After a brilliant new recruit meeting in mid Jan we will now be open more reliably and more often. Our opening times are below:
Thursday 4.30-7.30pm Women and Gender Variant (starting 28th Jan 2016) – for women and non gender binary people to fix their bikes together.
Most Saturdays 3-6pm – small jobs only. We have only one regular mechanic volunteering these days and so it is not as reliable as the other days. If you can volunteer on Saturdays then get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or pop down on a shift we are open.
56a bikespace desperately needs new volunteers to stay open! So we’ll be having a meeting at 6pm on the 9th January for people who want to get more involved. It will be at 56a Crampton Street, Elephant and Castle SE17 3AE. Come meet the other volunteers, find out more about the shifts and how we work, plan for the new year and eat tasty cake!
Also please share this event with anyone you know may be interested – here is the facebook event to share!
Can’t make it but want to get involved? Contact us: twitter @56abikespace, Facebook ‘56a Bike Space’, email email@example.com, or pop down. Also let us know what days of the week you are available to volunteer when you message us.
What is 56a bikespace?
56a bikespace is a community Do-It-Together bike project based at 56a social centre in Elephant and Castle. We provide tools and advice to help people get their bikes working. We do this because the collective believes in the empowerment of learning to fix your own bike and the environmental sustainability of cycling.
When do we need volunteers?
We used to open Wednesday-Saturday afternoons (3-7pm), but can only currently open 2 days a week because we have too few volunteers. It is useful if volunteers can commit to a particular afternoon every week, but if you can only do 2 shifts a month that would still really help! We also need help one Sunday a month to clean the space out and sort out donations.
What bike stuff do I need to know?
Because 56a is a Do-IT-Together space you learn loads of bike skillz as a volunteer. It is good starting point if you already know how to tune gears and brakes, but if you cannot do this but are keen to learn, then come get involved and you can learn off the other volunteers.
Can we challenge the macho bike culture?
Yes! Bike mechanics is a ridiculously macho environment and at 56a we have the space to challenge this. There have been discussions of setting up a women and gender variant session, but we haven’t had enough volunteers. If you think it sounds good, come along and help make this happen!
We’re into bike riding, and protesting on and off our bikes to save the environment. Aren’t you? Plus, Paris is a mere 289 miles from London (465 km). London to Brighton is 60 miles/96 km, so if you do the maths then this
So, there’s still time to ride to the COP21 Climate Conference in Paris! Sadly, we ourselves are not organising a ride there, though many of us have ridden there on our own, and that can surely be done ( see our page on BIKE TOURING) – you can do it – pack your waterproofs and banderolls, wear them baselayers, and bring yer mates! It’s time for some climate justice.
However, there are some pre-organised rides going to Paris, on the 6th and the 9th. OMG SUCH RIDE. All rides have some sort of fee (for stuff such as the ferry, accomodation, insurance), but you can probably rationalise that such cost goes a long way for the environment, as well as the camradarie and group bonding necessary for voicing one’s collective opinion at world leaders, climate officials, and the like.
Time to Cycle (5 days)
Climate Kilometre (3 days)
It’s been a long time since previous post- clearly been a busy last few months!..
Many people come to us to donate their unwanted bike/s. while we are always open to donations of bikes and/or bike parts, accessories, and especially tools, we cannot always take on complete bikes, and unless they requite little [a day’s] work to “do up”, we recommend they are donated to a nearby project we very much support: the London Welcome Project, based in Stockwell, just behind the tube stop, will gladly take your unwanted bike/s, and they have much more space to store the bikes which need more work.
From their website:
“The London Welcome Project (LWP) is a non-profit, member-driven social centre where asylum seekers and refugees can meet. On Sunday afternoons we offer a warm and welcoming space where our members can socialise, share experiences, learn from one another and engage in activities.
LWP strives to break the isolation that many asylum seekers and refugees experience. The Project aims to challenge the injustice and discrimination experienced by asylum seekers and refugees by providing a place of welcome in London. LWP is based on equal relationships and solidarity with our members.”
For more details:
Phone: 07438506392 (Monday, Friday – Sunday from 10am – 5pm)
1 Studley Road,
London, SW4 6RA
Nearest bus stops
Stop C 196
Stop M 50, 88, 155, 345
Stop G 155, 345
Nearest tube station