About Bristol Cycle Festival

How it all started

Bristol Cycle Festival was founded back in 2010 – Bristol was awarded Cycling City status, and with that a wodge of funding came to Bristol City & South Glos councils to create a one off cycling festival. It was a stunning success, so much so that the cyclists of Greater Bristol decided to take on the festival themselves, and see what could be done with a lot of enthuisasm, the change from the back of their sofas and a can do attitude. Great things happened, Bristol Cycle Festival ran continunously for 5 years, as an annual community led event. Then in spring last year, two thirds of the core team of volunteers who’d been organising the festival got lured away to the wild moors of the North. And so in 2016 there was no festival.

When former Bristol Cycle Festival volunteers realised that the festival hadn’t happened in 2016, they began hatching a plan to bring it back. Since that point, a new team has come on the board of directors, a part time Festival Producer has been appointed and the festival has been working with funding organisations and sponsors to create a festival that will run not just in 2016 will grow from strength to strength in coming years.

How it all started

Bristol Cycle Festival was founded back in 2010 – Bristol was awarded Cycling City status, and with that a wodge of funding came to Bristol City & South Glos councils to create a one off cycling festival. It was a stunning success, so much so that the cyclists of Greater Bristol decided to take on the festival themselves, and see what could be done with a lot of enthuisasm, the change from the back of their sofas and a can do attitude. Great things happened, Bristol Cycle Festival ran continunously for 5 years, as an annual community led event. Then in spring last year, two thirds of the core team of volunteers who’d been organising the festival got lured away to the wild moors of the North. And so in 2016 there was no festival.

When former Bristol Cycle Festival volunteers realised that the festival hadn’t happened in 2016, they began hatching a plan to bring it back. Since that point, a new team has come on the board of directors, a part time Festival Producer has been appointed and the festival has been working with funding organisations and sponsors to create a festival that will run not just in 2016 will grow from strength to strength in coming years.

Who we are

Volunteers

The events during Bristol Cycle Festival are created, planned and delivered by a band of individuals, community groups and organisations. Many of them doing it in their spare time to make something special happen on bikes, in their city. Assisted by volunteers to crew their events, they come together to make sure the events are safe, well managed and enjoyable for all.

So its with a massive & heartfelt thanks to our team of fearless beautiful volunteers & event organisers, without your committed work it just wouldn’t have happened.

Together we are Bristol Cycle Festival.

Board Members

Bristol Cycle Festival is a Community Interest Company, and has a Board of Directors who steer the direction of the festival. This year we’ve been a brave team of 4: Jenny, Rosa, Janine & Camilla who’ve been working away behind the scenes. Some of us have lots of experience and have run charities before, some of us had never been on a board before. It was a relief to find out that its very straightforward. We meet for hour and half, chat through the decisions that need to happen and usually have some research or actions to do before the next meet up. We’d love to have more people involved on the board and to more fully represent the cyclists of Bristol. If you’d like to find out more, please contact us

Hannah, Festival Producer

Hannah used to work for Sustrans, Living Streets & Bristol City Council on projects getting more people out on their bikes and on foot for their trips about town. In previous years she has been a volunteer steward, an event organiser and the Committee Secretary for the festival.

“Bristol truly is a cycling city, it would have been a tragedy to lose the festival when there’s such a strong cycling culture in our city. I love riding my bike, its such a simple joy to pedal your way through the streets of Bristol. The support the festival has had already, just proves that so many Bristolians feel as passionately about their bikes as I do.”

Funders and Sponsors

This year we were awarded funding from the National Lottery, Awards for All and Tesco Bags of Help to make the festival happen. Additional money for specific events was given by long term supporters Lyons Davidson. We’ve also been supported by the generosity of Roll for the Soul, Sustrans, Bike Week UK and Better By Bike. In coming years we’re hoping to work with even larger range of businesses and organisations to support the work of the festival

 

Creatives, Designers & Artists

We have worked with a fab bunch of creatives on this years website, social media & print programme.

Illustrator: The ever talented Zoe Power created our poster and web illustrations zoe-power.com

Print Layout & Design: Domini McMunn helped fit as many events onto our programme as physically possible and keep it legible and on point! dominimcmunn.com

Animated logo: New kids on the block Shy Guys sorted us right out. Find them on social media @ShyGuysHQ

Website: Amber Phillips created this wonderful website for us – check her out at amberphillipsdesign.co.uk. Clean, clear, beautifully simple websites that help your audience find all the info they need to know about your organisation, project or business