Aims & Objectives
The Bristol Bike Project aims to fulfill the the following objectives:
- To provide a valuable and empowering service for underprivileged and marginalised groups of people within our community whose lives would greatly improve through the benefit of having accessible, affordable and sustainable transportation.
- To provide an inclusive, non-judgemental, vibrant and supportive workshop environment for volunteers and project-users alike, from all walks of life, that encourages and promotes skill-sharing and independence, where new skills are learned in a way that is empowering for all and friendships are made.
- To divert and redirect functional bicycles and their working parts from recycling and landfill. Through doing this, we help to lower the demand for raw materials, promote the ideas of reuse within our community and offer an alternative to simply buying new.
Community – We realise that the success of the project relies upon working with the whole community here in Bristol and we are committed to making this project open and inclusive to all.
Repairing – The project always promotes repair and re-use over recycling wherever possible, and since it started in 2009, has prevented thousands of bicycles from being sent for scrap metal by refurbishing them and putting them back on the road instead. Bikes beyond repair are always stripped for parts that can be re-used on other bikes and only then are the remaining parts tyres and frames sent to be recycled.
Relocating – primarily through our Earn-a-Bike scheme with marginalized and underprivileged groups within our community, but also through secondhand bike sales.
Our Approach to Funding
The core of the project is self-sustaining, made possible by our trading arm services. However, we occasionally seek funding in order to implement other programs and/or get them off the ground. A good example of this is our After School Bikes workshop which relies on external funding (complemented by volunteer time and free use of the space & tools) in order to take place.
We are happy to accept and seek out funding from a range of sources, be it from an individual (in the form of a donation), organisation or charitable foundation. However, it is important to us that our values extend across the breadth of what we do and what we stand for and as such, our fundraising always endeavours to be ethically consistent with our values. This is agreed upon by all members of The Bristol Bike Project.
We will never accept funding from any organisation, be it charitable or not, that:
- Promotes or supports violence, aggression or oppression towards others
- Destroys and divides local communities.
- Denies the human rights of others.
- Forces or coerces others to change their religious beliefs.
- Is not environmentally responsible.
When it comes to seeking out funding, we share the same outlook as Platform London. They have published some fantastic guidelines about seeking out ethical funding here.
“For millions of people access to reliable and affordable transport can mean the difference between being able to work and being locked into welfare dependency.”