Be a little part of something greater and join a communal waterbike relay along 1000 miles of Britain's rivers and canals in 2018. Starting in May, this project invites the public to take part in an accessible adventure, celebrate and look after our waterways, ride the waterbike for a section of the route, set up a local clean-up event or simply spread the word on social media.
This journey will be central to a national initiative designed to remove 1 million pieces of trash from our countryside, along the way encouraging everyone involved to get outside with like-minded people and appreciate the countryside that we're so lucky to be surrounded by.
So, what're you waiting for?!
TOTAL PIECES OF LITTER COLLECTED
LOG YOUR LITTER
Have you picked up some trash recently? Whether on your walk to work or at a dedicated clean-up event, let us know! We love photos of your litterpicks, either email to firstname.lastname@example.org or share on social media tagging #waterbikecollective
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 (along the coastline of Norway in 2017) and is accessible enough to allow people of all levels of fitness and abilities to safely jump on.
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. Finally, it's a really unique craft and perfect for capturing the imagination of a nation.
If you don't fancy riding the waterbike there are plenty of other ways to be a part of this project.
- Organise a group event, paddle or towpath clean-up, wherever you live
- Walk alongside the waterbike in your local area, helping to collect litter and support the leg
- Accommodate/feed/support whoever is riding the waterbike through your region - they will be very grateful!
- 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!
- Sponsor the project and help us run more events
How to join the journey
- Take a look at the map & pick a section
- Sign-up to a leg using the form below
- Once we've confirmed availability we'll send you a link so you can pay the £25 registration fee
- You're in! We'll send you a welcome pack and be in regular content so you're ready for your stint on the waterbike!
Sign Up for a Leg
This journey loops around much of England, taking on 1000 miles of waterways. As the journey continues, and depending on progress, we may add in extra legs along alternative stretches of river and canal. The voyage starts in Bishops Stortford before passing through London and heading north along the Grand Union Canal towards Milton Keynes, Leicester and Nottingham. Sheffield, Leeds, Blackburn and Manchester are just a few of the towns and cities the waterbike will pass through, with gorgeous stretches of countryside in between.
The initial loop will be completed by stretches along Shropshire's canals, the River Severn and the length of the Kennet & Avon canal. Once at Reading the waterbike will be transported north again back up to Wolverhampton, where the orange section of route will start, running through Birmingham and Oxford and following the Thames all the way back to London for a finale in September.
- Bishops Stortford to London - 28th to 30th April
- London: Limehouse to Bull's Bridge - 1st to 13th May
- London to Milton Keynes - 14th to 20th May
- Milton Keynes to Leicester - 21st to 30th May
- Leicester to Nottingham - 31st May to 3rd June
- Nottingham to Sheffield - 4th to 17th June
- Sheffield to Leeds - 18th to 26th June
- Leeds to Blackburn - 27th June to 7th July
- Blackburn to Manchester - 8th July to 15th July
- Manchester to Wolverhampton - 16th to 30th July
- Wolverhampton to Worcester - 31st July to 5th August
- Worcester to Gloucester - 6th to 9th August
- Gloucester to Bristol - 10th to 14th August
- Bristol to Bath - 15th to 17th August
- Bath to Reading - 18th to 28th August
- Wolverhampton to Birmingham - 29th August to 2nd September
- Birmingham to Warwick - 3rd to 8th September
- Warwick to Oxford - 9th to 15th September
- Oxford to Reading - 16th to 20th September
- Reading to London - 21st to the 30th September
The Ripple Effect
The Ripple Effect is SayYesMore's environmental and community action plan. One action spreads a little idea, inspiration and motivation. So we'd like to invite you to start a ripple of your own.
We think everyone should be plastic clever, so we're creating a blueprint so anybody inspired by this project can understand their own plastic consumption and organise their own clean-up, even if it's just one person on a beach or towpath, anywhere in the world. Then you can log in your findings and a picture on this page to add to our running total.
We'll be suggesting ideas for reducing plastic use and packaging for individuals and businesses, as well as providing re-usable water bottles and coffee mugs to avoid excess throwaway.
The Ripple Effect is a mentality, a way of thinking. So much more than just protecting the environment, it's getting involved and using enthusiasm as a tool for impact and action.
Call to action: Wherever you live, take a walk twice a week and pick-up any litter you see on the way. Then send us a picture and a litter count so we can add it to our totals.
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
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.