Global Cyclehack movement calls for DIY ideas to improve cycling accessibility for all

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This evening the marks the start of the 2016 Cyclehack project, a movement that began in Glasgow in 2013 and now stretches to 38 countries around the globe. cyclehack2

Not come across the concept before now? Cyclehack is a not for profit project that aims to tackle the barriers to cycling with tools, space and support from a global community of activists and riders, whether experienced or DIY problem solvers.

Today’s event, which you can grab tickets to here, will pair casual drinks with a line up of speakers who will discuss everything from one hour microhacks, to weekend long projects to improve cycling for the individual and the wider community.

Sarah Drummond, one of the founders, told CyclingIndustry.News: “This will mark our third year of what was initially a local project, but that we joked would go global. By 2015 that joke had turned into 25 cities declaring an interest in their own Cyclehack meets and this year it’s grown again. We’ve partners as far spread as Melbourne to Vancouver.”

Having featured in the likes of Cosmopolitian magazine, the New York Times and the Guardian, to name just a few, as well as having gained over 3.6 million Youtube hits on the below video, the movement has gained widespread attention.

Drummond continued: “The improvements to people’s cycling conditions can be minor or major. In Brussels they managed to meet the Minister for Transport and pushed for curved curbs to allow cyclists easier access, among other things. Any profits made go toward the Nobel Peace prize winning Afghan Women’s Cycling Team and a ticket for the London event will both give you access to tomorrow’s event and the two-day Camden Cyclehack.”

London Bike Kitchen are also running a collaborative event on Saturday.

Cyclists from around the globe are invited to host their own workshops, simply by registering at CycleHack.com.