On Saturday 28th April 2018 Bishops Stortford played host to the launch of a unique community event. And it is set to last for the next five months!
Hundreds of riders have already signed up to take part in The Waterbike Collective, a 1000-mile waterbike relay run by social enterprise SayYesMore, which will pass through major English cities this Summer, with a different captain at the helm each day.
I’ve already written about how I am part of the Yes Tribe, and this new adventure is a great way to join in with an Adventure while also doing something great for the environment.
As the specially made waterbike, known as a Schiller Bike, will travel around the country. Groups will help collect litter along the route, with the aim of removing one million pieces of rubbish from our waterways, towpaths and countryside.
The project was the idea of the record-breaking adventurer and SayYesMore founder Dave Cornthwaite. Over the years he has travelled over 20,000 miles under his own steam on a variety of different non-motorised vehicles. He’s skateboarded across Australia, paddleboarded the Mississippi River and in 2017 travelled a record 1250 miles along Norway’s coastline on a Schiller Bike. This year, he’s swapped his own journeys for organising one for many others.
“This is a great opportunity for the public to enjoy a little adventure, but at the same time be a part of something so much greater,” Cornthwaite says, “the Schiller Bike is a fun, safe way to travel and it’s a head-turner that will inspire people to look after our beautiful countryside.”
The journey is passing through London in early May, before heading north through Leicester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Leeds and Manchester. Towards the end of the Summer residents of Birmingham, Oxford, Bristol, Bath and Reading will also have a chance.
How you can take part
To take part, they are asking for a contribution of £25 pounds. This includes a welcome pack with a free T-shirt and water bottle. This confirms you for a day on the water bike, and allow you to be part of something pretty incredible.
Unfortunately, this sits just outside the £10 Adventures I have planned this summer, but I can’t wait for them to be in Manchester and cheer them on. Check out the route and if they are heading your way make sure to go out and take part. If you don’t feel like travelling by waterbike, join in with a litter pick on the route.
You can Find out more on www.sayyesmore.com/waterbikeco
Also published on Medium.