*Latest updates 27 July 2020
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 open to general public (updated 27 July 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. All visitors must wear face coverings when inside the shop. If you don’t have one with you, we have masks available for £1.
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. We don’t make sales and reservations on Insta, but you can see what we have and then visit the shop if you see something suitable. There is very high demand for refurbished bikes, so we often don’t have a large selection in stock, but you’re welcome to visit the shop during opening hours. You may be lucky!
Community Programmes (updated 27 July)
Our maintenance courses, Womxn’s Night, Bike Kitchen & Social Cycle workshops are all suspended until further notice. We don’t know when we will be able to open these again. We’ll let you know when we do.
Our Earn-a-Bike programmes, including for young people, are running with restrictions. Attendees are not able to take part in the workshop to learn how to maintain their bike, but we will refurbish a bike ready for collection. Earn-a-Bike collections are on Thursdays, and Young Person’s Earn-a-Bike collections are on Fridays. If you are in need of a bike and meet our criteria, please come to the shop to book on to the waiting list or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, height and contact details and we will get back to you.
Our Fix-a-Bike and After School Bikes workshops are running with restrictions. Attendees are not able to come into the workshop to fix their bikes, but can arrange an appointment to drop off bikes for repair. All Fix-a-Bike appointments are on Wednesdays, and all After School Bikes appointments are on Fridays. If you have had a bike through one of our Earn-a-Bike programmes and need a repair, please come to the shop to book an appointment or email email@example.com with your name, details of the repair and contact details and we will get back to you.
Solidarity calls 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
Bike donations (updated 27 July)
We are now accepting all donations of cycles and parts! If you have any donations, please drop them during our opening hours (9am – 6pm Monday – Friday). There’s no need to contact us beforehand.