Route

Ecotopia Biketour 2017 will start on Thursday, June 29 in Strasbourg, France, and will end in the beginning of October in Catalunya (close to Tarragona).

Here is a draft of the route. The information is being continuously added. Note that dates can still change slightly!

Overview

Dates Place
Thu June 29 until Mon July 3 (morning) Strasbourg (sleeping place changed!)
Fri July 7 to Mon July 10 (morning) Nancy
Mon July 10 (evening) Tue July 11 (afternoon) to Sat July 15 (morning) Bure
Wed July 19 (evening) to Sun July 23 (morning) Freiburg
Mon July 24 (morning) Basel
Tue July 25 (evening) to Wed July 26 or Thu July 27 (morning) Bern
Thu July 27 (evening) to Sat July 29 (afternoon) Orbe
Sat July 29 (evening) to Sun July 30 (morning) Lausanne
Tue Aug 01 (evening) to Thu Aug 03 (morning) Foumet
Fri Aug 04 Grenoble
Sat Aug 05 (evening) to Sun Aug 06 (morning) Le Pied de Nez
Sun Aug 06 (evening) to Wed Aug 09 (morning) Roybon
Wed Aug 09 (afternoon) Valence Atelier Libre
Thu Aug 10 (afternoon) to Sat Aug 12 (morning) Eurre–Saillans with AlterTour
Sun Aug 13 (evening) to Wed Aug 16 Thu Aug 16 (morning) Recyclerie la Voulte
Fri Aug 18 (evening) to Mon Aug 21 (morning) La Vieille Valette
Sun Aug 20 (evening) to Tue Aug 22 (morning) Saint-Sébastien-d’Aigrefeuille
Tue Aug 22 (morning evening) to Wed Aug 23 (morning) Montpellier
Fri Aug 25 (evening) to Sun Aug 27 (morning) Vieussan
Sun Aug 27 (evening) Mon Aug 28 (evening) to Fri Sep 1 Sat Sep 02 (morning) Le Rocalet
Mon Sep 04 (evening) to Wed Sep 06 (morning) Durban-Corbières
Thu Sep 07 (evening) to Mon Sep 11 (morning) Can Decreix
Wed Sep 13 (evening) to Sat Sep 16 Sun Sep 17 (morning) Pujarnol
Sat Sep 16 (evening) to Mon Sep 18 (morning) Ecovillage Amat
Mon Sep 18 (evening) to Wed Sep 20 (morning) Llafrenca
Sun Sep 17 (evening) to Tue Sep 19 (morning) Sils
Thu Sep 21 Tue Sep 19 (evening) to Sat Sep 23 Thu Sep 21 (morning) Can Tonal
Sat Sep 23 Thu Sep 21 (evening) to Tue Sep 26 (morning) Barcelona (Can Masdeu)
Wed Sep 27 (evening) to Sat Sep 30 (morning) Can Biarlu
Sat Sep 30 (evening) to Tue Oct 03 Can Pipirimosca

Detailed schedule

Strasbourg

If you are planning to join us in Strasbourg, if you can, please, try to arrive on Thursday rather than another day. In the first days, we are making many decisions about how to organise ourselves during the tour, and it is the best to have as many people there during those days.

Dates: arrival Thu June 29, departure Mon July 03 (morning)
Sleeping place: Le paradié, a field about 10 km west of Strasbourg. Address: Rue de Schlittweg, Breuschwickersheim (GPS: 48.5826,7.6039, detailed directions below)
Directions: After exiting the train station in Strasbourg, you turn right (south) and follow Boulevard de Metz. After about 600 meters, on the big junction with the traffic light, you turn right onto the Boulevard de Koenigshoffen. After 300 meters, the road splits, and you take the left in direction of Koenigshoffen/Eckbolsheim. Now you follow the road for 2.5 km. When you see a Norma supermarket on the left, you turn left on the D45 towards Eckbolsheim-Centre. On this road you go now go straight for 7.5 km. You will leave Strasbourg and pass three villages on the way, Wolfisheim, Oberschaeffolsheim and Achenheim, and finally you will get to Breuschwickersheim. Follow the main road until you come to a junction in the village centre, and turn right on the D622 towards Ittenheim. After just 100 meters you turn the first one to the right again and immediately half-left onto Rue du Schlittweg. When you reach the last houses before the village ends, turn left on a grass track between two corn fields. You will find us there.
Activities:

  • Build a rocket stove
  • Make basic decisions about how we want to organize ourselves
  • Get missing equipment and develop a system to pack the trailers

Vélorution Universelle Nancy

Vélorution Universelle is a big DIY bike festival that happens every year in a different city in France.

Dates: arrival Thu July 6 (evening), departure Mon July 10 (morning)
Sleeping place: Stade Laurent Luzzi (disused football stadium) (GPS: 48.71358,6.1727). This is the official campsite for the Vélorution Universelle.

The activities will be happening in three places:

Bure

Anti-nuclear protest site, the “Wendland of France”.

Dates: arrival Mon July 10 (evening), departure Sat July 15 (morning)
Sleeping place: Maison de la Résistance (GPS: 48.5046,5.3573)
Activities:

  • Help construction of barricades, tree houses, compost toilets, …
  • Facilitation workshop

Freiburg

If you are planning to join us in Freiburg, if you can, please, try to arrive on Thursday between 13:00 and 15:00 at SUSI. We are expecting a lot of people to join in Freiburg and will rediscuss our self-organisation, so it would be cool if you could be part of that.

Dates: arrival Wed July 19 (evening) to Sat July 23 (morning)
Sleeping places: first night wild-camping around 20 km north-west of Freiburg (please contact us if you want to find us)
other nights at Gartencoop, CSA in Tunsel about 20 km south-west of Freiburg (Germanweg 8a, 79189 Tunsel, GPS: 47.9013,7.6682) (please don’t arrive there on your own before Thursday 18:00)
Schedule:

  • Meet on Thu July 20 at 13:00 at SUSI, self-organised house, Vaubanallee 2a (GPS: 47.9745,7.8282)
  • 13:30: Help delivering vegetables for Gartencoop
  • 15:00: Cycle to Gartencoop as a Critical Mass

Other activities:

Bern

Dates: arrival Tue July 25 (evening), departure Wed July 26 (morning) or Thu July 27 (morning)
Sleeping place:
 Trailer park in Bethlehem
Activities:

Orbe

Newly created collective farm

Dates: Arrival Thu July 27 (evening), departure Sat July 29 (afternoon)
Address: Chemin des Philosophes 15, 1350 Orbe (GPS: 46.7243,6.5276)

Lausanne

Dates: arrival Sat July 29 (evening), departure Sun July 30 (morning)
Activities:

  • Visit a party in a bike workshop on Saturday evening
  • Visit reCYCLO & La Rustine bike workshop

Foumet

Dates: arrival Tue Aug 01 (evening), departure Thu Aug 03 (morning)
Sleeping place: Private garden
Activities:

  • Theater improvisation workshop
  • Facilitation workshop part 2
  • Workshop about writing a blog post
  • Acrobatics workshop

Grenoble

Dates: passing through on Fri Aug 04
Activities:

Le Pied de Nez

Collective bar and social space (Facebook)

Dates: arrival Sat Aug 05 (evening), departure Sun Aug 06 (morning)
Address: 225 avenue du Vercors, 26190 Sainte-Eulalie-en-Royans (GPS: 45.0466,5.3437)
Activities:

Zad de Roybon

Protest site against the construction of a holiday resort.

Dates: arrival Sun Aug 06 (evening), departure Wed Aug 9 (morning)
Address: exact sleeping place to be announced. The closest entrance to Roybon is at GPS: 45.2458,5.2335. A building called Maison Forestière de la Marquise (maybe an info centre?) is at GPS: 45.2376,5.2080. A map of the ZAD can be found on here.

AlterTour

A similar Biketour that is cycling in France every year since 2004. We join them on Thu Aug 10 at l’Oasis de Serendip in Eurre (GPS: 44.7601,4.9665) and join their programme (Thu, Fri) cycling via Autour du Cycle and l’Usine Vivante to Saillans (approx. GPS: 44.6975,5.1972, exact location to be announced).

Recyclerie la Voulte

Group of people collecting all kind of material and give it away against donations. Also have bikes to be repaired. Make bread, have a collective farm and sometimes organise events next to the river.

Dates: arrival Sun Aug 13 (evening), departure Wed Aug 16 Thu Aug 17 (morning)
Address: La Voulte sur Rhône (GPS: 44.8171,4.7858)

La Vieille Valette

A collective living in an abandoned village since 1991 self-sufficiently, sharing money, equipment, food, resources, and being strongly focused on art and creativity.

Dates: arrival Fri Aug 18 (evening), departure Mon Aug 21 (morning)
Address: Robiac (approx. GPS: 44.2765,4.1001)

Saint-Sébastien-d’Aigrefeuille

Wild-camping rest day

Dates: arrival Sun Aug 20 (evening), departure Tue Aug 22 (morning)
Activities:

  • Theatre improvisation workshop
  • Workshop and discussion about veganism
  • Discussion about refunding travel costs
  • Making flags for the bikes

Montpellier

Dates: arrival Tue Aug 22 (evening), departure Wed Aug 23 (morning)
Sleeping place: La Ferme Urbaine Collective de la Condamine, 1372 rue des Marels

Vieussan

Wild-camping rest day
Dates: arrival Fri Aug 25 (evening), departure Sun Aug 27 (morning)
Activities:

  • Discussion how to deal with persistent oppressive behaviour on future Biketours

Rocalet

New community that is being set up. Organises an anarchist festival in the first week of August, which we unfortunately miss.

Dates: arrival Sun Aug 27 Mon Aug 28 (evening), departure Fri Sep 1 Sat Sep 02 (morning)
Address: Vabre (GPS: 43.6824,2.4110), road is not mapped and starts at GPS: 43.6810,2.4164
Activities:

  • Help fixing a roof, move things around, fix bikes of the project, build clothes containers for freeshop
  • Discussion about ACAB and the legitimacy of violence in political actions
  • Discussion about cultural appropriation
  • Theatre of the Oppressed
  • Discussion about how to deal with persistent oppressive behaviour on the Biketour
  • Book-binding workshop
  • Express shoe tying workshop

Durban-Corbières

Wild-camping rest day

Dates: arrival Mon Sep 04 (evening), departure Wed Sep 06 (morning)
Acitivites:

  • Discussion about Ecotopia Biketour 2018

Can Decreix

Degrowth community

Dates: arrival Thu Sept 07 (evening), departure Mon Sept 11 (morning)
Address: Cerbéré (GPS: 42.4431,3.1618)

Mas La Torre de Pujarnol

Community trying to live self-sustainably and participating in the Cooperativa Integral Catalana

Dates: arrival Wed Sep 13 (evening), departure Sat Sep 16 Sun Sep 17 (morning)
Address: Pujarnol (GPS: 42.1020,2.7079)
Activities:

  • Help cutting wood, moving soil, building a room, harvesting walnuts, tomatoes, pumpkins and aubergines
  • Contact dance workshop
  • Discussion about how to deal with the police
  • Acro-yoga and areal silk workshop
  • Discussion about Ecotopia Biketour 2018
  • Workshop about upcycling bracelets
  • Catalan workshop
  • Dynamo charger building and theoretical workshop

Ecovila Amat

Ecovillage in the process of being set up

Dates: arrival Sat Sep 16 (evening), departure Mon Sep 18 (morning)
Address: Somewhere 5 km up from Sant Privat d’en Bas (approx. GPS: 42.1494,2.4080)

Llafrenca

Dates: arrival Mon Sep 18 (evening), departure Wed Sep 20 (morning)
Address: Close to Sant Martí Sescorts (approx. GPS: 42.0131,2.3257)

Sils

Wild-camping rest day
Dates: arrival Sun Sep 17 (evening), departure Tue Sep 19 (morning)

Can Tonal de Vallbona

http://cantonal.net/
Dates: arrival Thu Sep 21 Tue Sep 19 (evening), departure Sat Sep 23 Thu Sep 21 (morning)
Address: Sant Antoni de VilamajorGPS: 41.6627,2.4007
Activities:

  • Help harvesting tomatoes

Barcelona

Dates: arrival Sat Sep 23 Thu Sep 21 (evening), departure Tue Sep 26 (morning)
Sleeping place: Can Masdeu, GPS: 41.4458,2.1575
Activities:

  • World Carfree Day: Critical Mass, make an info-stand about Biketour, visit a mobile bike kitchen, cook in a squat, info talk about the Iberian Ecovillage Network
  • Visit the city festivities of Barcelona
  • Workshops about masculinity, electronic theory, female ejaculation, non-violent communication, community life
  • Help building a strawbale dome, build a toilet

Can Biarlu

http://canbiarlu.blogspot.com/
Dates:
arrival Wed Sep 27 (evening), departure Sat Sep 30 (morning)
Address: to be announced, GPS: 41.40797,1.37764

Can Pipirimosca

https://www.facebook.com/canpipirimosca/
Dates:
arrival Sat Sep 30 (evening), departure Tue Oct 03
Address: to be announced, GPS: 41.2907,1.2490

Map

You can switch on and off marker types and routes you want to look at on the right side of the map. If you click on a marker or a line, it shows you more information like descriptions, contact-details and for routes the elevation profile. Because it’s openly published, this map is a non-editable version of the map.

For the projects we have in the map we created different marker types according to responses we get from them (e.g. positive, negative, or no interest from our side) and also according to what we can do (e.g. fix bikes, sleep, participate in events).

We have also differently coloured routes. The green one is a rough idea of the route we had after the spring meeting, the blue and red are suggested routes that we create to help us with a day-to-day route planning (these are being updated closer to the tour). The purple are other biketours which are taking place in our chosen region this year.

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