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Yorkshire based 509 Arts was founded by Director Alan Dix in the mid 1990’s to produce and present creative projects throughout the UK. You can find out more about 509 Arts here.  In 2011-2012 509 Arts produced My Last Car, a Cultural Olympiad project examining our complicated relationship with the automobile in a time of climate change. Bike Story continues 509 Arts’ exploration of the meaning of objects in a changing world.

Bike Story is a project inspired by the Grand Départ in Yorkshire, and is one of the major commissions of the Yorkshire Festival 2014.   Directed by Alan Dix and written by award-winning scriptwriter Mike Kenny, Bike Story takes real stories from ordinary people and weaves them into a spectacular one-hour outdoor theatre show.

Find out more about the creative team behind Bike Story.

Bike Story toured parks, civic spaces and town centres throughout Yorkshire between the 20th June-5th July 2014.


Join our mailing list to find out if and when it is touring near you. You can also get involved by telling us your bike story.

Bike Story is presented in association with York City Council and is funded as part of the Yorkshire Festival by Arts Council England, Welcome to YorkshireCity of Bradford MDC and Yorkshire Water.


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Click here to tell us your bike story and to join the Bike Story journey.

Thanks to:

Sarah Woods – Additional text and researcher

Rebecca Riley – Researcher

Colin Jackson and Jenna Drury at Creative Learning Partnerships

All Terrain Cycles, Saltaire

Robin Silver and Salt’s Mill

Cycle Heaven, York

The Bike Rescue Project, York

The Works Skatepark, Leeds

Cycle Recycle, Hebden Bridge

Helen Ridge and Dave Fleming at York City Council

Maria Bota and Henrietta Duckworth at the Yorkshire Festival

Martin Riley

Belinda Noda

Graham Wright

Pete Zanzottera

Everyone who shared a story with us.

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