Sunday, 28 February 2010

200 bikes!

We are delighted to announce that we fixed up and gave out our 200th bike this week here at the project. A huge thankyou to all those who have donated their bikes to us - please continue to spread the word about the project and encourage people to bring their unwanted bicycles down to us. We are very excited about the year ahead and are looking forward to organising some more project group rides as it gets warmer.

Thomas, Gezae, Adam & Colin work on Thomas' bicycle.

After spending an afternoon with us working to fix up the bikes that they chose from our stock of donated bikes, Thomas & Adam are ready to get cycling!

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Charge Bikes supports the project

The Bristol Bike Project... from posy dixon on Vimeo.

Charge Bikes Rider Posy Dixon visited us last week to talk to us all about what we get up to here at the workshop for a forthcoming magazine article that she is writing. She also made a very short film of her day at the project - see the clip above. Thanks to Posy, Sam (her photographer) and to Charge Bikes for their support.

b&w photos by Adam, more on his Flickr

Sunday, 14 February 2010

The Bristol Bike Project T-Shirt

We have just received some of these wonderful t-shirts inspired by the project, designed by Nick Hand.

Nick commented, "I was asked by my mates at the howies shop in Bristol to design a T shirt for the Better by Bike project. A few other designers and illustrators were asked as well. My preference was to help a really good, specific project and maybe funnel some cash from the Ts that way too. I took my camera down to the project and spent an hour or so just photographing bike bits - it seemed to make sense to do something which summed up the project visually. Every now and then you come across great people doing great things, and your instinct is to get involved. The Bristol Bike Project is just that".

These T-shirts are on sale now at the Howies store in bristol. A percentage of every t-shirt sold will be donated to the project to help us keep doing what we do...

Monday, 1 February 2010

'The Bristol Bike Project - a short film about cycling, recycling and asylum'

'The Bristol Bike Project - a short film about cycling, recycling and asylum', filmed during the Summer & Autumn of 2009 is now finished and we have copies available at the workshop.

We have just heard from the director, that it has been selected for the Oneworld Documentary Festival in Prague, which bills itself as the largest human rights film festival in europe, from the 3rd to the 10th march. It is a very multinational festival and usually only accepts a small handful of films from the uk (as in two or three) and goes on to be distributed around 30 odd czech towns and goes to a whole load of schools and universities.

It has also just been accepted for this year's Unchosen Bristol Film Festival in November 2010. So we are all really pleased to hear this news and really hope that the film will help to spread some awareness about what it means to be an asylum-seeker in this country, as well as encouraging more people to bring their unwanted bicycles to us!

There will also be a link to the film from our website some time in March - we will keep you posted...