Host: East Street Arts
Venue: Juliana’s Bike Marquee, Skyride, Cookridge St, Leeds
Dates & Times: Sun July 7th 2013, 10am-4pm
On Sunday 7th July it will be almost a year to the day before the world’s biggest cycling event, the Tour de France, kicks off in Leeds city centre. The Skyride event takes place on 7 July and involves a mass cycle ride around Leeds, with roads closed to traffic & events happening around the city.
East Street Arts will host a marquee on Cookridge Street with a smorgasbord of weird and wonderful bicycles on display. The centerpiece is Leeds’ first hotel on three wheels called ‘Juliana’s Bike’ which has been developed by a local team of artists including Dave Lynch, Jon Wakeman, Karen Watson, Chris Woolgather, Juliana Bellente and Darwin Construction.
‘Juliana’s Bike’ is an open source design adapted from a three wheeled rickshaw frame and includes a space to sleep, a wood burning stove, toilet, lights, sink, and an awning for riders to sit outside and watch the world go by. If you’d like to come along and see the bike in action (or even try it out) the finished bike will be on display during the day at Skyride, and will be cycling around the route with members of the public.
The marquee has a plethora of exciting events happening throughout the day including East Street Arts Social Club & Café, Papergirl Leeds’ art exhibition inspired by the cycling papergirls & boys in America, a cycling song themed community jukebox, a bike customising workshop (learn how to embellish your bike with recycled trims & make your own bicycle clothing) with Scrap Creative Reuse Art Project/ Remade in Leeds/Pedallers’ Arms, an open exhibition and competition showcasing Leeds’ finest customised bikes, Adam Young’s Citizen Bike (a new interactive artwork inviting the public to cycle 3500km on an exercise bike with a live webcam feed against the official Tour de France riders), and fresh bread delivered by bike from the Leeds Bread Co-op.