We have enjoyed working with, and been inspired by, this activist cycle project on many occasions.
is/was a UK-based collective that was formed after the 2005 London to Scotland G8 Bike Ride. It was a non-hierarchical non-profit organisation which aims to promote cycling as part of a wider focus on social and environmental sustainability. [wikipedia
Bicycology is a collective formed by riders who wanted to build on their shared experience of the 2005 G8 Bike Ride and organise future events of a similar nature. By focusing on cycling we aim to persue our vision of a just and sustainable world through a combination of education, entertainment and creative direct action. The collective was formed during a weekend meeting at the Sumac Centre, here in Nottingham, in November 2005 with 15 original members.
At the Big Green Gathering in 2017 Bicycology offered the usual selection of information and energy trailer amusements, and a multitude of bike jewellery and Tetra Pak wallets. The wallets and their Tetra Tool Kits are featured on Veggies Tetra Pak Craft Recycling
The Climate Camp connection continued when Bicycology headed up a cycle rally from the site of the 2007 Heathrow Airport camp to the 2008 site at Kingsnorth Power Station. Veggies supported the mission by taking a parallel route to provide vegan catering at each stop. Veggies was an active participant in Climate Camp catering from 2006 to 2009 – as their Action Resources Blog says:
… the United Nations has reported that “livestock is a major threat to environment” all food is vegan, mostly organic and locally sourced to minimise food miles, provided by communal neighbourhood kitchens, many associated with the Social Centres Network.
“We were in the campaigns area of the Green Futures Field, sharing a space with Veggies (the Nottingham based vegan catering campaign), an art exhibition and Rubbish DJ’s (turntables and amps mounted in a rubbish cart). The art exhibition and DJ setup were in the marquee which was closed up at night. Each morning we opened it up and laid out our Bicycology stall at the front. We had taken a load of old tyres and chains for making belts and bracelets – people could either make their own or buy them ready made from us with all the money going to 56a Infoshop in London.”
Whilst Bicycology on the streets may be just a happy recollection, hopefully their online resources will continue to inspire; their guide to building the Bicycology Energy Trailer, is a great resource for any Critical Mass Bike Ride or action camp , as seen alongside Veggies Catering at Peace News Summer Camp:
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