Community Interest Company (see How we Roll for more information) and expanded the trading arm of the project in order to become a self-sustainable social enterprise.
We now work with an ever-growing cross-section of underprivileged and marginalised groups in Bristol, including those within the mental health sector, the homeless, recovering substance-abusers, and detached youth groups, and take referrals from over 50 organisations in and around Bristol. The project is also open to the general public, through volunteering, our weekly bike kitchen, women’s night and maintenance courses.
A huge thank you to everyone that has supported the project this far and continues to do so!
Join our wonderfully diverse group of volunteers, who donate their time to help out at the project.
We are Bristol's most comprehensive Community Bike Project, repairing and relocating unwanted bicycles. We aim to help people from all walks of life get out on two wheels and for it to be an inclusive and empowering experience. Read More...
One of a selection of short videos about The Bristol Bike Project from our film section.
Here's the latest image from our Workshop Webcam. Check our latest timelapse video here.
Become A Bike Project Supporter
We present to you the opportunity to become a Supporter of the Bristol Bike Project. “Wh...
We use donated bicycles for our Earn-a-Bike scheme and to raise much needed funds. Your unwanted bicycles keep us rolling!
We sell some great used bikes at affordable prices. Come down between 9.30-5.30pm to see our selection. Read More...
SERVICING & REPAIRS
Get your bike in top condition with our professional repair service from a qualified mechanic. Read More...
Get to grips with your bike and save yourself money! Comprehensive courses run on Saturdays. Read More...
We have a selection of good city bikes and a tandem available for hire at competitive rates. Read More...
Mechanic for hire! A great way to show your commitment to sustainable transport and healthy lifestyles. Read More...
Come and learn how to build your own wheels with us over the course of four Wednesday evenings! Read More...
Providing bicycles to marginalised groups within our community who need affordable and sustainable transport.
Drop in session for maintenance of bikes returning from our ‘Earn-a-Bike’ Scheme, keeping project users on the road.
Supporting people with mental health problems, learning difficulties and those in recovery. http://www.thebristolbikeproject.org/?page_id=40
Already know how to fix your bike? Come down and use our workshop, bike stands and tools.
YOUNG PEOPLE'S PROGRAMME
Engaging young people from all walks of life in cycle mechanics and maintenance.
A weekly session run by women for women, skill-sharing in a fun, friendly and informal atmosphere.
AFTER SCHOOL BIKES
A free, weekly drop-in session for young people aged between 8 to 18 years old to work on their own bikes. Read More...
SUPPORT OUR WORK
We gratefully accept donations to help us pay for rent, materials, locks and lights.