Join in 16th - 24th September at locations across Bristol for a community celebration of all things bicycle
There’ll be over 50 bike themed events during the nine days of the festival and a varied programme: from the Dundry Drubber sportif and Vintage Velo retro bicycle ride; to pedal powered film screenings and workshops to address issues facing cyclists.
There’s even a chance for cycling singletons to find love on two wheels at Cycle Speed Dating or on the Random Tandom – Love on a Bicycle pop-up rides. Whether people are interested in cycling as a sport, a leisure activity, a way to keep the kids active or just as a way to get to work on time – there are events for all. Together We Ride is the festival tagline for 2017, and everyone with a bike in Bristol is invited to ride together at Carnivelo, the UK’s only bike carnival on Sunday 17th.
Bristol Cycle Festival was founded in 2010 when Bristol was awarded Cycling City status, the funding associated with this made it possible for the local councils to create a one off cycling festival in Bristol. Following its success, the cyclists of Bristol decided to take on the festival themselves. After 5 years, as an annual community run event, there was no festival in 2016. When a former Bristol Cycle Festival volunteer realised that the festival hadn’t happened and that it may not happen again, she set herself the quest to bring the festival back to Bristol in 2017. The support for the return festival has been strong, with the highest number of events being included in the programme this year.
Hannah Taylor, Festival Producer of Bristol Cycle Festival 2017:
“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.”
“What makes Bristol Cycle Festival unique is that we represent so many different tribes of cyclists, for us it’s really not about the type of bike you ride but enjoying the ride as you go.”
“The first time I encountered the festival was at the Two Wheeled Drive in screening of Point Break, 2011. Cycling along the gorge to a hidden location, in the dark, but amongst a crowd of friendly folk, we arrived, locked up our bikes and perched on picnic blankets and railway sleepers. The atmosphere was one, of being amongst old friends, and by the end of the evening we were sharing film quotes and private jokes with the people we’d sat next to. I certainly didn’t consider myself a cyclist or part of the cycling community at that point, I was just a girl who had a bike to get her to work. But something had changed, if nothing else, my perception of what I thought a cyclist was –they were just people like me, who liked to ride their bikes. And more than that it was about the power of the bicycle to create connection, community and wellbeing in people’s lives.”