'Knives Down, Bikes Up'
BikeStormz is the biggest youth ride out in the UK and Europe, promoting positivity and peace amongst young people.
It is an event that brings young people together from different boroughs and cities across the UK and Europe to ride through the City of London in unity, using bicycles and a unique style of riding as a common ground to protest against violent crime. With the mantra ‘Knives Down, Bikes Up’, Bikestormz is supported by the authorities and the ride outs have the backing of the police, the local council and the London Mayors Office.
BikeStormz was launched in 2015 with just over 400 young people taking part. Since then, the movement has attracted thousands of young people and adults from across the UK and Europe. It is the most talked about and respected youth bike event in the UK and its influence and reach is fast spreading across the world.
"Our goal is to encourage young people across cultures and communities to pick their bikes up and put their knives down for one day of unity and positivity. We aim to teach them skills that could change the course of their careers and lives, as well as provide programmes and activities throughout the year to support their emotional, physical and personal development.
We have built an amazing community of talented young riders who come together in a safe space where they can showcase their skills and hopefully get scouted to be a sponsored rider. Bikestormz has also developed rising stars who have created a lifestyle doing what they love,working with some of the biggest name brands in the world.
MANY DREAMS HAVE COME TRUE THROUGHOUT THE YEARS IT HAS BEEN TRULY EMOTIONAL, AMAZING AND EXCITING."
Our mission at BikeStormz is to build a sport. A point based system (similar to gymnastics) where young professional riders will be awarded and rewarded according to the number of points they receive.
Aspiring young riders will be able to take part in events throughout the year and enter seasonal competitions where they will be scored by a panel of expert judges who will judge according to various categories.
The most skilful and successful riders will become recognised as professional athletes which will encourage young people to take responsibility and eventually position them as role models within the community.
The hope is that engaging in this sport will increase confidence and commitment among young people and reduce the numbers involved in knife crime.
BikeStormz was founded by social entrepreneur Mac Ferrari-Guy.
Mac’s vision came about as a result of investing his life working with young people in varying capacities, from youth worker to community mentor. As a result of being committed and consistent Mac became a well-respected role model for many young people, his influence and reach spanning across many of the London Boroughs, particularly in North and West London.
Having a passion for pedal bikes, Mac wanted to see how many young people he could inspire to ride alongside each other in unity and harmony, simply to have fun and display their passion and talents. Mac soon realised that this was the beginning of something special, a family of riders was being created and a culture was being formed.
Hence the birth of BikeStormz.
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