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Access Bike January 2023 newsletter

We're excited about a big year at Access Bike. We'll tell you more about our plans in the next updates, but for now just wanted to quicky say Happy New Year and remind you of a few key things:
  • We have a range of refurbished bikes for sale
  • The monthly market ride returns this Saturday 7th January!
  • Did you miss our Christmas Party? Check out our video?
  • Applications close to be Bicycle Mayor for Stroud District on 23rd January
  • We're open to 13-25 year olds from 10th January
  • Crowdfunding our work - donate if you can!
  • Warm Space at Fromehall Mill every Friday 10am - 2pm

New year, new bike?
We have a range of refurbished bikes at affordable prices available.

The turning of the year is often a time for resolutions and new habits. If you're planning to cycle more this year, whether to get around, or for fun or fitness... you might need a new bike. Or maybe your have a child who has outgrown a bike and needs something bigger?
Whatever you're looking for, email or message us on Instagram or Facebook Messenger and we can discuss our stock with you, or arrange a time for you to visit for a browse. Pictured are eight refurbished bikes of various types we currently have in stock for sale, but we also have others for sale or nearly ready for sale, and a range of donated bikes we could allocate to you and fix up over the next few months - potentially with you if you fancy that.
We use the funds we raise from sales to fund the project, but try to keep the bikes affordably priced too. We can potentially take old bikes in 'part exchange' and you can also 'earn a bike' by volunteering with us and fixing up other bikes for a number of ours equivalent to the value of the bike you're after. Get in touch if you have any questions.
You might also be looking to donate an old bike - please send us an email/message us here with a picture and we can let you know if it's something we can use and arrange a time for you to drop it off (please don't just dump bikes outside our workshop).
Happy New Year, and happy cycling!

#MarketRide mass bike ride this Saturday 7th January

Cargo Bikes of Stroud organises a monthly #MarketRide every first Saturday of the month! Cyclists meet at 10am at Brimscombe Mills (home of The Long Table, Stroud District Kids' Stuff and Stroud District and Cirencester Furniture Bank). Our friends at The Bike Drop (who are also based on the site) provide a free tea/coffee/children's drink, and the crew sets off at 10.30am for a ride along the A419 to The Electric Bike Shop Stroud and #Stroud Farmers' Market.

The group rides as a block to protect young and less confident riders on the inside, and ride at the speed of the slowest rider. The idea is to bring local cyclists together, to celebrate cycling, have fun, and push for better cycling infrastructure on this route and around the Stroud District.
The idea is to have a monthly celebration of cycling, bring cyclists together, and push for better cycling infrastructure. There's always a few cargo and/or electric bikes, so between 10am and 10.30am there's a chance to ask other riders about their bikes - and maybe even try something out.

James from Access Bike will be there - will you?

Did you miss our Christmas Party? Check out our 60 second video

To celebrate the end of the year, we held a small part at the Access Bike community bike workshop. We borrowed a reverse-steerer bike, raced mini-bikes, and got the jumps out... Santa* came along and took part in an Evil Knievel style stunt with Callum, and came second to Rowan in the staff mini-bike race.

* Project Manager James

The deadline to apply to be the Bicycle Mayor of Stroud is approaching - applications close January 23, 2023.

Stroud District Council is joining a global network - BYCS, who aim to accelerate change by uniting all citizens to take action. They bring creative diversity with new insights and approaches, from both inside and beyond the world of bicycle planning professionals or the political establishment.
Connecting these changemakers across a global network can create a truly radical shift.
Find out more about the network and what the role of Bicycle Mayor means at
Click/tap to apply to be Bicycle Mayor of Stroud

We are re-opening for workshop sessions for 13-25 year olds on Tuesday 10th and Thursday 12th January

Women-only sessions will also return soon.
We've enjoyed a break over Christmas and the New Year, and Project Manager James was on Paternity Leave before that as well... but now we're back - we've been sorting a few things this week but closed to the public, but you can check out of calendar of weekly sessions at
Click/tap to book a free workshop session at

Emily Harper, a teacher at Archway School, has completed a sponsored solstice 24 hour cycle to raise money to fund bikes for students at the secondar school, and the skills in order to maintain them. We are teaming up with her to facilitate this.

Emily has raised £680 so far - much more than her initial target of £250. But if you'd like to donate, you still can - all funds raised will go towards bike helmets, consumable bike parts and bike mechanic skills sessions at Access Bike.

Click/tap to donate to Emily Harper's crowdfunder
Click/tap to donate to Emily Harper's crowdfunder
We are also raising funds to supply 50 young refugees and asylum seekers with lights, locks and helmets, and refurbished bikes.

We are closing in on £3,000 or 60% of our £5,000 target. Thanks to the money raised so far we have already funded 14 to go on a a 3-night camping trip, and have started distributing the first sets of bike kits.

We welcome donations of any size - thanks for your support!
Click/tap to donate to our refugee support crowdfunder

We have a Warm Space at the space above Access Bike, also managed by Creative Sustainability, held every Friday from 10am - 2pm.

We cook a hot meal and eat together and you can come to get help with digital and online and access our Wifi for free.

You can also come along just to hang out somewhere warm - we have art supplies and comfy sofas.

Contact if you want some more information or would like some cost of living help.
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