This weekend (& every first full weekend of the month) brings you:
Sewcialise! a chance to use sewing machines and various useful bits and pieces to mend your clothes, make curtains…anything you can imagine. This month the times are more limited than usual, 2-4pm Saturday and Sunday, in the TARA office, 26a Humberstone, behind the bike shed.
the Bentley Bike Club has more volunteers helping you fix your bike or just tune up your brakes, just in time for the Tour de France coming nearby! It happens on Sunday, again shorter hours this month, 1-3pm, in the northern (nearer Hulme St) walk through between Humberstone and Letsbe (the wooded area) Avenues
and the Bentley Exchange our very own bring and take table(s) – bring things you don’t want, take things you do. It happens from Saturday noon, till Sunday at 4:30, in the other walk-through between Humberstone and Letsbe. Best to bring stuff out on Saturday so it doesn’t get put in the landfill, and only working quality things please.
A surprise extra is a gardening day on Leaf Street, on Sunday 2-6pm, so come out to help clear weeds and eat berries!
Contact details for all these groups if you want to help out is here
It’s been a while since we’ve given an update on bike storage. We’ve been busy, and things can move slowly in this world of Redbrickers and housing associations – but there has been some movement!
The Hunmanby bike cage has been launched; everyone on the evens side of Hunmanby has got a letter from City South on applying for a key. Like the Humberstone bike shed, which is now overflowing, initial uptake has been slow. Unfortunately this has meant that the CSM funding for a second cage – dependent on high demand being there – is no longer available. So, do encourage residents near there to get using it, so we can get more!
The Humberstone bike shed is over-flowing and other residents are asking for space in it. So please, if you’ve a bike in there that you don’t use much, move it to somewhere else. Until there’s some movement here, CSM won’t consider putting in more provision on Humberstone.
On Rockdove there’s more space in blocks and there doesn’t seem at the moment to be extra demand beyond the Sheffield stands we’ve got put in. At the ends of blocks, on Hulme and Clarendon Streets, there’s little space for bike stands and heads have been scratched but not got much further to a solution – ideas welcome.
We’re still waiting on the Sheffield stands to be adjusted by CSM’s contractors, so that they aren’t right up against the wall to give more space for more bikes to be attached, and then further secured.
If you’ve got bicycles locked up in your bin-sheds or on railings that are long past being used, or have been abandoned, get in touch with the Bentley Bike Club so they can use them for parts. CSM’s cleaning team are happy to make sure it gets passed on. The bin sheds are now needed for, erm, bins, so please lock your bikes up in your block or the nearest shed/cage. firstname.lastname@example.org
And do of course get in touch if you want to help out securing more bike storage or similar pro-bike measures on the estate – email@example.com
The Bentley Exchange is ready, from noon Saturday, to take the good stuff you no longer want, so other people can treasure it in their flats. You can find it on the cut-through between Humberstone and Letsbe Avenues (Clarendon end). Contact them on bentley-exchange AT redbricks.org
If you have a bicycle that needs fixing and want to learn, or you have spare parts to donate, get on down to the Humberstone/Letsbe cut-through (nearest to Hulme Street) and the Bentley Bike Club folk will be there on Sunday to help you. Get in touch at bike-club AT redbricks.org
And Sewcialise is there for all your clothes and fabric sewing, repairing and recycling needs: 2-6pm Saturday and Sunday, in the TARA office; just follow the path by the bike shed on Humberstone Avenue. Drop them a line on sewcialise AT redbricks.org
there are a few spaces left on the upcoming Redbricks bicycle maintenance training courses.
The course dates have yet to be finalised, but are likely to be three Fridays in a row from mid-end of February.
Participation in the course will cover all basic aspects of bicycle maintenance including stripping and rebuilding a basic bicycle.
Participation in the course is free, in terms of money, but you would be asked to commit to helping run the Bentley Bike Club, which runs on the first Sunday afternoon of the month from 1 – 5pm.
For further info or to book a place please get back to me (at bike-clubATredbricksDOTorg). Places are limited.