Starting point is Warsaw, then the Ecotopia-Biketour 2016 will go to Belarus, Minsk. The next stops will be Vilnius and Kaunas in Lithuania, then we go to Riga in Latvia and finally to Tallinn in Estonia. This is the approximate route, the fix one will be published in mid march. www.ecotopiabiketour.net
Warsaw, Republic of Poland
Ecotopia Biketour is a self-organized, international community that has been organizing a yearly bicycle tour in different regions of Europe since 1990. During the tour we visit environmental and social projects and practice forms of activism and sustainable living. We follow a vegan diet, practice consensus decision making and share skills by doing workshops.
Ecotopia Biketour is for anyone interested in travelling by bike, community life, DIY, environmentalism and learning by experience. Usually 20–40 people cycle with us at the same time. Most people join for somewhere between 2 weeks and 2 months and participate in the tour for the first or second time. We rarely cycle all together, usually some people go ahead in the morning and mark the route with arrows on the road. People then follow in small groups in their own speed and rhythm. We keep distances at a level where no particular fitness or experience is necessary. We try to create a non-hierarchical environment by rotating responsibilities, sharing skills and respecting personal needs. People can sign up for daily tasks (cooking, pulling a trailer, marking the route, etc.), but everyone can decide individually how much they want to do. We meet up every couple of days to talk about how it is going and to make consensus decisions. It is one of our core values to create a non-discriminatory environment. We cook communally with wood, carry all our equipment ourselves and try to buy local and organic food and to dumpsterdive where possible. Participants are asked to donate 3–5 € per day to cover the food costs, but people who cannot give this donation are also welcome to join. In summer 2016, the Biketour will pass through the Baltic States and possibly any of the neighbouring countries. The exact route and dates will be decided some months before the tour based on projects, actions and camps to visit on the way. If you have some recommendations for us or would like to help preparing the tour, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, check: https://www.ecotopiabiketour.net/