This Friday (22nd January), we are happy to open our workshop doors to a group people from the Bicycology cycling collective who are coming in to fix up a bunch of our bikes to be used by No Borders folk in Calais.
Calais, a French coastal town, is a border between France and Britain. Last year it was “home” to over a thousand migrants waiting to travel to the UK. Now, due to increasingly repressive measures taken by the French state (and endorsed by the UK government), numbers have dropped to around 350 resident migrants at any one time. Most are forced to live in make shift tents or abandoned buildings; these are routinely destroyed by riot police.
Bikes are an essential tool in Calais and are used by No Borders activists as quick, cheap and efficient transport to enable them to monitor police activity in different migrant areas; the bikes will also form a bike library for migrants. For more info about No Borders and the situation in Calais, check out: www.calaismigrantsolidarity.
Bicycology is a cyclists' collective that offers a range of activities to promote cycling and make the links with wider issues of environmental and social responsibility. A passion for cycling is used to pursue a vision of a just and sustainable world through a combination of education, entertainment and creative direct action. For more info see: www.bicycology.org.uk