Investment project code: 53
The Wee Spoke Hub is an inclusive community bicycle hub and workshop space where we aim to help make cycling an affordable, attractive and accessible mode of sustainable transportation for everyday use. By applying to the Edinburgh Climate Community Fund, we aim to reopen the Wee Spoke Hub and design new workshops for under-represented groups in cycling, such as women, LGBTQ+ groups, BAME communities and people experiencing homelessness.
The workshops will help us rebuild engagement to continue offering tools and expertise to those experiencing barriers to cycling and sustainable travel. Through our programme of activities, we will offer access to learning opportunities and mentoring; provide and help users gain affordable travel support to access services, leisure activities and job opportunities; and increase their independence and social connection.
Due to SHRUB’s deep implantation in the circular economy and its strong history of activism for ecological and social justice, the Wee Spoke Hub is particularly well-placed to offer access to the benefits of cycling to under-represented groups in the cycling community and help Edinburgh Council reach our goals for change to a better future.
Location: 13 Guthrie Street, EH1 1JG
Proposed on behalf of: SHRUB is a community-led organisation that provides the opportunities, resources and inspiration to enable the Edinburgh community to live a low-impact, climate-positive lifestyle. Everything we do is led by inclusion, accessibility and participatory democracy. Empowering our community to participate in decision-making and reducing the impacts of our standard behaviours across energy use, travel, and waste are core elements of our organisation. We provide a living laboratory to test and develop sustainable behaviours through our five main projects: the Swapshop, bike maintenance and cycle skills workshops at the Wee Spoke Hub, our Food Sharing Hub (Scotland's first rescued food shop), End-of-Term Collections and a programme of upcycling workshops and events online and at our central Edinburgh Zero Waste Hub.