Call-out 2012

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Ecotopia Biketour 2012 - Towards Degrowth (9th July - 19th September)


Call-out 2012

We are very pleased to announce that registration for the biketour 2012 is open!

We will have a preparation weekend in Barcelona from 6-9th July before setting off on our adventure on Monday 9th July, arriving in Venice just over 2 months later on 19th September. The theme this year is degrowth and on our journey through Catalonia, Southern France and Northern Italy we will be visiting projects, collectives and people who are experimenting with alternatives to growth as well as learning from each other and living sustainably. We also get to cross both the Pyrénées and the Alps with the help of our beautiful bicycles :-)

The Route

Along our route of just over 2,000km we will visit squats, ecofarms and growing projects, social centres, intentional communities, cycle activists and bike workshops and take part in critical masses and actions against dirty developments. Our final destination is the international Degrowth conference in Venice. We will be travelling through some stunning scenery, national parks, beaches and mountains as well as some mad tourist spots at the height of the summer season and big bustling cities. Paired with all our personal experiences to share, this exciting expedition will be fertile ground for thinking and acting out degrowth ideas. We have some awesome camp spots and activities planned but, as usual, there is room for us to create the biketour that we want together!

We would love for you to join us, if:

  1. you can cycle around 50 km per day (probably with a few rainy days!)
  2. you are interested in environmental and social justice issues and want to take part in actions
  3. you want to take part in consensus decision-making (communicating!) and
  4. you want to help with the daily tasks such as preparing meals, pulling trailers, washing up or tidying the sleeping places.

First: Read the ins and outs of the Biketour on our website & fill out the registration form asap:

Then: find out if you need visa for the countries we travel through: Spain, France and Italy are in the "Schengen" visa zone. Contact us, so we can see how we can help you to arrange your visa.

If you’re on facebook, you can join the Biketour event here and our facebook page here… following us on Twitter is also possible!

Each person pays a participation fee of at least 5 euros per day (those with a better economic situation more than those who have less money). This fee should help cover everything – organisational effort, various events, actions, workshops, three vegetarian meals a day and a place to put up your tent.

You don´t have to join us from the start, you can join the tour at any point along our route but we ask for you to come for a minimum of a week, so you have the time to adapt to group dynamics. Please let us know in advance where you plan to join us and when we can expect you to show up. The itinerary is a continuous work in progress but the latest information can be found here:

There are a lot of hints and tips we can give you for getting ready for the Biketour, but to keep this invitation to a decent length, you can delve into our website yourself ( and look at everything there. And if you have questions, please don't hesitate to ask!

Hope to see you this summer,

Alice & Joâo International coordinators 2012