The sun is shining, the leaves are turning, and we’re gearing up to celebrate 10 years of The Bristol Bike Project!
We’ve come such a long way since the early days, when we were spannering from an old horse stable on the outskirts of Bristol and a back garden in Montpelier. The mound of donated bikes grew as quickly as the number of people knocking on our doors and before we knew it we were settling into the vibrant workshop in Hamilton House which we still call home today.
The Project started with the aim of offering an affordable and sustainable mode of transport to refugees and asylum-seekers. But from our roots this project has always been about more than just giving away bicycles. We promote sustainability and empower our community by providing an inclusive and supportive space for people from all walks of life. Since we started we’ve re-homed nearly 2,000 bicycles with people who couldn’t otherwise afford one, and welcome hundreds of people through our doors each month whether it’s to volunteer, learn mechanics, or just come and have a cuppa!
We’re also proud to be a co-op led by over 170 members, putting our community at the heart of decision-making and helping our city grow by working with other like-minded organisations such as Bristol Refugee Rights, Unseen, Bristol Drugs Project, and The Big Issue.
Looking back at the past 10 years, we’re immensely proud of everything we’ve achieved and we think all this deserves a bit of celebration! So come hear our story and soak up the spirit of 10-year-old BBP at our week-long exhibition from 8 – 14 November, and be sure to join us for our 10th Birthday Bash on the opening night!