Day 1 & 2 Gothenburg – Varberg – Halmstad

Our friends at Fossilgasfällan, Fossil Free and Friends of the Earth are real change makers. Even though fossil gas is often seen as a climate friendly alternative to oil and coal, they understood that a new construction of a gas terminal in the harbor of Gothenburg would lock the infrastructure to fossil fuels for decades to come. They engage in this topic showing their commitment to a decarbonized society. Establishing a place where people can come together to connect and act really makes them being activists. Cycling along the coast line today, enjoying sunny weather and the beautiful scenery, we wondered: Are we activists now? Why is this trip more than just a holiday?

Maybe we have not become very visible until now, but we are activists already:

Starting off at the Climate Camp on Monday, we did not have a quiet moment to come together as a group while the GPS device did not work. This caused our first day to be quite chaotic. Today (day two) I felt we were functioning much more as a group, knowing where we were going and taking decisions collectively. It takes time to establish routines and principles for our ride. However, it is beautiful how we stand together and still taking care of each other, still wanting to do more than just reaching the next destination. We are doing this trip as a group and we are committed to making this group a place of freedom, understanding and acceptance. We are travelling on our own. We are travelling to get to a climate camp in an alternative manner.

Our message is becoming stronger with every kilometer we commit to cycle. We choose to connect two climate camps, knowing that they are located far away from each other which would require us to cycle long distances, especially in Sweden, where we didn’t schedule a lot of time. We are staying in Halmstad at the flat of a former cooperider, Isaac. He knows how one feels after a day of biking and awaited us with a vegan carrot cake! Thank you, Isaac!

Departure day for Cooperide 3.0

Almost two years have passed since the first Cooperide departed from Copenhagen to Paris in November 2015. Back then, we were excited, curious, and a little concerned if a winterly 1400k tour would actually be doable. The ride would lead us along frozen dirt roads and through dozens of hours of rain. There were many hills to climb, and not all of them were physical. But eventually, we faced each and every of them – thanks to many local supporters that would cater us after a long and cold day of cycling. As a group of 24, we arrived in Paris to see the climate movement becoming stronger than ever.
See our 2015 Tour Diary

The second Cooperide led us from Malmö to the Lusatia lignite protests in May 2016. Again, we were overwhelmed by the hospitality and solidarity that local groups would show.
See our 2016 Tour Diary

 

Today, the third Cooperide is about to start. A team of seven  will depart from Gothenburg towards the Rhineland coal protest today. On our way, the team will increase to more than 20 riders.
Once again, we stick to the Cooperide motto: Demonstrating change is possible. Demanding change happens. In the Rhineland area, a strong climate movement awaits us to resist against lignite mining.

We are keen on the upcoming 1000 km to the Rhineland area!
You too? Keep in touch with us here and on our facebook page.

Yes, we’re rolling again! / Es geht wieder los!

We're rolling again!

Please oil your chains and prepare to get rolling again:
We are pedalling to the Ende Gelände anti-coal protest in Rhineland.
We’re Starting on August 07 in Gothenburg.
–> Join uns on the 2017 ride!

Bitte ölt eure Ketten und bereitet euch auf die Abfahrt vor: Wir rollen wieder!
Dieses Jahr geht es zu den Ende Gelände-Protesten gegen Braunkohle im Rheinland.
Am 7. August geht es in Göteborg los.
–> Sei dabei! Hier geht es zum Routenplan

2017 tour from Gothenburg to Rhineland

Photo: 350.org / Paul Lovis Wagner / CC-License BY-NC 2.0

We’re pedalling towards Europe’s biggest carbon source

In August 2017 Cooperide will go on its next adventure, connecting the Swedish Climate Camp in Gothenburg with the Ende Gelände climate camp in the Rhineland – close to Germany’s biggest coal mining area. This ride will also be part of the international mobilization for the Ende Gelände action.

From the 3rd – 7th August Gothenburg will host the Swedish Climate Camp and we will use this inspiring event to launch the Cooperide, taking with us their enthusiasm, ideas and hopes and hopefully a few riders as well. We will then head south through Lund/Malmö before setting foot in the north of Germany. Continuing south into the Rhineland, we will arrive at the climate camp on the 21st August where this year’s Ende Gelände actions will take place.

Save the dates!

Join the ride!

Everyone is warmly welcome to join us – be it for the whole tour, somewhere along the route or for a couple of days. Check our route to get an overview!

You can also find practical information about joining the ride in our info for riders.

Other rides to Ende Gelände

There will be other bike trains pedalling to Ende Gelände departing from London (Time2Cycle) and Vienna (Cycle4Change). Joining forces anew we are mobilizing across Europe to continue to show that the climate movement is strong and committed!

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About us

Demonstrating change is possible. Demanding change happens.

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The climate crisis is the defining global issue of the 21st Century. It is about far more than physical changes to the natural environment: it is a matter of justice. And tackling it requires an unprecedented level of collective action and cooperation.

Cooperide is an international group of cyclists taking action for climate justice. We are part of the broader climate movement calling for rapid and equitable decarbonisation of society. Cooperide was founded in Lund, southern Sweden, in 2015 yet our riders come from a diverse range of places. In our inaugural ride we cycled from Copenhagen to Paris to call for a strong and ambitious outcome to the COP21 summit.

With our tours we want to connect places, people and perspectives. When on  the road we are a roaming community of activists, meeting allies in the environmental movement and showing solidarity with their local struggles. Hosting informative public events to share our stories from the road we come together with those who share our common vision. The change we are create in our engagement is rooted in hope; it is about movement building, empowerment and solidarity.

Taking direct action against the fossil fuel industry allows us to confront those benefiting from the current climate crises. Organisations and individuals who act as barriers to action on climate change will not be judged kindly by the history books, but in the present they neither will be overcome without resistance. The scale and severity of the problem – along with the vested interests that keep fossil fuels burning – leads us to see no other option than to take direct action.

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Day 10 – Lübben – Proschim

Our last day of riding started in the most beautiful way possible, a wake up service by one rider, who sang a good morning song, followed by a splendid rap about coal when people started to get out of their tents. Even though it was very early, it didn’t feel that tough anymore. A lush breakfast quickly got our minds and bodies up to speed, as we were all getting ready to depart. Shortly before splitting into groups, we gathered for a motivational round and a little reflection and also for a quick visit by the mayor of the town Lübben, who expressed his support and faith in us and that he was glad to be able to host us for a night.

We felt eager to reach our goal and to cover the last 60km on our tour. The ride went smoothly despite riding against the wind. We fully enjoyed the bike paths along rivers and streams, which seemed to be everywhere. The area called Spreewald showed us its best side, with full intention to compete against the other picturesque landscapes we encountered during our ride. What made this ride even more fun was the regular overtaking of some other bike groups, who would cheer us on as we passed them. We in turn did the same, as they passed us again while we took a break.

In this fashion we reached Welzow, the neighboring town of Proschim. Having received some information about possible police controls of bike groups heading to the climate camp, we stopped to talk about what we wanted to do with that information. After going through different scenarios, we decided to split up into smaller groups of two to not raise as much attention and meet up at a place, where all the other bike groups would head to as well. Even though the information did turn out to be false, it still forced us to think about those possibilities and that was quite a clear cut from our previous biking mood, thoughts and conversations. When all bike groups, which started in Lübben joined together again a few kilometers away from the camp, the tension dissolved as fast as it formed.

Together, we then rode into the camp with all the bell ringing we could muster, which prompted some happy campers to wave at us. As we were finally standing on the campgrounds and were seeing all the active mingling taking place, we could feel the positive energy, which would make the next days an extraordinary experience for all of us.

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This concludes our bike diary. For more stories, pictures and impressions of the camp and the mass action of civil disobedience, check out the website of Ende Gelände. We want to thank everybody, who supported us along the way!! Thank you dear readers for your interest in what we do and for accompanying us on our second adventure! It was fun sharing our experiences with you 🙂

Day 9 – Berlin – Lübben

Rested and with new companions on our side, we bade farewell to Berlin to make our way to the Climate Camp in Proschim. Two more days were waiting to be filled with sun, sweat and smiles. We rode out of Berlin as one big bikegroup, enjoying the space of having one lane for the last time in Berlin. On the outskirts we stopped to split into several groups, mixed by preferred way of riding. Most of the cooperiders stayed together in one group, joined by other riders from different groups.

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With the additional bike riders, we also gained the support of a mobile D.I.Y.-Kitchen, which accompanied Time 2 Cycle on their way. The kitchen team would be waiting for us in Lübben with delicious vegan food. Thus, we were aiming to arrive before sunset. Even though the distance with about 65 km was not outside our usual distance, the ride proved to be a bigger challenge for us than the previous days. Having a new composition of riders with different perspectives on how the ride should be, how to navigate and organize within the bike group and how to communicate, more time was needed to find a good rhythm. A flat tire also added to this drawn-out first half of the day, where we did not cover much way.

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We used our lunch break near a lake to rest and talk about how to organize the second half of the day in order to arrive somewhat timely for dinner. A second flat tire right before departure led to us splitting into two groups. The second part of the day went smoothly again. We managed to keep a good speed as the roads were better and often through forests, which created a relaxing and uplifting atmosphere.

It felt great being welcomed by the others, who arrived before us and to have a delicious vegan dinner (I can not stress this point enough) waiting for our tired but content bodies & minds. The evening continued with a big group meeting to address some organizational topics and give room to questions and concerns. For most of us going to sleep was a reward in itself after that day to be ready for the final stretch.