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!
|Thu June 29 until Mon July 3 (morning)||Strasbourg (sleeping place changed!)
|Fri July 7 to Mon July 10 (morning)||Nancy|
|Wed July 19 (evening) to Sun July 23 (morning)||Freiburg|
|Mon July 24 (morning)||Basel|
|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
||Recyclerie la Voulte|
|Sun Aug 20 (evening) to Tue Aug 22 (morning)||Saint-Sébastien-d’Aigrefeuille|
|Tue Aug 22 (
|Fri Aug 25 (evening) to Sun Aug 27 (morning)||Vieussan|
|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
|Sun Sep 17 (evening) to Tue Sep 19 (morning)||Sils|
|Barcelona (Can Masdeu)|
|Wed Sep 27 (evening) to Sat Sep 30 (morning)||Can Biarlu|
|Sat Sep 30 (evening) to Tue Oct 03||Can Pipirimosca|
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.
- 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:
- Maxeville former brewery (GPS: 48.7072,6.1643)
- Place carrière (GPS: 48.6956,6.1819)
- Dynamo (GPS: 48.6958,6.1805)
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)
- Help construction of barricades, tree houses, compost toilets, …
- Facilitation workshop
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)
- 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
- Redecide and reintroduce the organisational structure, as a lot of people will join
- Visit Agrikultur Festival and do the night watch
- Visit Bike Kitchen Freiburg
arrival Tue July 25 (evening), departure Wed July 26 (morning) or Thu July 27 (morning)
Sleeping place: Trailer park in Bethlehem
- Visit Reitschule
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)
Dates: arrival Sat July 29 (evening), departure Sun July 30 (morning)
Dates: arrival Tue Aug 01 (evening), departure Thu Aug 03 (morning)
Sleeping place: Private garden
- Theater improvisation workshop
- Facilitation workshop part 2
- Workshop about writing a blog post
- Acrobatics workshop
Dates: passing through on Fri Aug 04
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)
- Fête le Détour party
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.
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.
arrival Fri Aug 18 (evening), departure Mon Aug 21 (morning)
Address: Robiac (approx. GPS: 44.2765,4.1001)
Wild-camping rest day
Dates: arrival Sun Aug 20 (evening), departure Tue Aug 22 (morning)
- Theatre improvisation workshop
- Workshop and discussion about veganism
- Discussion about refunding travel costs
- Making flags for the bikes
Dates: arrival Tue Aug 22 (evening), departure Wed Aug 23 (morning)
Sleeping place: La Ferme Urbaine Collective de la Condamine, 1372 rue des Marels
Wild-camping rest day
Dates: arrival Fri Aug 25 (evening), departure Sun Aug 27 (morning)
- Discussion how to deal with persistent oppressive behaviour on future Biketours
New community that is being set up. Organises an anarchist festival in the first week of August, which we unfortunately miss.
- 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
Wild-camping rest day
Dates: arrival Mon Sep 04 (evening), departure Wed Sep 06 (morning)
- Discussion about Ecotopia Biketour 2018
Dates: arrival Thu Sept 07 (evening), departure Mon Sept 11 (morning)
Address: Cerbéré (GPS: 42.4431,3.1618)
Mas La Torre de Pujarnol
Dates: arrival Wed Sep 13 (evening), departure
Sat Sep 16 Sun Sep 17 (morning)
Address: Pujarnol (GPS: 42.1020,2.7079)
- 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
Ecovillage in the process of being set up
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)
arrival Mon Sep 18 (evening), departure Wed Sep 20 (morning)
Address: Close to Sant Martí Sescorts (approx. GPS: 42.0131,2.3257)
Wild-camping rest day
Dates: arrival Sun Sep 17 (evening), departure Tue Sep 19 (morning)
Can Tonal de Vallbona
- Help harvesting tomatoes
- 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
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.