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Bishophill Velocipede Festival - in pictures!

A photo report from York's newest festival, celebrating pedal powered invention... now updated with a video.

Posted by Peter Eland on Friday 25 Jul 2014

Held on the busy Tour de France weekend, the Bishophill Velocipede Festival was, as we previously reported, a lovely local event held in collaboration with the community-owned Golden Ball Pub and on the Bishophill Community Garden. The event's supporters included Velo Vision and local cycle promotion and disability cycling specialists Get Cycling.

The event closed the roads outside the pub:

Bishophill Velocipede Festival photo copyright Peter Eland/Velo Vision Ltd

There were art bikes:

Bishophill Velocipede Festival photo copyright Peter Eland/Velo Vision Ltd

And even a C5!

Bishophill Velocipede Festival photo copyright Peter Eland/Velo Vision Ltd

In the background above is one of the big multi-seaters from event supporters Get Cycling, who had also organised a children's try-out area:

Bishophill Velocipede Festival photo copyright Peter Eland/Velo Vision Ltd

Steve was there from Two Hoots Ice Cream with his solar-powered vending trike. The panels on the canopy charge a battery over the rear wheel, which powers the refrigerator unit for long days off-grid:

Bishophill Velocipede Festival photo copyright Peter Eland/Velo Vision Ltd

His rather fine rear panniers were originally designed for a motorbike:

Bishophill Velocipede Festival photo copyright Peter Eland/Velo Vision Ltd

Family transport was represented by this Nihola (and plenty of tandems were also parked up):

Bishophill Velocipede Festival photo copyright Peter Eland/Velo Vision Ltd

There was a pedal-powered charging facility for mobile phones:

Bishophill Velocipede Festival photo copyright Peter Eland/Velo Vision Ltd

And entertainment for the children from Professor Fiddlesticks, who transports his act in a Surly trailer:

Bishophill Velocipede Festival photo copyright Peter Eland/Velo Vision Ltd

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:

Bishophill Velocipede Festival photo copyright Peter Eland/Velo Vision Ltd

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):

Bishophill Velocipede Festival photo copyright Peter Eland/Velo Vision Ltd

Which was being pedalled most of the day by eager young legs:

Bishophill Velocipede Festival photo copyright Peter Eland/Velo Vision Ltd

Up at the end of the garden was the pedal powered main stage, where some fantastic local bands did their thing:

Bishophill Velocipede Festival photo copyright Peter Eland/Velo Vision Ltd

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:

Bishophill Velocipede Festival photo copyright Peter Eland/Velo Vision Ltd

The Pink Milkfloat Letterpress had gone pedal powered for the day, on the back of one of the Cycles Maximus trikes used by the St Nicholas Fields kerbside recycling service:

Bishophill Velocipede Festival photo copyright Peter Eland/Velo Vision Ltd

And finally:

Bishophill Velocipede Festival photo copyright Peter Eland/Velo Vision Ltd

Anyone know who built these? Nice work!

Bishophill Velocipede Festival photo copyright Peter Eland/Velo Vision Ltd

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!

UPDATE: This video of the event just in:


Posted by ollyblacksmith on Thursday 24 Jul 2014

Hello 

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.

Ollyboyett@gmail.com
07956143316

Thanks 

 
Posted by peter on Friday 25 Jul 2014
Thanks Olly! I've added the contact details to the story :-)

 

 
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