The Upcycle Bike Project will soon be opening in Chepstow and Cinderford.
Offering the following to the local community:
- Sale of refurbished bikes
- Apprenticeship opportunities for 2 people
- Chance to Earn a Bike for those on low income
- Workshops for 11-18yrs, Over 60s, Women, Men
- Volunteering opportunities
- Fixing and servicing of your bikes (by ifixbikes)
A diary of our progress made so far:
Jan 22nd: Ed, Matt, Nadine and Lon visit Bristol Bike Project. A truly inspirational project that shows just how successful this kind of thing can be. Lots going on and gained some really useful knowledge for the launch of our project.
24th January: We make contact with the council waste team who arrange a meeting for 8th February to see how they can support our plans.
24th January: The incredibly kind Krysia from Bristol Bike Project kindly sends us some info to help us get started.
27th January: Our facebook page is launched to a great reception from our customers and local cycling groups.
28th January; Ed and Matt get started on clearing out the gatehouse by removing old shelving and wall units.
29th January: Two grant applications have been made in an attempt to raise the funds for tools and bike stands. We await their decisions in the Spring.
30th January: Opened a just giving page to raise the funds needed for the tools to get this workshop started sooner rather than later:
31st January; Ordered the rubber matting required for the workshop floor. The bike is perched on the wall so people can find us.
1st Feb: Progress has been made on the workshop, with benches in place and tool boards on the wall.
1st February: We have passed £100 on our £5000 target on just giving page. Click on the picture to take you there……
5th February: The rubber flooring is laid and the metal trim is finished on the work benches.
6th February: Matt drove to Portsmouth to collect the bike stands for the workshop from Kestrel Bike Stands.