Velocampus and the bike hub


hope everyone had a good summer and welcome if you are new to Green Action and the union.

I’m doing a work placement this year with the Utravelactive project who run the bike hire and the bike hub at uni.

We’d like to link up with green action more this year and get more cycling skill shares and cycling activism.

Currently there is no Cycling Forum for students or transport issues in the uni, so we were wondering if setting up a cycling forum/cycle campaigning group would be worth a shot?

It wouldn’t be a separte society but a forum for anyone interested, although we may require societies to book rooms for us (Green Action, People & Planet). The purpose of a cycling forum would be to share ideas about improving cycling, raise issues or problems about cycling in Leeds or at Uni, to Lobby the council/university to improve cycling facilities, to keep students updated about  the UtravelActive project/bike hub etc, promote critical mass etc.

Bike Hire: If anyone wants to hire a velocampus bike they are £35 for the year plus £100 deposit, but get to the bike hub quick as they will be popular. Visit  for directions to bike hub

Bike hub: If anyone is interested in helping out at the bike hub or delivering cycling promotion in schools whenever you can we’d love to have you. We have a fully kitted bike workshop, cycling information and bike hire there. Let me know if you are intereted

If you need to fix your bike or clean it the hub will be open 10am-4pm from 13th-30th September and Wednesday and Thursday 10am-4pm the rest of term.

Cycle training: Most of our team have undertaken cycling instructor courses and soon will be being fully accredited so we will be able to offer cycle training courses or informal cycle training later this year. We are also looking for experienced cyclists who could mentor less confident cyclists on their communte if interested please get in touch



Good Food for Local Communities

Sustain and the Soil Association are running a national information sharing and networking event for food co-ops, organic buying groups and CSAs  “Good Food for Local Communities – What’s the Recipe"


Aims of the day

The main aim of the day is to bring together community food initiatives from across the country to share information and explore new ideas.  We have therefore devoted most of the day to smaller group workshops giving you the chance to ask specific questions of other similar food projects, such as veg box schemes, student run food co-ops or community supported bakeries; and also to discuss common issues you’ve encountered and how to resolve them.

This is a FREE event and a vegan lunch using local organic produce is being provided.


The day is open to food co-ops, organic buying groups, community supported agriculture schemes and other similar community food outlets, and is aimed at both existing projects and those just starting up.


As well as talking to similar initiatives we hope this event will provide you with the opportunity to learn about things you may not have thought about before, such as expanding the range of produce you sell, working more directly with local growers or supplying food via different locations like schools or workplaces.

  • 20 October 2010 10.30am – 4pm
  • Bath Place at the Old Library, Leamington Spa
  • E-mail: to book

Visit to Canalside Community Farm, Leamington Spa on Tuesday 19 October 2.00-5.00pm

For those arriving the day before the conference there is the option to join an afternoon visit to Canalside Community Farm, a CSA which is providing the vegetables for our lunch at the event. There will be a farm tour and talk, and an opportunity to see the vegetable growing and to meet the people involved. If you’re interested in CSA structures or just in visiting a working farm then this is well worth attending. We will be organising free bus-taxis to and from the station in Leamington Spa at a specified time.

Evening networking opportunity 19 October

If you fancy supper in a local pub after your farm tour and the opportunity to meet other delegates, we’ll be booking a table in a nearby pub, so let us know on the booking form if you want to join in?  For those needing to stay over, we’ll be sending out info on local B&Bs shortly. (Please note that you are responsible for your own accommodation and paying for pub meals).