This summer we’re very lucky to have received funding from Wellington Community Trust to run a series of family bike events. The summer series will include our Bike KREW Rodeo (children’s skills/obstacle course with a range bikes and helmets provided) as well as providing mechanics to help fix up or check everyone’s bikes.
Some of the dates and locations are still to be confirmed but this is what we’re currently looking at:
- Nov 24th, 12-2pm – Waitangirua @ Natone Park School
- Dec 8th, 12-3pm – Strathmore Christmas in the Park
- Jan 23rd, 2-4pm – Naenae Clubhouse Bike Box
- Saturday Feb 16th, 1-4pm – Linden Social Centre Open Day
- Friday Mar 1st, 3-5pm – pre Weetbix Tryathlon event – Lyall Bay School
- Sunday Mar 3rd, 11ish-4pm-ish – Newtown Festival Fair Day, Gordon Place (behind the workshop at 230 Riddiford Rd)
- Sunday Mar 10th (rain day 17th), 1pm-4pm – Newtown Festival at Carrara Park
- Wednesday Mar 13th, 3-5pm – Dowse Square (pre-Weetbix Tryathlon), Lower Hutt
Please come visit or get in touch if you can help out or co-sponsor an event.
Tēnā koutou katoa! We’ve got an announcement to make… to celebrate Matariki, the upcoming World Refugee Day and our upcoming 2nd-ish birthday, ReBicycle is growing up. We recently asked Vic Uni Te Reo lecturer, PhD and bike rider, Vincent Ieni Olsen-Reeder to help us find a Te Reo Māori name. He generously obliged and came up with a new name that we love, EkeRua. Here’s what it means:
“Eke is the general word given to ‘riding’ modes of transport. This covers all public transport, surfing, skating and cycling. In a sense, eke also means to achieve and overcome. This derivation comes from the word hangarua, recycling, which means to ‘purpose twice.’ Thus the name means to jump on a bike again.”
So from now on, you might see either name or both being used. We’re hoping to gradually introduce EkeRua into everything we do. We hope you love the name as much as we do! Kia ora 🙂
We’ve come out the other end of the bike silly season feeling a bit more relaxed, inspired and energized to do more!
Between February and early April we organised or supported events from Upper Hutt in the north, to Strathmore Park in the south. Bike the Trail, The ReMakery big bike fix up, our own events at Carrara Park, Newtown and Kahurangi School, Strathmore, supporting Neighbours Day in Newtown, Community dinner at Vogelmorn, the International Women’s Day event in Kilbirnie, lots of library bikes coming and going to schools around the region for cycle skills training, and lots of bike fix ups at our Newtown hub.
Somewhere in the midst of it we received some recognition at the Love Cycling awards.
While winter may be quiet on the event front, we will be continuing with our weekly workshops at 230 Riddiford St, Newtown. Open every Wednesday from 6-8pm. Come along and volunteer your time or skills to help fix up bikes for our growing waitlist. Mechanical Tempest will soon have regular opening hours in the same space, so keep an eye on their updates, if you have a bike project of your own you’d like to work on.
Now on this ***Saturday*** the 18th March, from 10am – 1pm.
Our first public outing with the Bike KREW Rodeo is coming up soon as part of Celebrate Newtown – Newtown Festival in association with ReBicycle Wellington and supported by the Wellington City Council Communities on Bikes Fund.
Saturday March 18th, 10am -1pm at Carrara Park, Regent St, Newtown.
We are creating a temporary bike playground for children in the park. This will include mobile obstacles such as a seesaw, balance boards, slalom, and a range of textures. The aim is for kids to have fun while building skills and gaining confidence: children learn by playing.
Bikes and equipment for children from ages 2+ will be provided, plus trained volunteer instructors. All kids with all levels of ability or difficulty can take part.
Bring your own bike and helmet, or loan one from ReBicycle.
11th February 2017, BikeSpace
with Mechanical Tempest, Wellington City Council, CAW and some awesome volunteers!
October 15th, 2016, Kahurangi School
WCC and Mechanical Tempest hosted a Bike Fix up, while Pedal Ready entertained kids with an obstacle course outside.
26th November, Lyall Bay
Bike fix up with Mechanical Tempest and other volunteers.