Who are we?
We are a group of 30 highly motivated youth workers from 7 different countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Poland, Turkey and the UK. We all met at the Eden Project (Cornwall) during an Erasmus+ training course "Youth Work in Digital Age". During the project we investigated the needs of the local community and based on the results we came up with the idea of JustBike.
Why are we doing this?
Our research showed that there are a number of people who are unsatisfied with the local areas health, environment and lack of financial support. Cornwall's cycling culture is behind the national average and it is particularly important issue for the local community. Bodmin is a region which has multiple suitable areas for cycling, including the camel trail however in the recent past These opportunities have been neglected. Precisely because of that, we believe that through this project we can renew and revitalize the cycling tradition in the region. Furthermore, we truly believe we can change the mentality and influence active and creative lifestyle, especially among young people. This project will shed light on the matter of environmental protection, promoting body movement and healthy lifestyle and will introduce Bodmin as the cycling capital of Cornwall.
More and more people are using cars for shorter journeys with 80% of city and town drives being shorter than 2 km.
Cycling is the a huge step in saving money, the planet and being healthy, all at the same time. Bikes even save taxpayers money by reducing on road wear. Also it can help people to lose weight and improve overall health: biking makes our brain more resilient to stress and protects it from symptoms of depression. Studies show that cyclists are healthier, more productive and require less time off at work.
Our bikesHow does it work?
The citizens and the guests of Bodmin will have the opportunity to borrow a bike for some time free of charge. We are focussed on allowing everyone to easily get between key sites and explore the town without being depended on the minimal public transport.
Twenty adult bikes and ten kids bikes will be spread amongst four different locations in Bodmin.
We are currently intending on installing the stations at four strategic places:
- Location one - Asda Supermarket
- Location two - Bodmin Town Museum
- Location three - Bodmin Hospital
- Location four - Bodmin College
Bikes can be taken from one location and left on another. Each one of the four bike shelters will have place for 10 bikes. We have chosen these locations as the distances between each station is approximately 1-2 miles. This is the optimum distance for biking because it is too long to take a walk and to short to take a car.
It is important to emphasize that the bikes are provided for common use with the sole purpose of promoting community consciousness through healthy and environmentally friendly way of transportation.
Every bike will have a distinguishable mark - a sticker with our logo.
Why you should support us? What can you do?
These bikes will be donated for free public usage in Bodmin. At the very end of the project, a community event will be organised. The point of this is to present all the work done during the project as well as official donation of the bikes to the public. Youth workers will actively partake in this event, liaising with the local community.
We would greatly appreciate any support that you can give us. That may be 5 or it may be 5000 pounds. It would also be extremely helpful it if you could share our story with other like-minded people.
Bicycle sharing is efficient and affordable, giving commuters flexibility when traveling, accessing areas where other vehicles cannot. It is time Bodmin gets its own bicycle sharing system too!
What the money will be used for?
JustBike is entirely focused on improving the lifestyle of the local community in Bodmin. For the purposes of the project we are going to buy the bikes, stations and equipment from online suppliers.
All the funds raised will be used for carrying out the project - purchasing 30 bikes, building 4 shelters and producing the promotional materials like signs, stickers, station posters, etc.
The biggest part of project funds will cover the costs of purchasing the bikes and building the shelters (calculated as 89% of the whole pledge of £16000).
We have the ability and the enthusiasm to build up the website, create and develop all the digital data needed. We are contacting suppliers, organizing the entire process, communicating with local authorities and raising awareness for this project for free. We are 100% supporting this cause with all our means and competences.
In other words, we donate our time and energy, NONE of this money will be used for the purpose of salaries nor the any kind of personal compensations.
Below is a simplified table with the estimated expenses.
The latest-generation bikes will allow you, as a supporter, free access to the world-class transport system – that we believe should form a key component of the Bodmin public transport mix moving forward.
Initially, with the funding raised, we’ll build four bike stations, with ten spaces at each station. The great thing about the crowdfunding campaign is if we exceed our funding goal of £16.000 then we can use those extra funds for another station(s) and to buy additional bikes, so it's a win-win!
We will be happy if you support us in our initiative and help us to create something very specific and tangible for the community in Bodmin. Even though this is one very tiny area, we believe that if this project is successfully implemented here, we can take it and implement it elsewhere.