A look back to our proud achievements from 2017 and all the usual goings on at BBP this February!
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Dear <<First Name>>,

2018 is already flying by faster than Chris Hoy in the velodrome! So it's time to take stock and look back at some of our proud achievements from 2017... 

We got a whopping 228 bicycles out to new homes through our various Earn-a-Bike sessions, carried out thousands of free repairs at our drop-in workshops, and provided a welcoming and inclusive space for hundreds of people from our local community to get together, share skills and enjoy good company.

Our shop has been busy too, selling a record number of second-hand bicycles in 2017 and keeping others on the road with our repairs and services. The money raised through the shop's activities is vital for our community programmes.

We've also saved thousands of bicycles from the dreadful fate of landfill, demonstrating the environmental benefit of what we do and helping to lower the numbers of bicycle thefts across Bristol too.

Last but not least, we've revamped our Co-op structure, finding ways to engage more members and increase diversity at the Project.

Three cheers to the hundreds of wonderful volunteers, members, supporters and staff - without whom none of this would have been possible!

The Bristol Bike Project team

Empowerment and Activism at BBP

2017 was an eventful year for women at the Project. We organised exchanges and skill-sharing sessions with Women & Trans* Night folks from bicycle co-ops across the country, we hosted a screening of a film about a radical all-female bike gang fighting patriarchy in Los Angeles, and we had Jenni, founder of London Bike Kitchen, with us to talk about how to get more girls and women into STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and maths. These activities were all about inspiring empowerment and activism at the Project, and we've got more in store for 2018. If you have an idea for something you'd like to organise at the Project, let us know!

What does it mean to be a Co-op?

We are proud to be a co-op and to put our members at the heart of decision-making here at the Project. Our 2018 AGM saw a record level of engagement, with over 50 members attending and getting involved in important decisions about the future of the Project. It was also a chance to reflect on all that has been achieved here over the past year, to welcome our newly elected directors, and to say a huge thank you to our hundreds of volunteers, members, staff and supporters who make all of this possible. Read more about how we work in our Co-op handbook.

Monthly Maintenance: sort your saddle!

This month's maintenance tip is all about sorting out your saddle and comes from our shop mechanic Grainne, who drew this awesome storyboard to illustrate!

Guest blogs: British cycling and adventure

Danielle Lawson, from the project, shares her selection of top UK cycling adventures to get you inspired for 2018! Danielle's project aims to help people build the courage they need to live a more adventurous life, bringing out the everyday adventurer in all of us!

Richard Anders' cycle 365 project aims to create the big picture of the cycling community from a diversity of photographic images. On his tour of cycling projects across the UK, Richard dropped by The Bristol Bike Project for a visit. Here's what he had to say... 

Brake the Cycle: Bike rides to expand your mind by challenging your body

Brake the Cycle is a small social enterprise that run cycle tours to ecological projects across the UK and Europe. Their rides are centred around permaculture and the exploration of new (and old!) ideas around economy, ecology and conviviality. The rides are open to all — no previous experience of cycling is required. Just enthusiasm and an open mind.

You can sign up for their 201 rides here, or say hello on their Facebook page, send them a Tweet on Twitter, or ogle at their Instagram feed!

Dates for your diary!

3 March | International Women's Day. Come to celebrate women and say hello to us while you're at it! We'll be offering free bike safety checks!

2-5 August | Ride to Bestival. One of our volunteers is organising a ride to Bestival raising money for BBP, and needs people to help steward the ride. Email if you're interested!

How can you get involved?

Volunteer with us. There are loads of ways you can get involved as a volunteer, whether you're an expert or budding new mechanic, and you don’t even have to pick up a spanner if you don't want to! Find out more on our website.

Become a Member. Already volunteer regularly with us? Then make sure you become a Member so you can take advantage of the numerous Member benefits and have the opportunity to become more involved in the running and the direction of the Project.

Donate a bike. We always need bikes and spare parts. Any bikes donated to us will either become part of our Earn a Bike programme or refurbished and sold to raise funds for the project.

Use our shop. If your trusty steed needs a bit of love, then bring it into our shop for a service by one of our professional mechanics. All profits made by our shop go directly into supporting the community work that we do, meaning that we don't have to rely on external funding for our core programmes.

Become a Supporter. We are a community scheme, managed by volunteers and supported by you. Please donate via Local Giving to keep our Earn a Bike programme running, and if you already donate via standing order or PayPal, please switch to Local Giving so we can collect Gift Aid on your donation.

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