Test Karrot for Bike Kitchen?


I am one of the members from Solikyl (Foodsharing Gothenburg) and we have been using Karrot for quite some time now. Karrot has not only helped us to organize the food pickups much better, but also different events and the communication between the participants.

I am also involved in the Bike Kitchen movement in Gothenburg and over the years i noticed similar challenges when organizing bike pickups, events and the communication.

Lots can be done over email, phone, online docs and the worst of all; Facebook (The Monster).
Luckily some of our members refuse to be pushed into the addiction of feeding the monster and we still have to fall back to email and online docs.

To the point:
I would like to test the Karrot tool for one of our Bike Kitchens here in Gothenburg on the karrot.world instance. To test how it would improve our activity and communication, but also to get feedback from our members. And if we could in the near future host our own instance for the other Bike Kitchen groups and hopefully get more people off the surveillance Monster.

The question:
So would it be OK if i create and test a Bike Kitchen group on the karrot.world instance?

Thanks to everyone behind this amazing project, we hope to contribute to the community beyond just using the tool.


Seems good to me.

Maybe it’s of interest to you that @nicksellen started working on the generalization of stores and pickups (mainly for food share points, but also pointing in the direction of multisharing). Here’s our tech talk so far: https://github.com/yunity/karrot-frontend/issues/354


I’m all for working towards this generalization approach and testing Karrot for Bike Kitchens, which is a different case but quite similar in its organizational structure. This would be a kind of proof-of-concept about applying Karrot to other sharing and volunteer-based activities.

We’ll be applying for some funding too and there is a much greater possibility of getting it this time around, since it’s funding destined specifically towards developing and spreading the concept of Bike Kitchens in the city of Gothenburg.


Great @bruno and @tomasz - I really appreciate your efforts there. Bike/cycling related uses also makes a lot of sense personally given most of the currently active karrot contributors are quite active on bikes :slight_smile:

Here’s a gratuitous picture of my bike trip where I carried my old bike to be saved for 3 days:

Gives me a bit more motivation to get more active on that task… although my parents visit soon, then I travel for a couple of weeks… but will be happy to hear how your experiments using karrot for the bike kitchen work out.


Thanks for the link to the tech discussion.
The possibility of multisharing on a open source platform was what peaked my interest for the Yunity vision as expressed in the yunity Drawing Story video.

How do i go about to create a new group in Karrot?
I have clicked on all the options in my account, i searched the forum but i cant figure out how to create a new group.


Here in Gothenburg we have a good collaboration between Solikyl (Foodsharing) and Bike Kitchens, we feed then food waste and they help us with bikes and cargo trailers.
It is our long term goal to transport all of the food waste on cargo bikes and trailers.

Also, some of our contributors are active in both the Solikyl project and Bike Kitchen, and by using the same online tool is a win for both.

It will also help to invite new type of groups to the platform and maybe start experimenting with possible multisharing features.

Nice photo btw, seeing bikes with trailers always makes me feel more optimistic. :sunny:


@tomasz you can create a new group at the “secret” page https://karrot.world/#/group/create - it’s intentionally a bit hidden for now so we have a bit more contact with the groups.

I can see your point about keeping the two aspects on the same platform to make it easier for users.


Thanks for link. I have now created new group for Bike Kitchen Gothenburg.
I will demo this for the board later today and report back any feedback i receive.
Let’s take Karrot to a whole new level. :bike:


Just had a nice chat with Bruno and he reminded me of the bike-themed changes he tried out with karrot (see code at https://github.com/brnsolikyl/karrot-to-bike-kitchen). It runs up fine, here’s a screenshot: