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Cycling and the Circular Economy: does the Imagine Project open the way to a more sustainable future? -- 11 May 2017

I would be grateful for your thoughts on the event described below.  I am keen to make it as useful as possible.  I am particularly keen to know if any of your contacts can help deliver the aims described at the bottom – and might be interested in attending this event at our offices in the city centre.

 

We are working on this with Bike West Midlands Network and the Colmore BID Bicycle User Group but this is not just about cycling.  The Imagine Project has the potential to contribute to manufacturing businesses across the region and by encouraging the circular economy  to help create reduce waste and pollution with all the health and other benefits that would involve.  

 

Please let me know if you know anyone we should add to the invitation list, and let me have any other comments you can offer.

 

Meanwhile, have a great weekend.

 

Thanks,

 

Shivaji

 

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On Thursday 11 May, we will be holding an event here at our offices at which cyclo-cross champ and game-changing entrepreneur Isla Rowntree will describe her aims for the Imagine Project  (http://www.islabikes.co.uk/imagineproject)

 and Andrew Ritchie, the founder and designer of Brompton Bicycles will highlight some of the challenges.  After the two structured speaking slots, lasting no more than an hour in total, there  will be a question and answer session and an opportunity for networking over light refreshments.

 

This is an invitation only event and we plan to draw the audience from:

 

(i)                  local manufacturing businesses,

 

(ii)                 charities with relevant environmental aims including those involved in waste management and recycling,

 

(iii)               leaders from relevant local authorities and other public bodies, including those involved in promoting economic development,

 

(iv)              academics with relevant interests, and

 

(v)                business leaders with an interest in the circular economy and/or cycling.

 

 

The team at Islabikes aim to spread the word, test their plans, and find manufacturing partners with whom they can collaborate – and I hope we can help with that. 

 

To expand on the latter aim:

 

•             Islabikes will be manufacturing bicycles in the UK and is seeking partner suppliers to develop parts to meet their circular/sustainable criteria.   Those manufacturers (not necessarily from within the cycling industry) will need to be committed to pursuing sustainable/circular manufacturing methods       and  supply.

 

•             Collaboration may simply mean a two-way sharing of ideas and thoughts relating to how circular/servitized business models can work, with a hope that this will encourage others to adopt similar models with the aim of accelerating the advancement to a circular economy

 

•             Materials flows – they will be looking to create circular materials flows, with our materials coming from ‘waste’ from other industries and our waste feeding into others. In this way they aim to ensure material value is not lost through downgrading and alleviate reliance on raw material resources.

 

•             Expertise – identifying manufacturers with particular expertise relevant to the project e.g. long life fatigue testing, remanufacturing, specific material reprocessing specialists etc.

 

Regards

 

Shivaji

 

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doug salmon said:

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You can now find details of this event here: https://newsroom.anthonycollins.com/events/cycling-and-the-circular...

Shivaji

Looks interesting. Fingers crossed there might be cycle parking outside by then. 


Shivaji Shiva said:

You can now find details of this event here: https://newsroom.anthonycollins.com/events/cycling-and-the-circular...

Shivaji

That'd be good ...

I am pleased to say that preparations for this event are going well.  Confirmed  delegates include representatives of the organisations listed below.  It is a great mix of manufacturers, academics, cycle campaigners, council representatives and others - it promises to be a great evening. 

We have a few places remaining so let me know if you would like to attend (shivaji.shiva@anthonycollins,com).

 

Thanks very much

 

Shivaji

 

Warwick University

Systra Ltd

Birmingham City Council

Birmingham City University

Cycling UK

Schwalbe Tyres UK Ltd

Director of Public Health

University of Birmingham

Sustrans

Whippett Folding Bikes

London Midland

Systra Ltd

Trikes and Bikes, Sutton Coldfield

Birmingham City Council

Localise West Midlands

Reynolds Technology Ltd

Systra Ltd

Big Frank's Bike Hire

Cycle4U Birmingham

Wolverhampton City Council

Director of Transport for the Black Country Consortium.

 

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I would like to invite you to Cycling and the Circular Economy, an event which we are running in partnership with the Bike West Midlands Network.  The event will take place on 11 May 2017 from 16:30 to 18:30 at our offices at 134 Edmund Street in central Birmingham.  Please join us to hear how the Imagine Project can help us achieve a more sustainable future.

 

Cycling is a remarkably efficient and environmentally friendly way to get around. However, manufacturing everywhere is usually based on taking raw materials, turning them into products and when they are finished with, throwing them away. This is wasteful and unsustainable and it has to change. There must be a better way.  The Imagine Project is a pioneering project attempting to rethink the way bicycles are made and supplied. The aim is to design bicycles so that they last longer and when they finally reach the end of their lives all raw materials can be separated and reused.

 

Cyclo-cross champ and game-changing entrepreneur, Isla Rowntree, will describe her aims for the  Imagine Project and Andrew Ritchie, the founder and designer of Brompton Bicycles will highlight some of the challenges. As well as hearing from Isla and Andrew, there will be a question and answer session and an opportunity for networking over light refreshments.

 

You can find more details here: https://newsroom.anthonycollins.com/events/cycling-and-the-circular...

 

This is not just about cycling. The Imagine Project has the potential to contribute to manufacturing businesses across the region and, by encouraging the circular economy, to help reduce waste and pollution with all the health and other benefits that would involve.

 

We would be delighted if you are able to attend.  If not, please feel free to extend the invitation to others who may be interested in these issues. 

 

This is intended as part of an occasional series of workshops on broadly environmental issues (which for these purposes includes encouraging active travel and recreation as a component of a healthy lifestyle).  I would be interested in any thoughts you have on topics we should cover or even topics you would like to help us address.

is there a video from the event ? Couldn't make it on the evening as at work in Wolverhampton .jk

Hi John - Some video was taken.  I hope to review it next week and can share it with you then.  Do you know anyone who might be willing/able to edit it down to create a short video of the event?

Thanks,

Shivaji

I used to, but not now I have changed jobs.

Shivaji Shiva said:

Hi John - Some video was taken.  I hope to review it next week and can share it with you then.  Do you know anyone who might be willing/able to edit it down to create a short video of the event?

Thanks,

Shivaji

Thanks anyway John.

Can anyone else out there help?

Shivaji

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