With support from the Access Bike Project and The Bike Drop, Cargo Bikes of Stroud organises a monthly family-friendly ‘market ride’. The Bike Drop provide free drinks for cyclists, and Access Bike support the ride by bringing a soundsystem.

The idea is to get together with other local cyclists and build the sense of community, celebrate cycling, push for better cycling infrastructure along the A419 and around the district… and have fun!

The next monthly bike ride is a special ride to show community support for the enterprises and community based in and around Brimscombe Mill – including The Bike Drop, Kids Stuff, the Furniture Bank, and the Long Table – which currently face eviction due to a change in ownership of the Mill.

For the monthly rides, we ride as a group along the A419 in a group into town, protecting younger and less confident riders and riding at the speed of the slowest rider (taking opportunities to pull off the road to let cars pass when possible).

Upcoming rides

Saturday 13th April – Brimscombe Mill Community Support Mass Ride

Saturday 13th April is a Community Support Mass Ride for the enterprises based in Brimscombe Mill 1pm – organised by Cargo Bikes of Stroud with support from The Bike Drop (who are based in Brimscombe Mill) and Access Bike. It’s also the The Bike Drop’s monthly Big Bike Sale Day from 10am-4pm

Come down to the Mill for the morning, have a coffee, browse Kids
Stuff and The Furniture Bank and have an informal chat about
how to support the projects based at the Mill – as they face eviction with a change in the building’s ownership – as part of their #FillTheMill campaign!

The monthly Cargo Bikes of Stroud mass ride into Stroud Town Centre will be setting off at a later time allowing for lunch at The Long Table. Meanwhile, The Bike Drop will have all their glorious refurbished bikes spread out through Brimscombe Mills for you to inspect, test ride and buy!

The ride travels along the A419 to Stroud, travelling at the speed of the slowest rider (generally a six year old at about 6mph!), and forming a block around younger and less confident riders. The ride finishes at 10 John St in Stroud, where the Access Bike Project has a pop-up shop, and next to Stroud Farmers’ Market in the Cornhill (the market finishes at 2pm).


Monthly ‘Market Ride’ bike rides

Riders meet at Brimscombe Mills (home of the Long Table and other Grace Network enterprises)and can enjoy a free drink, courtesy of the Bike Drop – who want to encourage social rides in the area. Rides head as a group along the A419 in a group into town, protecting younger and less confident riders and riding at the speed of the slowest rider (taking opportunities to pull off the road to let cars pass when possible). We finish in Stroud around 30 minutes after setting off. After the ride, riders are often welcome to stay and chat at Access at 10 John St (the old Electric Bike Shop), which is open until 2pm.

You are welcome to buy lunch in the market/Stroud and bring it into the space for some time socialising and chatting about Stroud’s cycling community. Some months, there is also an option to ride as a group from Stroud to Brimscombe – meeting at 10 John Street.

What are the rides like?

“It’s a great way to get to the Farmers Market and not have to worry about parking at the other end. People are coming along who haven’t got the confidence to ride alone regularly, because they’re scared of the roads. But when we’re a group together, people feel safer and can really experience the joys of riding a bike”, said Cllr Beki Aldam, an organiser of the ride and co-founder of the Cargo Bikes of Stroud group.

Nick Adams, who rides a cargo bike and designed the posters for the ride, said, “The monthly ride attracts riders of all ages. It’s fantastic to see families with cargo bikes, older people on electric bikes, and even a dog snuggled into the pannier of one rider. Santa being there [at the December ride] made it extra special for my son this time round.”

Thanks to the Stroud News and Journal for covering the Christmas ride.

Santa riding a bike and waving, with around 30 cyclists behind him, as one of the monthly bike rides passes the Waitrose roundabout in Stroud
Santa joins the ride in December 2022, leading it alongside Beki Aldam.

Other events

We have also hosted a screening of the documentary MOTHERLOAD, and a suffrage-themed ride and women in cycling discussion to mark International Women’s Day, have held social rides around Stroud town, and plan to hold events where people can take bikes on test rides in the future.