1 WATERBIKE, 5 MONTHS, 1000 MILES
100,000 PIECES OF PLASTIC REMOVED FROM ENGLAND’S WATERWAYS

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The Waterbike Collective journey started on April 28th 2018 in Bishop’s Storford and concludes in London’s Limehouse Basin on September 30th, having travelled almost 1000 miles thanks to the support of over 1000 volunteers.

We created this journey because we believe that adventure should be accessible to everyone and do some good at the same time. We collected over 150,000 pieces of litter together and spread a whole lot of joy to those who saw the waterbike pass by.

Thanks for saying yes and getting involved.


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Log Your Litter Pick

Wherever you are we'd love you to clean up your local region, collecting litter on your walk to work or during your morning job! Show your support to our environment by logging your pick-up here.

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PIECES OF LITTER COLLECTED SO FAR


The Route

Starting in Bishops Stortford, the waterbike travelled down the Stort and Lea rivers before travelling across London and north along the Grand Union Canal. Over five months the waterbike passed through Milton Keynes, Leicester, Nottingham. Sheffield, Leeds, Blackburn, Manchester, Wolverhampton, Gloucester, Bristol, Bath and Reading, before a final portage to Birmingham to begin the final stretch towards London. =


Meet the waterbike

The Schiller Bike is a stable, fun way to explore on water. It also happens to hold the world distance record for a waterbike.

There's a handy platform at the front for litter-picking equipment and plenty of carrying space for camping gear and personal items for each rider. It was the perfect craft for this project, thanks for supporting us Schiller Bikes!

#bettertakesaction

The Waterbike Collective is supported by KEEN Europe, who have enabled us to cover the costs necessary to carry out the initiative's aims, including producing a post-journey Plastic Clever Blueprint which will be made available to all schools in the UK. To request a copy of this, please email events@sayyesmore.com with your school's postal address. #bettertakesaction


Get Involved

Even though the Waterbike Collective has ended you can still take the waterbike for a litterpicking spin in London. Email hello@sayyesmore.com to sign up.

  1. Organise a group clean-up, wherever you live

  2. Walk alongside the waterbike in your local area, helping to collect litter and support the leg. Don't forget to log your pick-up!

  3. Accommodate/feed/support whoever is riding the waterbike through your region - they will be very grateful!

  4. Share on social media: share a positive message with our hashtags on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. We'll even write a quick copy-and-pastable sentence so you don't even need to think about it!

  5. Sponsor the project and help us run more events


Aims

People - Be part of something bigger. Aim for 1000 people to get involved.

Get Outside  - Nature is medicine. Fresh Air = New Perspective. 

Clean-Up - Protect what we know and spread the ripples of care, activity and passion. Collect 1 million pieces of trash and create a blueprint for any community pick-up project

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 Ed Gwynne takes on the River Stort on Day One of the Waterbike Collective. Image by Tanya Noble

Ed Gwynne takes on the River Stort on Day One of the Waterbike Collective. Image by Tanya Noble

 Pauline Cornthwaite leaves a lock on the Leicester Canal

Pauline Cornthwaite leaves a lock on the Leicester Canal



Friends of the Waterbike Collective

We've been supported by some wonderful friends. Click on their logos and each purchase of a product via these links will commit a donation back to the Waterbike Collective and help us continue to bring people together, outdoors.