Freedom of Movement
The Freedom of movement scheme was set up in order to enable and encourage more marginalised and underprivileged women to use a bike. We have created a space in which women can work on a bike and learn simple bike maintenance skills in a friendly, female only environment.
In the session, individuals work one-to-one for 2-3 hours with a mechanic who guides them through fixing problems on a partly re-furbished bicycle. The bike they have been working on can be taken home as theirs at the end; complete with a lock, set of lights and pannier rack.
By participating in the process of refurbishing a bicycle donated to the project we hope that individuals will be part of an empowering process, gaining new independence and a sense of ownership over their bicycle as well as learning new skills.
Participants are encouraged and welcomed to come back to fix their bike and continue to develop their skills in mechanics on any Monday night or on a Wednesday (where the session is for both men and women). There is no booking required to fix your bike after the initial session.
If the individual is not a confident cyclist, we currently recommend that you use the free cycle skills sessions provided by Lifecycle (lifecycleuk.org.uk), you will find a booking form online.
Who is it for?
The Freedom of movement project was set up to tackle the barriers women may feel in terms of cycling and bike maintenance, for this reason it is a female only scheme. If the individual would benefit equally from the session which runs every Thursday and is for both men and women, please refer to the ‘Earn-a Bike’ page on the website and follow the booking procedure.
If a female only session would be more suitable, it is available for women who are unemployed and are at least one of the following:
Asylum Seekers or Refugees
Persons with on-going debilitating health problems
Persons with learning difficulties
In sheltered housing
Undergoing a substance abuse recovery programme
The initial ‘Earn-a-bike’ session starts at 6.30 pm on a Monday at the Bristol Bike Project and lasts from 2-3 hours. It runs as part of the women’s night, a relaxed and friendly skill-sharing session.
Participants will be guided through a practical session in basic bike maintenance skills. It’s important for them to be informed that it is an interactive session, and they’ll need to be prepared to get involved!
Its useful for individuals to know that there is usually a very limited choice of bikes available, we deal with second-hand refurbished bikes so they’re often more practical than stylish.
It’s important that people can make their own way home safely, please make transport provisions where needed.
The session is currently free of charge.
How to book
Please email email@example.com with the following information:
Proficient cycling ability (yes/no):
Any other relevant details/needs:
The Bristol Bike Project will then book a session for you, subject to availability. You may have to wait for up to one month for a session.
If you would like to advertise this in your workplace, you can use the attached poster: