The Bristol Bike Project needs its own home!

by The Bristol Bike Project in Bristol, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 2nd June 2021 we successfully raised £43,311 with 606 supporters in 29 days

The Bristol Bike Project has bought its own home in Easton, we need your support to renovate the building & create a new community workshop!

by The Bristol Bike Project in Bristol, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

The new community workshop is a larger space which will make it possible for us to welcome more people into the project. We would really love to be able to afford an additional 4 x new work stations fully equipped with stands, all the necessary tools and chest of draws to be able to increase the amount of people benefiting from the workshop. Raising an extra £10,000 would make this a reality!


The Bristol Bike Project has bought its own home in Easton, we need your support to raise £35,000 to renovate the building and create a new community workshop! Watch our video, check out the rewards, pledge your support and share far and wide. Thank you!

Why are we crowdfunding?

Bristol’s property market makes it incredibly difficult for independent community projects like ours to find secure and affordable premises. Our current home in Hamilton House is being redeveloped and we need to move out this Summer.

After a long search we’ve found the perfect place, right in the heart of our community. The building has incredible potential but we need your support to refurbish and kit out the space so it can become the community hub of our dreams. It's currently a shell!

Work in progress at the new BBP premises

We have completed the purchase of Tovey’s Seafood - 198-200 Stapleton Rd, Easton.

It has a large shop space big enough for our community shop to thrive, bringing affordable repairs and bike servicing to Stapleton Road, and a huge space in the back (formerly for preparing fish!) where we can recreate our bustling community workshop. 

The space is considerably larger than our current workshop so, with your help, we'll be able to expand our oversubscribed community programmes getting more bikes to more people who really need access to affordable, healthy and sustainable transport!

Builders busy in the new community workshopWe're raising £35,000 to cover:

  • The refurbishment and fit out of our community workshop - making it a well-equipped, fit for purpose space for everyone
  • Workbenches, tool boards, cladding, cupboards, bike storage etc.
  • Signage and a mural - we want to make sure people know who we are, why we’re here and all the ways they can get involved
  • Decor - making the space feel welcoming and friendly for everyone

The rewards:

Limited edition 'Repair for the Revolution' t-shirt! Exclusive Bristol Bike Project cycling cap! Limited edition Jayde Perkin print!

Please note colours of T-shirts & caps are for illustrations purposes only, actual colour choices are available in the rewards section.

How far have we come?From humble beginnings, working out of a back garden, The Bristol Bike Project has grown into a dynamic community hub. We welcome hundreds of people through our doors each week, whether they’re taking part in our community programmes, volunteering, learning bike maintenance, or just having a cup of tea and a chat!

We are a comprehensive community bike project, repairing and rehoming unwanted bikes. We aim to help people from all walks of life get out on two wheels and for it to be an inclusive and empowering experience.

The Bristol Bike Project was born in 2008 when two friends returned from their first cycling tour with a new-found love of bikes and a desire to help their community. They had identified a need for affordable transport amongst Asylum Seekers in Bristol. We soon opened our doors to people from all walks of life, including people with mental health issues, recovering from substance addiction, as well as those in supported/sheltered housing. We now get referrals from over fifty organisations in and around Bristol.

We've empowered over 2,400 people to become independently mobile through our Earn-a-Bike programmes since 2008

We are proud to be a co-operative, valuing people over profit and putting our members at the heart of decision-making. What do our members want most? A secure and long term home! When we found out we had to move out of Hamilton House (our home of 11 years) we were pretty worried, we began searching for a place to buy, but Bristol's property market is tough especially for not-for-profit organisations.

Then Covid struck! Within 24 hours we’d redesigned all our workshops and completely overhauled shop operations. The passion and creativity of our staff and volunteers enabled us to manoeuvre quickly to find new ways to support our community. We focused our efforts on selling and repairing bikes for key workers, and continued to support people who relied on our community programmes through offering drop off bikes and repairs.

Through years rehoming bikes with people, we know just how important access to a bike can be for our mental and physical wellbeing – not to mention getting around in an affordable way. These needs don’t go away in a public health crisis; if anything, they become more acute. 

Covid set us back financially and held up many elements of our move. But, after two long years of searching we are extremely proud to say that we’ve found the perfect place!

Tovey's Seafood closed it's doors Christmas 2019, the previous owners, who ran a fishmonger’s there since 1962, were happy to pass the shop on to another independent business.

It’s always been a dream to own our own building, for our own long term security and to safeguard space on our local high street for community use.

Our objectives

Empowerment. Community. Education. Sustainability.

  • Empowerment: Empower people within our community by providing access to affordable and sustainable transportation, and encouraging an ethos of DIY and DIT (Do It Together!)
  • Community: Strengthen our community by providing an inclusive, vibrant and supportive workshop environment for people from all backgrounds to come and work alongside one another
  • Education: Deliver an educational experience for all by creating opportunities to learn and develop lifelong bike maintenance skills, and offer people the opportunity to have contact with positive role models
  • Sustainability: Promote sustainability by saving bicycles and their working parts from landfill, encouraging reuse wherever possible, and offering an alternative to buying new

We offer a wide range of community sessions

Earn-a-Bike: 1:1 workshop session working with marginalised people from within our community to overhaul and refurbish a donated bike, learning basic bicycle mechanics in the process. We also run specific Earn-a-Bike sessions for women and young people aged 8 - 18. 

Photograph of Esam, a Kurdish refugee from Iraq, and earn-a-bike attendee.

Fix-a-Bike: People who have earned a bike at the project can keep it running smoothly at one of our drop-in Fix-a-Bike sessions where volunteers can help with repairs, free of charge.

The Social Cycle: A workshop for adults experiencing social isolation. We fix bikes, we drink tea, we chat and have fun! 

After School Bikes: A drop in session for young people aged 8 - 18 to maintain their bike and to learn bike mechanics. 

Photograph of three sisters. Abdul's three daughters have all received bikes that they ride for eight miles a day to school and back.

Women’s Night: An open workshop run by women for women to share skills and knowledge in a friendly and informal setting. We welcome trans and non-binary people.

Bike Kitchen: An open DIY session for people to repair, maintain or build their own bikes.

Volunteer sessions: We welcome volunteer bike mechanics of all ages and abilities to come and help us prepare bikes for our programmes and develop skills on the job.

Emmanuelle's story

Photo of Emmanuelle. “This is the first bicycle I’ve owned for a long time. I’m in Bristol with no source of income, so having a bicycle means I can get to places I couldn’t otherwise go. Because I am an asylum seeker, I have to go to Patchway on the outskirts of the city every other week to sign-in. From my home, Patchway is a 16 mile round trip and without the bike and with no cash for a bus it was very difficult to go there before. Now I can go almost anywhere. It helps me, in the stressful situation that I’m in. When I get too stressed I get on the bike and go cycling and I feel better.”

We really need your support!

We’ve searched high and low for the perfect premises for over two years and worked really hard to raise the funds to purchase our own building. 

We’ve purchased an amazing site in the heart of our community, but we can only transform it into a community bike workshop with your help! 

Whatever form it takes, your support and contributions will be hugely appreciated. You can support us by: 

  • pledging - however large or small, every bit counts
  • sharing our Crowdfunder campaign on social media 
  • telling your friends and getting the word out

Thank you for reading and for your support - spread the word and see you soon!

Love from The Bristol Bike Project

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£30 or more

170 of 200 claimed

Ltd edition 'Repair for the Revolution' T-shirt

An exclusive Bristol Bike Project T-shirt, ethically produced, 100% cotton, in a choice of 2 colours. The design is an original woodcut by Rosanna Morris & Alex Goodman cut at Cato Press. Your thank you pack will also include a BBP badge and postcard and we'll add your name to the supporters wall in our new workshop space.

£10 or more

Your name on the workshop wall

A local illustrator extraordinaire will immortalise your name on the wall of our new community workshop as part of a permanent mural. This way we can be thankful to you everyday!

£20 or more

158 of 165 claimed

Exclusive Bristol Bike Project cycling cap

A Bristol Bike Project cycling cap in a choice of two limited edition new colours, plus a BBP badge and postcard. Your thank you pack will also include a BBP badge and postcard and we'll be sure to add your name to the supporters wall in our new workshop space.

£50 or more

29 of 150 claimed

Ltd edition Bristol Bike Project giclee print

A specially produced Bristol Bike Project crowdfunder print by Jayde Perkin. These will be high quality A3 giclee prints. See Jayde's beautiful work here: www.jaydeperkin.com Your thank you pack will also include a BBP badge and postcard and we'll be sure to add your name to the supporters wall in our new workshop space.

£90 or more

31 of 35 claimed

Bristol Bike Project goodybag

Can't decide which BBP reward you want the most? Choose our goodybag and we'll send you a cycling cap, t-shirt and exclusive print bundle. We'll also display your name on the supporters wall in our new workshop space.

£400 or more

1 of 2 claimed

½ day bike basics course for 3 people

Suitable for complete beginners! A 3 hour bike basics maintenance course for you and two friends with one of our friendly mechanics. Learn how to remove wheels and fix punctures, adjust brakes and gears and set up your bike to fit you. You'll also cover cleaning and lubricating your bike and the basic tools you need to keep rolling. We'll also display your name on the supporters wall in our new workshop space.

£1,000 or more

4 of 6 claimed

Sponsor a bike workstand in the community workshop

We'd love to be able to show your support for The Bristol Bike Project with exclusive sponsorship of a stand in the new community workshop. The bike stand will be used by people from across the community who come along to learn and share maintenance skills and build bikes for our Earn-a-Bike programme. We will display your name on the stand and also on our supporters wall.

£150 or more

6 of 6 claimed

3 hour 1-to-1 maintenance lesson with your bike

A 3 hour workshop session with one of our friendly mechanics. Bring your own bike along and get to grips with the basics of looking after it or fine tune your skills and learn how to sort out specific niggles! We'll also add your name to the supporters wall in our new workshop space.

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