Ain’t no border high enough

30 Jul

Critical Mass to Calais : Bikes Beyond Borders!
August 29-31st, 2015

>>Got a bike and want to pass it on? This is an attempt to get bikes and other provisions to refugees in Calais.<<

If you have, or can source a bike to donate, then please, please join us this August bank holiday weekend on our little trip cycling across the channel: Critical Mass to Calais, taking bikes beyond borders!

We will release more details nearer the time, but you can get involved in any way shape or form (there are many, many ways) just scroll down and pick from the options below.

Why CMC:BBB?

The vast majority of people living in the camps have left their home countries for reasons of war and persecution in search of safety and security. Now, having been forcibly evicted from autonomous camps in Calais to a new ‘designated area’, 7km from the town centre, there are in the region of 2000 people, including women and unaccompanied minors, living in conditions of poor sanitation with minimal access to support and services.

Most cyclists can relate to the sense of freedom, mobility and self sustainability afforded by the bicycle. For people living in the camps, bicycles are an invaluable asset, improving quality of life by increasing access to basic essentials like the local shop and support and advice services, currently over an hour’s walk away. Some organisations have already began taking bikes to the camps, but many more are needed.
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Here is how to JOIN IN THE FUN:

1) THE BIG ONE – 2 Day Cycle from London to Calais leaving Saturday 29th August with overnight camp fun to break the journey – Location and route details TBA nearer the time.

2) 1 Day Cycle from London to Calais leaving Sunday 30th August – For the faster riders or those with time constraints.

3) 1 Day Cycle, starting at overnight camp (location TBA) to Calais – For those who want a shorter ride.

4) Just get to Calais! You may want to donate a bike and visit Calais with us, but perhaps don’t fancy the ride or don’t live in London or the UK…so just find the best way to meet – perhaps even starting a critical mass from your own city!

Don’t have a bike you are able to donate?

1) Come along for the ride! Donating is not mandatory at all, the more the merrier, so join in the fun at any of the stages listed above!

2) Talk to your pals! Do you know there are 7 times more unused bikes in garages and gardens in London than out on the roads, so speak to your friends or neighbours to get your hands on one!

3) Get a second hand bike from your local bike shop or one of our recommended providers – details to follow.

Don’t fancy the ride?

1) Get your bike to Calais in any way you can! We know that riding isn’t for everyone, the main objective is to get as many bikes to the camps as possible, so if you have another way of getting yours there, then find us at either Dover or Calais on the Sunday.

2) Join us as a support vehicle! You never know what might happen the road and we would love to be accompanied along the way! There will be mechanics in the group but parts and refreshments will need their own ride.

3) Donate any spare bicycles to the cause! There are many organisations who refurbish unused bicycles and donate them to asylum seekers and refugees, message us and we can connect you!

http://rabble.org.uk/event/critical-mass-to-calais/
https://www.facebook.com/events/976519672371913/

donations donations!!

9 Nov

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)
Email: londonwelcomeproject@gmail.com

Address:map_colour
Stockwell Centre
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
Stockwell Station

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday is back on- just about!

9 Jul

After shuffling our current volunteer pool around a bit, it seems that we’ll manage to open on thursdays again from this one, 10th July.

We always need more volunteers as it does get very busy, especially this time of year! The thursday shift is the longest, running from 14:00 til 20:00, so even if you can only offer half a shift’s worth of time, it would definitely be very helpful, regardless of which day, but preferably a slot to which you can commit on a weekly basis, as it makes it a lot easier to organise a rota around. We are a fully volunteer-run collective, and as such, don’t have any volunteer co-ordinator, etc..

opening times:

Wed 15:00 – 19:00

Thu 14:00 – 20:00

Fri 15:00 – 19:00

Sat 14:00 – 18:00

SOS! Thursday workshop needs more volunteers!

9 Jun

Oh noes! A distress signal has been sent from Thursday’s volunteers, that in order to open on Thursday again they need more people to volunteer.

56a bikespace takes all skill levels of mechanics, it’s just the desire to learn more that we need most! Of course, a good skill level (brakes, gears…) to begin with is always useful.

Check out our what//where page for more general info and contact info.

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BEASTWAY is back… at Redbridge Cycle Centre

17 May

 

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After uncertainty as to whether or not this series would run this year, due to the new venue not being ready in time, it returns to Hainault.

The racing runs on consecutive Wednesday evenings from 21st May til 9th July.

Welcome Project First Birthday – 18th May

16 May

Welcome first

Food cooked from around the world, music and fun in the sun from 2pm – 6pm.
Stockwell Community Centre
1 Studley Rd
SW4 6RA

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LWP is a member led space for asylum seekers and refugees. A place to socialise, relax and learn from each other. Our aim is to reduce isolation and create solidarity among asylum seekers and refugees. A hot lunch is cooked every Sunday alongside board games, a bicycle workshop, informal English learning, workshop on CV and job applications, chatting and different activities

14 May

campagink nervecranks

Bicycle Ink Pen Drawings via John Grant

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