Saturday, 18 April 2009

New Workshop Space

We are pleased to say that we now have a new workshop space in the Hamilton House building in Stokes Croft as part of the Co-exist community right next to the wonderful Jake's Bikes. We originally started this project in our back garden and then moved to an old horse stable and now we are here! Thanks to Jamie & Oli at Co-exist for having faith in us and giving us this opportunity. Our new address is:

Hamilton House

80 Stokes Croft

Please see the map below for directions:

Our motivation for securing a workshop space right in the centre of the city means that we are now able to invite people needing a bicycle to come and see us at Hamilton House and for them to spend a few hours working alongside Colin and myself, helping to overhaul their own bike. In this way, we hope:

-to only be supplying bicycles to those who both really need them and who are really committed to the responsibility of owning a bike and the general maintenance and security issues that come with it.

-to be encouraging people to learn new skills which they can share amongst their peer groups.

-to be helping people help themselves. It is all very well handing out free bikes as we previously did, but we truly believe that people will care about and take much better care of a bicycle that they have spent time fixing and working on themselves.

We are currently working at our workshop space on Wednesdays and Thursdays of every week and have 3 or 4 people coming down on each of these afternoons from the Bristol Refugee Rights Welcome Centre.

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