The latest news:
It’s been a busy year… we’ve been working with Newtown Festival, Mechanical Tempest and Wellington City Council to set up a new bike hub in Newtown at the old service station on Riddiford Rd (thanks to the very generous owners who prefer to remain anonymous). We’ve received funding and support from Thankyou Charitable Trust, Wellington City Council, Nikau & Tindall Foundations, Switched On Bikes and Tranzit Coachlines so our shipping container and workshop should be up and running soon! Keep an eye out on our facebook page for more info and updates.
What is it?
ReBicycle is a charitable community organisation which ‘upcycles’ donated second-hand bikes into safe, practical commuter bikes to gift or loan to people who need them, starting with newly settled refugees in the Wellington region but also including any people experiencing financial difficulty. It’s a community-led initiative that gives back to the community, preventing useful resources ending up in the landfill, reducing transport carbon emissions and enabling free healthy transport options. All bikes are donated by the public, parts are donated or bought, and mechanics volunteer their time where possible. Due to limited time and resources we aren’t able to fix up every bike, and inevitably some will end up going to the metal recycler – the more volunteers we have, the better use we can make of the resources.
There are many people in our community who need access to free/cheap/accessible transportation. ‘Transport poverty*’ is becoming a real issue. Free bikes and helmets, combined with cycle skills training, offer a long term transport solution with little ongoing cost. It also keeps bikes out of the landfill and helps to reduce carbon emissions.
From Recycling Bicycles for Refugees (Auckland):
“Bikes are a great way of preventing isolation and keeping the community in touch with each other. When you arrive here with everything you own in a small suitcase a bicycle is very valuable in many ways.”