Stepping through into the shaded green space of the community garden, I'd set up a reading area. Bench, stand and all were transported by my big trailer (in the background). Debz had brought her Challenge Alize trike along - see the Issue 33 review:
Opposite us was this splendid pedal powered fan for the forge of 'O&Co Blacksmiths' (no website currently, but contact them via Ollyboyett@gmail.com or 07956143316):
Which was being pedalled most of the day by eager young legs:
Up at the end of the garden was the pedal powered main stage, where some fantastic local bands did their thing:
The pedal powered generator system for the PA was based around a Staller Octos seven-seater trike, and though it proved occasionally temperamental, with the help of solar-panel backup the sound system pumped out the music:
All in all a lovely event, with a great atmosphere. Most of the visitors were locals, coming in for a beer, to chill out in the garden, listen to the music and to mingle - and perhaps to boggle at some of the bikes! A good time was had by all, cyclists or not...
It was also a great gathering for many of the 'alternative' cyclists of York - at least those not otherwise committed at the Yorkshire Bike Show or other TdF related events.
It was especially lovely to meet a Velo Vision reader who had travelled down from Newcastle especially for the event, and a strong contingent of readers from the British Human Power Club too...
Many thanks to all the organisers and supporters - 10 out of 10 from me for a great first-time event. Here's hoping it'll be back again next year!
I am Olly Boyett of O&Co Blacksmiths. Thanks for posting the great pictures of me and the forge at the velocipede festival. Unfortunately I don't have a website at the moment but if people would like to get in contact with me to ask about commissions, blacksmithing lessons or taking the forge to an event don't hesitate to call or email.
Thanks Olly! I've added the contact details to the story :-)