The Family Bike Club- Electrify Our Fleet & Cargo!

by The Family Bike Club in Enfield, England, United Kingdom

Total raised £8,746

raised so far

104

supporters

We want to remove the last barriers to active travel access. Local cycling can be an intimidating activity for the few. We will change this

by The Family Bike Club in Enfield, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 27th September 2023 we'd raised £6,454 with 74 supporters in 111 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

In a word (or words!)... Electrify Electrify Electrify... Long tail long tail long tail.....Cargo Cargo Cargo! 

The more we can raise the more of our existing fleet that we can convert... and the more local people we can reach to give active travel a try! Electric assisted bikes help a wider demographic keep cycling or take up cycling for the very first time. And especially where carrying kids in tow is concerned; having the safety of a boost up a hill means that many more less experienced cyclists will feel confident in trying out two wheels for their local transit.

Raising 5k will mean we can electrify 5 bikes. Raising 10k, 10 bikes (or more if we can negotiate a quantity discount!)... you get the picture!

This could mean 10 different cars taken off the road on one week; and when the switch is made permanent and families decide that it definitely works for them (and is a much more fun way to travel!) and have the confidence to make the leap permanently, this then multiplies every week that passes!

If we can raise some really amazing funds, we would also endeavour to offer a couple of ultra-functional (non-child) cargo carrying machines, to help local people carry out any local weekend jobs (e.g. trips to the recycling centre) on two wheels! The more we raise the more options we can offer on this front.

We would also like to invest some monies in the final refurbishment of our hub; with some final painting (and possible locally-sourced artwork!) splashed onto our main exteriors, to really let people know we are here and ready to serve them (and DEFINITELY not still a newsagent, as existed a fair while ago now!)

The main mural installation we hope will incorporate a tangibly local-landmark-homage flavour! Not to give too much away now, but we hope to provide a small additional daily source of joy for the passing commuters and other local residents alike.


*British Airways, via their community fund, are very kindly offering to match any donations (up to a maximum of £250 per donation). So any support is doubled at the least!

**Now 30% project total pledged by Sport England! 🙏🙏 (Provided we reach our overall target)

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WHO WE ARE

We are the Family Bike Club, a not-for-profit social enterprise (limited by guarantee) offering hire & servicing from our hub based at Enfield Chase train station in north London. We are passionate (beyond passion!) about all things local cycling. We offer a family-focused ultra-accessible cycle hire provision designed to give local residents a stepping stone to make the transition out of their cars and onto active travel options for any and all of their local journeys, to engage with the local landscape once more.

We have the small but noble aim of providing a fulcrum to deliver an impetus for local residents to more easily access active travel. We believe that when more journeys are undertaken actively, not only does this create a more inviting and cleaner public realm for all to enjoy via the lowering of transport emissions & congestion; it also boosts the health of those making the switch by introducing more activity into their days; and gives family wellbeing a boost also. And also when transporting little ones naturally creates many more smiles for local miles in the process! Win Win Win!

We are passionate about doing our small bit at a local level to help Enfield residents lower our collective carbon footprint and generally empowering residents in their local area and to feel connected to it.

THE JOURNEY SO FAR

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We have taken some very strong strides (or turned some first few starter pedal revolutions!) in our quest to create access for all. We have refurbished and kitted out our hub to establish our hire and library offering of all things family friendly cycling. We have been positively buoyed by the reception we have been given by our community here in Enfield and the obvious mutual desire for us to survive and prosper as a service for that community into the longterm.

In this regard, we have made very pleasing progress in delivering for local residents. We have also repaired and serviced a small peloton of local bikes to get them back on the road. We have refurbished and redistributed donated kids bikes. We have joined and led our own group rides to some amazing local destinations. We have partnered with specialist recycling handlers to ensure we are playing our part to help the local community avoid sending cycle-related materials into landfill (and have already recirculated close to half a tonne of inner tubes!). And last but by no means least, we have slowly tailored our library of all things cycling to suit the requests and needs of local people.

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OUR MISSION

With this latter mission in mind, we want to go one final mile. We now need to complete the last piece of the jigsaw. We want to open out our provision to all demographics; including those who are not accomplished cyclists already, or who might need that extra boost, especially with any precious (but possibly slight weighty!) small cargo in-tow! Being located on a hill ourselves and in an area where gradients frequently rise and fall; we know there is one way to help residents even more take their first few pedals; this is by offering electric options on all our current fleet.

This will open out our bikes to demographics who (understandably) are apprehensive and who believe travelling actively might be beyond them and inspire the last bit of confidence needed to get on two wheels locally and to take in the full (and quite green!) vista that Enfield can quite uniquely offer its residents.

A COVID-RECOVERY BOOST

We are also very aware that recent health epidemics have been unforgiving in leaving very few people not affected in some way, and the aftershocks very much continue to linger and impact lifestyles for many. Assisted bikes are an amazingly powerful tool to help any local residents who have suffered from any health effects, particularly those who might have suffered more than most, to start to reclaim their activity levels that they once were able to enjoy, and to build from here.

EXPANDING LOCAL HORIZONS & LOCAL ACTIVE ROUTEMAPS

As one of the larger boroughs in London (by landmass) it is critical we can offer solutions that fully enable residents across the whole terrain and to access our lesser discovered gems or those not yet encountered previously to really inspire local people on their daily journeys. Whether it be trips out to the Lee Valley parks and towpaths; Tottenham marshes; Walthamstow Wetlands; Capel Manor or Forty Hall; we want to fully empower this engagement with no barriers.

HOW ANY PLEDGE MONIES WILL BE SPENT

We intend to, in order of priority to-

1. Convert as many of our existing fleet to electric-assisted bikes as possible (currently we can only offer 2 of our fleet of 15); as well as maybe acquiring one or two additional items that are factory-built electric models if funds ultimately allow. Doing any of this is not cheap however- a standard electric conversion costs around £1000; and buying something already electric typically costs far north of this.

We are determined to not let this cost be a barrier for our community however, hence we find ourselves here, we hope for the final time, with one last ask, to deliver mobility for all in Enfield, and beyond in north London.

If we are really able to hit our targets we also have the small desire to 

2. Offer an additional offering of ultra functional non-child electrified cargo, to serve local residents with a genuine alternative for any of their weekend tasks- e.g. diy jobs that require trips to be made to the local recycling centre, could now be taken on two wheels! This is our last ambition. 

Our shopping list of electric-conversions for our current fleet includes-

3 x 2-child compact long-tail cargo bikes (Yuba Kombi models). The ultimate family local journey machine (in our, admittedly slightly biased, opinion!) With electric boost these will sail through any local routes no matter the inclines or the growing mass of any younger cargo as months go by!  

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2 x 2-3 child long long-tail cargo bikes (Yuba Mundo models). The ultimate all-duty expanded-family local journey warrior! Designed to carry more. Fit 3 small children (3-6 year olds) on the rear rack. Help us boost this amazing machine so that everyone can feel confident and glide around fore-to-the-aft on two wheels no matter how many little lifts you are giving!

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1 x Cargo Box Bike- for that added functionality and multi-use cargo purposes, very much enjoys seeing the local sites! Perfect for those multi task weekend outings; loves going to the recycling centre; hauling DIY materials; as well carrying precious small ones!

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1 x Regular tandem (Orbit model)- for adult friends or companions who want to collaborate on the pedal power! The perfect 2 wheeled vehicle for anyone rider who is less confident or who might struggle with balance abilities and who could benefit from a partner to help them get back in the saddle. Sharing (the journey) is caring!

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1 x Semi recumbent tandem (Hase Pino model)- Our personal favourite tandem option in our fleet (so much so we have two!) Features a canvas mesh semi-recumbent front stoker seat for riders who need an extra level of support on their journey or who have any impairments that might prohibit access to ordinary cycling; with a great view of the landscapes you are moving through to boot! The rear pilot has an entirely unobstructed view and full control of braking. Independent freewheels mean that the front rider can join in the cycling or coast according to their own fitness levels and preference on the ride! The ultimate tandem experience

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OUR MEMBERSHIPS- REWARDS

We also wanted to use this opportunity to formally launch our new and wonderfully sleek hire and membership platform that has been amazingly kindly developed by a small but incredibly dedicated team of Enfield-based Microsoft developers (very generously using their volunteer days for us). To this end we are offering some extra special membership rewards via the crowdfunder to say a thank you to them, and to the community once more, and let any pledgees have some quite special early access to the new equipment we are hopefully able to assemble.

We thank you for reading and are massively grateful for any support, monetary or otherwise, to help spread the word.

Here's to many more smiles for many more local miles

Happy & safe local pedalling in the meantime


The Family Bike Club Team

*British Airways, via their community fund, are very kindly offering to match any donations (up to a maximum of £250 per donation). So any support is doubled at the least! (We hope to also apply for a couple of other funds post-launch that might raise this match-level further)

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Select a reward

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

BOGOF Adult Pass to Capel Manor Gardens!

As part of our push (bike!) to expand local cycling horizons and really expand possibilities for local engagement we are delighted to renew our collaboration with Capel Manor Gardens who are kindly offering our members 2 for 1 on Adult admission passes when travelling by bike! This is part of a wider push to create a map of local value for active travellers. Many thanks to Capel Manor for being a core partner with us on this journey

£1 or more

TENNIS TASTER SESSION- ADULT- BY PH TENNIS ENFIELD

Grab a taster group coaching session for yourself or your kids and get back your primal health courtesy of PH Tennis! Join one of their innovative coaching sessions and see your game and fitness rise! Suitable for all abilities. Claim your unique code to book a session at a time of your choosing; in either Enfield or Cuffley areas. Sessions last 1.5 hours. Booking will cost a notional £1 on PH website- total price £2! Normal cost £15!

£1 or more

TENNIS TASTER SESSION- KIDS- BY PH TENNIS ENFIELD

Grab a taster group coaching session for yourself or your kids and get back your primal health courtesy of PH Tennis! Join one of their innovative coaching sessions and see your game and fitness rise! Suitable for all abilities. Claim your unique code to book a session at a time of your choosing; in either Enfield or Cuffley areas. Sessions last 1.5 hours. Booking will cost a notional £1 on PH website- total price £2! Normal cost £15!

£1 or more

50% OFF ANY COFFEE @ LEO'S, ENFIELD CHASE

Need a sumptuous java boost to get you back into the swing post summer breaks? We have teamed up with Leo's (the best brew in town in our humble opinion) to provide you with the perfect tonic- choose ANY delicious beverage at Leo's Coffee, and receive a whopping 50% discount! Available for redemption until the end of September only. Find Leo's on Platform 1 at Enfield Chase

£2 or more

PG FEST- PRIZE DRAW GALORE- FRONT LIGHTS! X4!

Palmers Green Festival Prize Draw Grab your chance to win one of 4 latest technology front lights.. with the latest MANY lumen technology! Get Autumn and Winter Ready! Prize draw will only take place if 10 entries received for each draw, otherwise all pledges will be fully refunded. Thank you and Good luck!

£2 or more

10% OFF THE BEST WAFFLES IN THE LAND @ CHI CHIS

Fancy treating yourself to the ultimate brunch stop in North London? Look no further than Chi Chi's Waffle and Brunch House. Treat yourself and dining partner to 10% off any waffles of your choice and lap up the fine floral-inspired surroundings and best in class service that Chi Chis is renowned for delivering. Redeemable until Christmas 2023. Enjoy!

£3 or more

PG FEST- PRIZE DRAW GALORE- HELMETS! X3! ALL SIZES

Palmers Green Festival Prize Draw Grab your chance to win one of 3 helmets (adults or kids options.. complete with rear light models!) Get Autumn and Winter Ready! 3 Chances to win! Different sizes available. Prize draw will only take place if 10 entries received for each draw, otherwise all pledges will be fully refunded. Thank you and Good luck!

£5 or more

3 Month Kids Balance Unlimited Hires 66% OFF!

Balance bikes & (manual) scooters for unlimited hire for 3 months! Different options will be available from different providers. Let your child have freedom to choose and watch them wobble off into the sunset! Unlimited hires, one item at a time. Free hub-art also included! Helmets provided with every balance hire. Knee and wrist pads available on request. Suitable for 1-7 year olds (older ages suitab

£5 or more

TFBC Service & Parts Reward- 50% Winter Boost!

Is your bike in need of a tune-up? Does your bike need some winter-ready new tyres and lights? Receive money off your next service (or put it simply towards parts). Our standard service is only £30; tubes start from £4 and tyres start from £10. PLUS- Any pledge is boosted with 50% more service value e.g. £5 pledge- receive £7.50 worth of service or parts credit! Redeemable in-store for services or also online for parts-only order

£7 or more

Adult & Tag-a-long Full Setup- 1 Month- 50% OFF!

Get 1 month's access to a standard adult bike & child tagalong, nothing else needed! Different varieties available. Includes kids single tagalongs where they can help with pedal power! Suitable for children aged 3-6 years old. Complimentary fitting. Safety flags and helmets provided.

£8 or more

Win a Tagalong PRIZE DRAW

Redefine your family cycling horizons & claim your entry to our tagalong Prize Draw! Grab your chance to win an amazing Weeride Pro Pilot trailer courtesy of our partnership with Weeride. Full setup and induction provided with the winning entry! RRP £229! Draw will be made upon successful culimantion of crowdfund (otherwise all pledges reimbursed in any case) Draw will be fully adjudicated for transparency purposes

£10 or more

Child Bike Seat Membership- 2 Months- HALF PRICE!

Get a 2 month access to our range of rear; top tube; and front mounted child seats. Different varieties will be made available, both by way of models and colour options. Helmets & safety accessories provided FOC. Fitting is always offered together with safety induction, on a complimentary basis £10 or more

£10 or more

TFBC Service & Parts Reward- 50% Winter Boost!

Is your bike in need of a tune-up? Does your bike need some winter-ready new tyres and lights? Receive money off your next service (or put it simply towards parts). Our standard service is only £30; tubes start from £4 and tyres start from £10. PLUS- Any pledge is boosted with 50% more service value e.g. £10 pledge- receive £15 worth of service or parts credit! Redeemable in-store for services or also online for parts-only orders.

£12 or more

Win 3 in 1 TRAILER PRIZE DRAW

Redefine your local cycling horizons and claim your entry to our Trailer Prize Draw! Grab your chance to win an amazing Weeride 3-in-1 trailer courtesy of our partnership with Weeride. Full setup and induction provided with the winning entry! RRP £300! Draw will be made upon culimantion of crowdfund and successful raise of money target (otherwise all pledges reimbursed in any case) Draw will be fully adjudicated for transparency purposes

£20 or more

TFBC Service & Parts Reward- 50% Winter Boost!

Is your bike in need of a tune-up? Does your bike need some winter-ready new tyres and lights? Receive money off your next service (or put it simply towards parts). Our standard service is only £30; tubes start from £4 and tyres start from £10. PLUS- Any pledge is boosted with 50% more service value e.g. £20 pledge- receive £30 worth of service or parts credit! Redeemable in-store for services or also online for parts-only orders.

£30 or more

TFBC Service & Parts Reward- 50% Winter Boost!

Is your bike in need of a tune-up? Does your bike need some winter-ready new tyres and lights? Receive money off your next service (or put it simply towards parts). Our standard service is only £30; tubes start from £4 and tyres start from £10. PLUS- Any pledge is boosted with 50% more service value e.g. £20 pledge- receive £30 worth of service or parts credit! Redeemable in-store for services or also online for parts-only orders

£40 or more

ELECTRIC LONG-TAIL CARGO AUGUST HIRE 50% OFF

If we can raise successfully- be the first to access to our (hoped for!) electric long tail cargo fleet! Do the school run in style and with new ease! We intend to offer a variety of existing fleet, once converted, for new and improved electric "whoosh"-hire! This will include compact (2 child) and long(!)- long tails (2-3 child)! Includes setup to suit your family's requirements; together with helmets and induction.

£40 or more

ELECTRIC LONG-TAIL CARGO SEPTEMBER HIRE 50% OFF

If we can raise successfully- be the first to access to our (hoped for!) electric long tail cargo fleet! Do the school run in style and with new ease! We intend to offer a variety of existing fleet, once converted, for new and improved electric "whoosh"-hire! This will include compact (2 child) and long(!)- long tails (2-3 child)! Includes setup of any accessories to suit your family's requirements; together with induction & helmet hire

£45 or more

ELECTRIC BOX CARGO AUGUST HIRE 50% OFF

Be the first to access to our (hoped for!) electric box cargo fleet! Do the diy/ recycling trip run in new style and with new ease! We intend to offer a variety of box fleet, once converted, for new and improved electric "whoosh"-hire! This will include our small set of existing box bikes; well as one new addition if we are lucky! Includes setup of any attachments to suit your requirements. Transferable if we cannot fullfil in August

£45 or more

ELECTRIC BOX CARGO SEPTEMBER HIRE 50% OFF

Be the first to access to our (hoped for!) electric box cargo fleet! Do the diy/ recycling trip run in new style and with new ease! We intend to offer a variety of box fleet, once converted, for new and improved electric "whoosh"-hire! This will include our small set of existing box bikes; well as one new addition if we are lucky! Includes setup of any attachments to suit your requirements, together with induction and helmet hire.

£50 or more

ADVANCED SERVICE- ALL LABOUR & BASIC PARTS INC

Is your bike in need of some TLC? Been stashed away over more wintry months and in need of a general tune up? Treat your bike or a family member's bike to a service and we will get you back in the saddle. Our service includes- Bike condition complete audit- ABCDE checks Gear adjustment & indexing Brake alignment & brake block replacement where needed Chain & component degreasing, cleaning & relubricating

£60 or more

3 MONTH ELECTRIC LONG-TAIL WEEKEND ACCESS 50% OFF

Do the weekend sports class runs; shopping trips et al in style and with new ease! Includes 3 month's unlimited weekend access. Saturday am- Sunday pm (Friday pickup on request) Choose from any of our newly converted fleet for electric "whoosh"-hire! Choose a different long tail each time to suit your weekend activity! (1 kid & cargo; 2 kid etc!) Includes access to setup to suit your family's requirements; together with helmets & induction

£75 or more

3 MONTH ELECTRIC LONG-TAIL WEEKDAY ACCESS 50% OFF

Do the school runs; after-school club runs et al in style and with new ease! Includes 3 month's unlimited weekday access. Monday am- Friday pm (Sunday pm pickup on request) Choose from any of our newly converted fleet for electric "whoosh"-hire! Choose a different long tail each time to suit your week's activities! (1 kid & cargo; 2 kid etc!) Includes access to setup to suit your family's requirements together with helmets & induction

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