Bristol Bike Project

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Bristol Bike Project

Learning to build up a bike from scratch.

Founded in 2008 and located in the UK’s South West, the Bristol Bike Project resides in an old, five-story office block. Inside, a mood of bike-enthusiasm pervades the air; this is a place where old steeds are saved from the landfill and put to good use.

The project runs a range of workshops to cater for all kinds of current and potential cyclists, including youth programmes and a women’s night, as well as bike maintenance courses open to the general public. A weekly Bike Kitchen is geared towards those who are comfortable with repairing their own bicycles, but need access to specialist tools to do so. As such, the Bristol Bike Project aims to promote bikes for their sense of freedom, independence and mobility, ensuring the local community has access to a form of transport that’s both sustainable and affordable – and is empowered with the knowledge of how to maintain it.

The Bristol Bike Project works with over 50 organisations in the city, such as the Bristol Refugee Rights and Bristol Drugs Project. It’s towards these that their Earn-a-Bike workshops are geared, in which individuals work with mechanics to overhaul and refurbish donated bikes – 800 of which have been earned so far. Weekly Fix-a-Bike sessions provide the opportunity to keep bikes running smoothly and learn more in-depth maintenance skills, as well as the chance to socialise within the community. Other projects cater to the area’s youth groups – the After School scheme is free, and geared towards 8-18 year olds. Given the art of wrenching is so often gendered and segregated, the Women’s Night offers a space where women feel comfortable to express themselves – and work on bikes.