*Latest updates 4 November 2020
We’ve been using our collective creativity to work out what role BBP has to play in supporting our community during this strange time. This blog post is your one stop shop for information on how we’re operating during Covid-19. The 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 to remain open to general public during lockdown (updated 4 November 2020)
Our shop will be 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.
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 4 November 2020)
Our maintenance courses, 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.
Womxn’s Night is now closed again for the lockdown. If you were booked for an upcoming workshop you should have received communication from us. If not, please get in touch. We don’t know when we will be able to re-open Womxn’s Night. 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, details of the repair and contact details and we will get back to you.
Bike donations (updated 30 October)
We are no longer accepting donations of cycles and parts! We’re practically swimming in amazing bicycles thanks to all your donations and we have more than we can keep up with, so we’re putting a pause on donations for now. We’ll review the situation at the end of November!
Solidarity calls for our whole community (updated 27 July)
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 email@example.com