2013 was our fourth year, and we were lucky to have ace film company Stick In Mind on hand to document the good times. Here are a few of us speaking about the festival, what it’s about, and how people can get involved, all mixed up with some highlights from the sunniest cycle festival yet!
For one day of the festival this year, we asked people to record their commutes on a GPS unit or smartphone, and upload the tracks to the Rideable website.
Around 60 cyclists of all types responded, from hardened mile-munchers to novice wobblers, and Rideable then used this data to create a unique visualisation of how Bristol’s cyclists get to work, together with some hints as to why so many choose bikes over buses and cars.
Hit play, and enjoy!
If you want to be reminded of how excellent 2013′s festival was, meet all the people who helped to make it happen, and enjoy a bit of a knees-up, we’re having a post festival party on Saturday 14 September at Roll for the Soul. There will be food, drink, sounds from the TriFi, and the first screening of the 2013 festival film. See above for the teaser, and see you there!
A fourth year of the Festival is done! It’s hard to write objectively about something that takes over our lives for a few months every summer, but I’m going to have a go…
So, the most noticeable difference this year was, believe it or not, nothing to do with us – the weather! Last year we had wash-outs galore, forcing everyone indoors. This year the heat made everyone head outside. Never mind that it was a bit too warm at times, it was great to finally have a proper summer after years of drear.
Following a few years of tramping it up in borrowed properties, we also settled into a permanent home, thanks to the opening of Roll for the Soul. It seems like a minor detail, but having a start and end point for rides, a venue for the smaller events, and a place to hang out and socialise made a big difference to this year’s festival.
We welcomed back regular collaborators the Bristol Cycling Campaign, who took riders on tours of the city’s best-kept secrets, including the tower at Blaise and the lesser-known works of Banksy.
They also managed to corral the movers and shakers from Bristol Council, Sustrans, Green Capital and the cycling community into one room, for an inspiring Cycling Summit. Big plans are afoot for cycling in Bristol, so contact the campaign and sign up to their manifesto if you haven’t already.
Lifecycle UK were also on board again, running more of their excellent second-hand bike sales, and accessible rides for under-represented folks like older cyclists. Both of these organisations are extremely active year round, and you should definitely click on their names and check them out.
We ran another programme of talks, featuring everyone from a round-the-world record breaker to a chap who cycles slowly round the UK taking photos of craftsmen and artisans. We were lucky to have the support of excellent local firm Lyons Davidson for this, which made finding venues a cinch compared to previous years. They also sent their managing partner along to introduce Max Glaskin’s talk in 30-degree heat, and he stayed until the end. Chapeau.
It was great to welcome back APE Project, who are currently running weekly family playdays at Horfield Common. We also saw the launch of the Bike Lane Gang family days at Bristol Bike Project. We’re well pleased to be involved with bringing on the next generation of cyclists, but we’re sure that there are lots more family cycling initiatives out there which we could be linking up with, so if you run or know of one then get in touch.
We had some new events this year, including the slightly random Knights Templar ride, at which we learned that a spot of bicycle-mounted pinata-bashing makes up for a lack of any historical content. And it seemed like you couldn’t throw a dart at our programme without hitting some sort of workshop or maintenance course. Events like this are arguably the best thing about the festival, as the knowledge and self-sufficiency they pass on lasts far longer than 9 days
The Festival finished in fine style with a fancy dress parade round traffic free streets, mugging it up for photos with the Mayor, tunes from the Tri-Fi, and a reunion with the Brontosaurus.
Then Castle Park played host to games, a hotly-fought long jump contest, the mighty Bomberdrome, and a massive water-balloon fight. There was a chilled night of films at the Cube cinema, or you could head to the café and watch Chris Froome do some triumphant laps round the Champs Elysée.
We’re extremely lucky to have the support of some great people, both official types (Bike Week, Lyons Davidson, the Council, the Parks and Events Team and Make Sundays Special) and members of the community who just want to be involved. After four years it really feels like we’re an established festival. We’re 5 years old next year, so we must get planning something special!
Lifecycle UK continue their excellent series of illustrated talks on Thursday 19 September, with adventurer and sustainable transport enthusiast Dave Cornthwaite.
POSTPONED DUE TO BAD WEATHER! Keep an eye on the Facebook event page for updates.
It’s the cinematic experience of the year! Ride to a special destination, then watch a cult classic film under the stars. The Two-Wheeled Drive-In returns on Friday 13 September, in partnership with Tyntesfield House.
This Sunday sees the second Make Sundays Special event, and as it coincides with the Cycle Festival it’d be rude of us not to join in. Continue reading
Ever wondered how a city like Bristol rides to work? Where they come from, what routes they use, where they’re going to?
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Our programme of talks is always a highlight, and this year we’re welcoming journalist and researcher Max Glaskin (above) to educate us about cycling and science. But he’s not just a chatterbox: Max has put his money where his mouth is and written an engaging, accessible guide to the science of cycling. Continue reading
Greetings fellow velocipede bicyclists! You’re tickets to the most splendid of events are now free to be purchased.
The Vintage Velo bicycle ride will be taking in the wonderful city of Bristol in all our finest vintage outfits on Sunday the 14th July – point your internet browser at the Vintage Velo page to find out more.
Although school’s not out during this year’s festival, we’ve still got plenty to occupy the young ‘uns.
Competition now closed!
You’d never know it from walking down the average local high street, but quality craftsmanship is alive and well in the UK. It just takes a bit of detective work to uncover. Continue reading
Our print programme has landed! And as is often the way with these things, a couple of boo-boos have made their way into it.
First off, the Sustrans Tour of CUBA ride is £14 to enter, not £1. It’s 96 miles long, and your entry fee includes a barbecue half way round, so hopefully you’ll agree that it’s still good value for money.
Secondly, the Rideable Bristol website shown in the programme isn’t live yet, but to find out more about the event, you can head here to its Facebook page.
Always a popular event round these parts, Saturday 15 June 2013 sees the return of Bristol’s annual Naked Bike Ride. Continue reading
Can you imagine being completely blind, yet still able to ride a bike?
One of last year’s new events, the Stowford Manor Farm Adventure, returns for 2013, this time as a warm-up for the main festival.
Some of the biggest names in British bike design are coming to Bristol on 15 June for a day-long event at the Arnolfini celebrating the relationship between bicycles and designers. Continue reading