Making Change in How We Live, Where We Live, in Light of Climate Change

Friday, 1 July 2016

Tour de Tooting is THIS WEEKEND

Wheels are turning down in Tooting town, the inaugural Tour de Tooting is barely a revolution away. We still need volunteers 12.30-3pm to help with road 'openings' for the parade. If you can help please EMAIL TTT

Once upon a time ... in a town called Tooting, there was big windmill whose sails had not turned for a very long time. A group of children got together and wondered - if they took to the streets asking everyone to create energy from their whistles, clicks, thumbs up, high fives and smiles ... could they get the sails to turn again? 
Who's this with decorated bike?

So they set off. As they were leaving they realised they'd forgotten two things! Some Corn - important for the windmill to grind, to make bread for all and some Water to grow the corn. Just as they were leaving an Elephant appeared to help them gather water from the River and off they went. Find out what happened to them along the way! 
Visions of Wheels - Dominic, Lucy & Richard
Join their Grand Parade of Wheels on Sunday July 3rd - departing Franciscan School at 2pm (gathering at 1pm). After weeks of workshops and preparations, the brightly coloured rickshaws are being stored in a church, a windmill is having its sails attached and a bus diversion from the Tooting Bus Turning Circle has been secured. 
Alice testing out a rickshaw
Cars and buses are being asked kindly to budge over a bit for a short while as a Pelatons of Pedalistas gather at Franciscan School from 1pm on Sunday July 3rd to help this Tooting story on its way: a grand community celebration of the people-powered wheels in our lives making good change in our town. Wheels are a symbol of change: one of the greatest of human inventions and associated with liberation and freedom. Come with your wheels to reinvent them! We need your wheeled energy to turn the sails. For more info CONTACT US


You're welcome to join in planting up your wheelbarrow with growing plants, adding final touches to your wheel decorations to make a day to remember. Come dressed up to accompany The Corn Rickshaw (Yellow); the Water Rickshaw (Blue); the Windmill and Wheel Rickshaw (White and Red); in Orange as a brightly coloured Pedalista or come as you are. But Come!!! 

We will make a pop-up temporary roundabout in the Bus Turning Circle and need you there!!! The Balham Ukulele Society will be playing, the Indian Dance Academy dancing and many Tooting Local Businesses are providing refreshments for our Sharing Picnic on Fishponds Fields from 3pm onwards.


There are many ways you can take part Friday July 1st 3.35pm - 6pm Come along to Franciscan School Fair, 221 Franciscan Road, Tooting, SW17 to help finish decorating our rickshaws and find out more  


Saturday July 2nd 12.30-4pm Final preparations are being made here there and everywhere. Work at home or come to find others. For more info please EMAIL TTT

Sunday July 3rd Morning - join friends and neighbours on your own cycle ride or book a place on Pedal Back and Balance Mindful cycle ride meeting Pedal Back Cafe 11am Broadway Market with Jawad Al-Nawab pedalbackcafe@gmail.com1pm Gather in Playground of Franciscan School. Join the Parade there or along the way! We parade through the streets of Tooting to Fishponds Field for a sharing picnic. Bring friends and family and picnic! All welcome. 

The Route will begin from Franciscan Road down Totterdown Street, down Ashvale Road to the Bus Turning Circle, up Longmead Road, across Upper Tooting Road to Broadwater Road, Fishponds Road, Hebdon Road and into Fishponds Field. We have been working in collaboration with London Buses, Transport for London, Wandsworth Council, local police and Emergency Services to secure this route which will be safe for all. If you are free to help as a Volunteer on the Day especially from 12.30pm -3pm, it would be grand to have your help, let us know. See you there!

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