Last week, in a ceremony at London's Victoria and Albert Museum, it was announced that the Bristol Bike Project were winners of the Grassroots category of the 2011 Observer Ethical Awards.
The award, sponsored by Timberland, was designed to recognise groups working to battle climate change and social injustice on a local community basis, and achieving a concrete end result. The prize from Timberland for the winner was a much needed £2000 towards the project.
The long-standing Bristol based project aims to provide free bicycles to people who wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity to own one, particularly those in underprivileged and marginalised sectors of the community. Using unwanted bicycles that would otherwise probably end up in landfill, the project's "Earn a Bike Workshops" encourage people from all sectors of the community to volunteer to develop the technical skills needed to get these bikes road worthy again and then take custody of them.
A short film about the award winning Bristol Bike Project, made by the Observer can be viewed here
For more information about the Bristol Bike Project visit www.thebristolbikeproject.org
Lara has been riding bikes for longer than she'd care to admit, and writing about them nearly as long. Since 2009 she has been working as part of the road.cc review team whilst championing women's cycling on the side, most notably via two years as editor of the, sadly now defunct, UK's first and only women's cycling mag, erm, Women's Cycling.
Believing fervently that cycling will save the world, she wishes that more people would just ride a bike and be pleasant to each other.
She will ride anything with two wheels, occasionally likes to go fast, definitely likes to go far and is always up for a bit of exploring somewhere new and exciting.