The Bristol Bike Project

Womxn’s Night

Womxn's Night takes place at our new home in Easton every Monday evening. Come and join us!

“Had the best time @bristolbikeproj tonight – got to do it myself surrounded + supported by some v. cool womxn and it was super affordable and supports great projects”

Here’s how it works…

Bring your bike to fix or for a simple check over at this weekly workshop where womxn share knowledge and skills in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. No experience necessary!

The workshop is coordinated by an experienced mechanic, but please be aware that this is a skill-sharing session, and our volunteers are not necessarily experts. Volunteers will be on hand to help you mend your bike, teaching you how to check your bike over, which tools to use and how to fix problems. We have a selection of bike maintenance books and resources, as well as internet tutorials, which you are welcome to use and we can guide you through what to search for or refer to. We also have wide range of new and used parts available to buy.

Before you join us, there’s a few things we need you to know…

  • The workshops run every Monday evening. We ask that you arrive promptly at 6pm and you will have up to two hours to repair your bike.
  • Entry to the workshop costs £5 for up to 1 hour/£8 for 2 hours/£10 for 3 hours.
  • This is a DIY and DIT (do it together!) workshop, which means you are expected to work on your own bike, but the coordinator and volunteers are there to help and guide you.
  • We are asking everyone to keep 2m apart as much as possible. On occasion, the coordinator and volunteers may need to come closer than 2m to help with your repair.
  • Everyone attending the workshop is recommended to wear a face covering unless medical circumstances means you can’t (please inform us of this).
  • Finally, if you are displaying any coronavirus symptoms or have been asked to isolate, please don’t come to the workshop! 

Womxn’s night is a friendly and inclusive evening, however we understand new environments and new groups of people can feel intimidating. If you are coming along for the first time and feel nervous, get in touch and we would be happy to meet up before hand to help you get settled in, make some hot drinks and have a chat 🙂

By coming to this workshop, you are agreeing to our Terms & Conditions.

Find out why we think a Womxn’s Space is important.

When

Mondays

6-9pm

These sessions are drop-in, no need to pre-book!

We are limiting the number of people in the community workshop to a maximum of 8 including volunteers. This means we’ll be operating on a first come, first served basis and you may need to wait outside or come back another week if we’re at capacity. Please be understanding!

We recommend that everyone who isn’t medically exempt brings and wears a face mask during the session for the health and reassurance of everyone attending.

Cost
  • Up to 1 hour: £5
  • Up to 2 hours: £8
  • Up to 3 hours: £10

No one is turned away due to lack of funds.

Tea and coffee are available for a donation.

“Monday night is women-only and I love it. I guess it’s the atmosphere and the community. I have become really good friends with these girls and – I know it sounds cheesy, but – it’s completely changed my outlook on Bristol.” Joey

Why the ‘x’?

We use an ‘x’ in “womxn” to underscore inclusivity

Given the current social climate where some are being emboldened to overtly discriminate and publicly verbalise bigoted opinions, Womxn’s Night wants to make it absolutely clear that we explicitly include women of colour, trans women, femme/feminine-identifying genderqueer and non-binary folks and any other women who may feel discriminated against in some areas of feminism.

Is it our understanding that the x in womxn recognises that sadly not all women’s groups are inclusive. Although it is only a letter we hope it shows that we seek to be as inclusive as possible in keeping with our need to offer a space free from the influences of sexism and other forms of discrimination or exclusion. As a group we proudly stand up against racism, sexism and any discrimination based on sexual orientation or identity.

So how do you pronounce it?

Nita Harker a co-organizer of the Seattle Womxn’s march sums it up quite nicely:

“I actually think the challenge—particularly that it is hard to pronounce in your mind as you read it, that it forces one to stop and think, that it is not just easy and nice and recognizable—is part of the point  – To me, it represents the complexity of gender. And when you confront the word “womxn,” you have to confront that complexity”

Pronounce it the way you like there is no one way!