Aims & Objectives
The Bristol Bike Project aims to fulfil the following objectives:
- To provide a valuable and empowering service for underprivileged and marginalised groups of people within our community whose lives would greatly improve through the benefit of having accessible, affordable and sustainable transportation.
- To provide an inclusive, non-judgemental, vibrant and supportive workshop environment for volunteers and project users alike.
- To encourage and promote skill sharing and independence, where new skills are learned in a way that is empowering for all.
- To divert and redirect functional bicycles and their working parts from recycling and landfill. Through doing this, we help to lower the demand for raw materials, promote the ideas of reuse within our community and offer an alternative to simply buying new.
Community – We realise that the success of the project relies upon working with the whole community here in Bristol and we are committed to making this project open and inclusive to all.
Repairing – The project always promotes repair and re-use over recycling wherever possible. Since it started in 2009, we’ve prevented thousands of bicycles from being consigned to the scrap merchants by refurbishing them and putting them back on the road instead. Bikes the are deemed beyond repair are stripped for parts, which in turn can be used to repair other bicycles.
Relocating – primarily through our Earn-a-Bike scheme with marginalised and underprivileged groups within our community, but also through secondhand bike sales.
Our Approach to Funding
The core of the project is self-sustaining, made possible by our trading arm services. However, we occasionally seek funding in order to implement other programs.
We are happy to accept funding from a range of benefactors – be it from an individual, organisation or charitable foundation. However, it is important to us that our values extend across the breadth of what we do and as such, our fundraising always endeavours to be ethically consistent with our values.
We will never accept funding from any organisation, be it charitable or not, that:
- Promotes or supports violence, aggression or oppression towards others
- Destroys and divides local communities.
- Denies the human rights of others.
- Forces or coerces others to change their religious beliefs.
- Is not environmentally responsible.