UK Bike Gathering

UK Bike Gathering 2013, by Cassiope SydoriakThe UK Bike Gathering is a place for groups, organisations, and people using cycling and bikes to work for social change. In 2011 it was held at I Bike MCR in Manchester (in the summer) and The Bristol Bike Project (in the winter). In 2012 it was hosted by Pedallers Arms in Leeds.

In 2013, it is being held at the Broken Spoke Bike Co-op in Oxford.

To register, complete the following form.


The official Gathering will start on Friday night with a Critical Mass, but workshops start at 10am on Saturday. Please send an email to if you wish to host a workshop, and we will attempt to place you with other similar themes.

We hope that everyone who attends is there to share as well as to learn, so please consider hosting a workshop by yourself or with a team. This makes it more interesting for everyone.


Time Name/Event Host
18:30-19:30 Critical Mass, leaving from Tourist Info, Broad Street, Oxford (welcome to any and everyone) Broken Spoke
20:00-22:00 Welcome and meet your host, introductions, housekeeping, dinner Broken Spoke


Time Name/Event Host
09:00 Arrivals, coffee, breakfast Broken Spoke, Old Music Hall
10:00 Introductions and housekeeping, updates from different projects Broken Spoke
11:00 1) Social Media for the rest of us
2) Educational Methodologies
Jenni Gwiazdowski, London Bike Kitchen
Jamie Smith, Broken Spoke
12:00 1) Bristol Bike Project (Title TBC)
2) Running a bicycle Film Society
Bristol Bike Project
Adam Thompson, Hackney Bicycle Film Society
13:00 LUNCH for participants Broken Spoke, Old Music Hall
14:00 Exploring dynamics of diversity in groups Fenn Kiddle, Elle Smith
15:30 BREAK
15:45-17:15 Bike Projects Aims and Objectives: Social Justice Pedaller’s Arms
18:30 DINNER for participants Restore Garden Cafe
20:00-24:00 Short films, music, discussion, drinks, and socialising open to everyone Restore Garden Cafe


Time Name/Event Host
09:00 Arrivals, coffee, breakfast Broken Spoke, Old Music Hall
10:00 1) Sturmey Archer Class (Broken Spoke workshop, max 8 participants, sign up Saturday morning)
2) Making Stuff With Inner Tubes
3) Sharing the road – Cycle training for the community
Tom Martin
Fenn Kiddle
Sam Chappell, Broken Spoke
11:30 1) Sturmey Archer Debrief (max 8 participants)
2) Setting up a University Bike Project
3) History of Horse Transport
Tom Martin
Green Bike Project
Adam Thompson, Hackney Bicycle Film Society
13:00 LUNCH Broken Spoke
14:00-15:30 Wrap up and discussion Everyone
15:30-17:00 Bike ride tour of Oxford Broken Spoke


Dinner for participants and hosts will be provided on Friday night following the Critical Mass. Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday will be provided (fruit, museli, bread, tea, coffee, milk, juice), as well as lunches on Saturday and Sunday. Dinner on Saturday will also be provided for participants.

All food is vegan/vegetarian and we will endeavour to source donations from local farms and oraganisations wherever possible.

No one will be turned away from the Gathering due to lack of funds, but in order to cover costs of food we are asking for £20 from each participant. This includes 6 meals (dinner on Friday and Saturday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday). If this is a problem, please speak to an organiser and we will figure out an alternative.


We will be able to find a place for you to stay! Please email us at with relevant details.

N.B. Due to space considerations, we will be able to find hosting for 40-50 people and will have to restrict numbers attending the workshop. We hope that 2 people from every interested organisation will be able to attend, and we will keep you posted about the number of people attending the workshop.

Evening Activities

Critical Mass, open to the public, leaving 18.30 from outside Tourist Information, Broad Street, Oxford. If you require a bike please let us know in advance and we will be able to find you a loaner.

Following dinner on Saturday night, the general public will be invited to attend an evening of movies, discussion, chatting, and drinks. It will be a fantastic opportunity for various organisations in Oxford to meet people from other cities and discuss community issues of importance to them.

Travel Pool

There will be a travel pool to spread the cost of people traveling from far away. Please let us know if you are interested in joining.