It’s coming into Spring, and we’d normally be coming into the busiest season of all for BBP.
This time last year, we were rehoming 7 bikes each week through our Earn-a-Bike programmes and supporting 50 more with free repairs at our drop-in DIY & DIT (Do it Together!) workshops. We were also selling 5 second-hand bikes a week in our shop and repairing 30 more, supporting people across Bristol get out on two wheels in an affordable way.
Spring of 2020 feels quite different. But while our workshop is ghostly quiet, we’re still finding ways to support our community. We’ve been busy getting our collective creativity together to work out what role BBP has to play in this strange time, and here’s what we’ve got to offer so far. This list may change as the situation develops, so we’ll aim to keep it up to date as regularly as possible. If you have other ideas for ways we can support you or others during this time, or have any questions, get in touch.
Peace, love, solidarity and a good dose of bicycle grease!!
The BBP team
Shop now open to general public (updated 1 June 2020)
Our shop is now open to the general public for servicing, repairs and bike sales. We are currently open Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm.
If you need a service or repair, please bring your bike during those hours. We’ll assess it, quote for the work, and book you in for the next available slot.
There’s no need to make an appointment for assessment, although we are only having one customer at a time in the shop, so you may need to wait outside for a short while. Please keep at least 2m away from others whilst doing so. We appreciate it if visitors wear face coverings.
To see bikes that we currently have for sale, follow us on Instagram @thebristolbikeproject. We post them as soon as they’re ready and try to update the post as soon as they’re sold. Turnover of stock is very fast as demand is high. Sometimes we may have few or even no bikes ready for sale, but we are building more every day.
Urgent repairs for Earn-a-Bikers
If you have received a bike through one of our Earn-a-Bike programmes and rely on your bike to get around, or for your physical or mental wellbeing, we want to hear from you. If your bike is broken and you’re unsure how to fix it yourself, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, leave your name and number, and we will call you back to arrange an appointment. If you know how to fix the problem yourself, but don’t have the right tools or parts, we may be able to send these to you. Again, email email@example.com, leave your name and number, and we will call you back to talk it through.
Social contact for our whole community
If you were attending one of our community programmes as a volunteer or to repair your bike, and you are missing that social contact, we want to hear from you. Many of us are struggling with the social isolation and missing our usual forms of contact like going along to the BBP workshops! We are setting up a network for the BBP community to stay connected online, through phone calls and video chats. So if you are missing the BBP community and would like to hear from someone on a regular basis, or if you could spare some time each week to be in contact with fellow BBP-ers, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
***At the moment we’re particularly in need of small- and medium-sized hybrid bikes!***
Please note we are only accepting a very limited number of bike donations to allow us to provide key workers and vulnerable members of our community with a bike. If you have a bike to donate, please email us on email@example.com with a description and preferably pictures of the bike. We will get back to you to let you know if we can accept it at this time. We’d like to express our huge gratitude to anyone who is thinking of donating to us, and our apologies that the situation requires us to be a lot more picky than usual!