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Current opening times!

20 Jan

Our opening times are below:

Wednesday 3-7pm

Friday 3-7pm

We need more volunteers, especially to get our Women, Trans and Gender Variant sessions going again on Thursdays.

56a needs new volunteers!

22 Dec

recruitment flyer

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, 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!

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)

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








29 Oct

Rowdy embroidery!

29 Jul

Check this custom-decorated cycle-messenger bag, one of our shifties had made by Bagaboo, a small company hand-making tough, practical luggage and accessories for couriers to order, in Budapest. It even won design-of-the-month:


Beastway game over?

28 Jul

Beastway became known as an affordable, convivial and increasingly popular mountain bike race series, which successfully took place at 2 different purpose built East London circuits over the last 19 years! However this year’s series may be the last unless any club, team or person fancies taking over its promotion for 2013, in which case proposals or queries can be addressed to:


[above:] final photo of Structureless Tyranny, series organisers at this year’s series.

more news on their website.


7 Jun

I sometimes think drivers don’t know what grass is, or flowers, because they never see them slowly. If you showed a driver a green blur, Oh yes! he’d say, that’s grass! A pink blur! That’s a rose garden! White blurs are houses. Brown blurs are cows. My uncle drove slowly on a highway once. He drove forty miles per hour and they jailed him for two days. Isn’t that funny, and sad, too? (Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, 9)