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Eco bikes, allotment greens and farm animals at Gloucestershire Green Fair

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: March 02, 2014

Steve Rossiter with smoothy making bike

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By making small lifestyle changes, we can all do our bit to make Gloucestershire greener.

That was the message being drummed home at a Gloucestershire Green Fair put on at Blackfriars Priory by eco-charity Vision 21.

As well as showcasing the organisation’s work, it was a chance to promote innovative ways to live greener, healthier, more sustainable lifestyles.

Among the stand-out attractions was a bike-powered smoothy maker supplied by the Gloucester Bike Project.

Mechanic Steve Rossiter said: “It’s an interesting way of showing how energy from pedal power can be transformed into something totally different, but useful.

"This kind of technology could be used for providing electricity in countries where there is not a readily-available supply."

There were also cooking demonstrations using ingredients fresh from the allotment, composting and energy saving tips and attractions for children including a farm animal pen and story-telling sessions.

Dave Entwistle, senior manager at Vision 21, said: “The whole day went really well and we had lots of people coming in saying how much they enjoyed it.

“It’s about changing people’s attitudes, getting them to help save the planet by making simple lifestyle choices.

"This is the second event like this we have put on and we hope to make it an annual thing."

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  • RoadWombat  |  March 03 2014, 11:22AM

    Thanks for putting me right on that, whitemanwalki. It goes to show that the poor choice in using a newly painted and logo'd up contraption isn't helping to get their message across. It would have been conveyed in a much better way if they'd used an obviously recycled bike for the demo. However, my misunderstanding is also down to poor reporting from the Citizen as nowhere in the article does it explain what you have just told us!).

  • whitemanwalki  |  March 02 2014, 8:37PM

    If you had done a little research, you'd find that the Gloucestershire Bike Project is a non-profit organisation which relies on volunteers, so I hardly think making money is what their after. Sure, the "bike contraption" used energy in it's production, but that's not where the importance lies. The smoothie bike is an engagement tool which, in turn, informed and encouraged citizens of Gloucester to think about how they travel. For example, choosing to walk or cycle instead of driving, thus doing their bit to live a little more sustainability. In short, the means justify the ends. Furthermore, the plastic sheet was most likely provided by the Blackfriars Priory to protect the delicate 13th century floor.

  • RoadWombat  |  March 02 2014, 6:05PM

    So the bike contraption he's using is a brand-new, purpose-built affair, wasting energy through its production, unnecessarily painted and logo'd up, resting on a plastic sheet that, again, is new and took energy and oil to make. A true "green machine" would be made from a recycled old bike from the tip. Another attempt to make money out of pushing the "green agenda", methinks!

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