We love Demand Energy Equality. They really do rock. So we were pleased to hear that they’re now offering regular DIY Solar and Off-grid training workshops to the general public. All revenues from the workshops are reinvested into the community objectives of DEE, and used to build their capacity for the future. They are running both Build Your Own Solar Panel workshops, and off-grid system workshops where you can learn how to connect panels to off-grid systems of batteries, mobile phone chargers, lights and laptops. So why buy socks and chocolate for your family and friends this Christmas, when instead you could buy them a workshop with DEE?! www.demandenergyequality.org
A handful of us from the project had a cracking ride with Rob Penn, Bella Bathurst and Boneshaker Magazine last weekend. Starting at Rob’s place in Abergavenny, then up up and up the Gospel Pass for some seriously stunning views out towards the ‘Welsh Desert’. Then a HUGE descent and a gentle, undulating pedal back to Rob’s for a homecooked stew, yum! Whattaday
Life Cycle has been encouraging people to cycle for over 15 years, and one of the major reasons that many people cite for not being able to cycle is the lack of secure storage for a bike. The problem is particularly bad in rented accommodation as many landlords do not welcome bikes in their properties, and do not provide alternatives. Lifecycle have put together a series of comprehensive downloadable PDF guides to help tenants, landlords and anyone else wanting to install secure cycle parking at home. Well worth a look! Point your peepers here.
Great little short about a non-profit bike co-op in Jackson, USA.
This June I left Bristol. Sadly, this meant leaving the Bristol Bike Project behind. I was planning a cycle trip which took in the Pyrenees and Alps so thought I would leave my Bristol mark as I went. Next time you’re on top of any of the following mountains keep your eyes peeled:
Col du Pourtalet, Spanish/French border:
Col d’Aubisque, France (this one found a home next to a Look Mum No Hands sticker!):
Mont Ventoux, France:
The trip gave me plenty of chance for reflection, and I realised that I hadn’t only left the Project with a handful of stickers. First, and most obviously, my new-found mechanical skills came in handy en route as my rear derailleur was in an obstructive mood for most of the trip and also when a chain link snapped halfway up Ventoux. Secondly, I left the Project with an open mind about the world around me, particularly with regard to people I met on the road; meeting and working with such a range of people at the Project really opened me up to new experiences on my travels. Anyhow, here are some more pictures of stickers on signs:
Col d’Aravis, France (LMNHs turn up again):
Alpe d’Huez, France:
Col de la Forclaz, Switzerland:
Apart from just being fun to leave a mark when you’ve struggled to the top of one of these climbs, I thought it might be nice if Bristolians cycling the same route found some unexpected familiarity. My other hope is that it might spark a curious voyager to find out more about BBP and maybe even come down to visit, volunteer or donate.
I love the 8freight cargo bike SO much! I’ve been helping set up a new Letterpress Workshop in Bristol and had to haul a whole bunch of building materials across the city last week and so used the one at the project, which is available to hire. More info about these wonderful wheelers here! - Jimmy eLL
Great to see the bristol bike project featured on the Worldwide Cycling Atlas website this month. There are loads of great initiatives featured. Well worth a L O O K.
Full information on the march, happening this Saturday 29th June, can be found here See you there!
Bring your beautiful little bikes down the the Bike Project for our monthly family days. It’s a chance for children and parents, no matter how old or young, to use the tools and get the support they need to fix their own bikes, and it’s free! (Donations welcome!)
Set up by a volunteer group of local parents, event organiser Imogen Pettitt had this to say:
“I picked up second-hand bikes for myself and my son but I didn’t have the tools to fix them at home. I realised that this is the same for most parents, so we’re hosting these monthly sessions! ”
Alex, a Bike Mechanic, and his son will be on hand to help with any tricky bits. He told me that it’s a great way to learn about physics and engineering.
“My son loves learning about bike mechanics, it’s a lovely idea and I’m looking forward to helping all the parents and children on the 12th” Alex Wilson, Bike Mechanic
It’s not just for budding mechanics though, we always have a few extra activities from decorating your bike and other cycle-based crafts, to wheel dome building, spin painting and pedal powered smoothies plus opportunities to talk to parents about child seats and other kid carrying systems.
“I’m going to cycle more with my daughter on my bike so I want to see what’s out there!” Emily Stewart, local parent
Emily’s husband, Iain, will be helping with the Bike Swap on the day. “ We’ve been lucky” he said “Someone gave us their child’s old bike, it’s in perfect nick. It’s a crying shame so many kids bike’s are scrapped when they could be swapped, often they’ve hardly been used!”
We’re really looking forward to opening the workshop to more people, see you on the 14th!