We’re not quite done for the year, but we’ve just leaped past a few milestones so it’s worth an update:
505 page likes
422 bikes donated
301 bikes ‘rehomed’ (including 30 bikes sold for fundraising and about 50 bikes scrapped for parts or recycled)
Our bike library consists of 24 bikes (with all our adult bikes currently on loan and the kids bikes have been out regularly to events and schools bike skills training)
Since inception in July 2016, we’ve held 15 events and volunteers have contributed about 910 hours of their time!
We couldn’t do it without the support of our sponsors and the following grants: Nikau Foundation, The Tindall Foundation, Thankyou Charitable Trust, Wellington City Council Communities on Bikes fund, and donations from Switched on Bikes and Tranzit Coachlines & Tours as well as some awesome private donors.
We’re also super grateful for the ongoing support from the following retailers and organisations: The Mechanical Tempest, Newtown Festival, Sustainability Trust, Burkes Cycles New Zealand, Bicycle Junction, Mud Cycles, Iride Store, Avantiplus, and Capital Cycles.
Thanks also to our coordinator, Tessa, who does a stellar job keeping track of orders, bikes and budgets, and is also an amazing cycle skills instructor and pretty handy with a wrench. Her partner, Stephen, for putting up with all the bikes and deliveries, our mechanics Steph and Phoebe from Wenches With Wrenches and Dave in the Hutt, and finally our very cool trustees, Leah, James and Mike all deserve our thanks as well. Plus all of you awesome people who keep turning up to our fix ups and bust ups.
2018 is going to be a busy year for us and we’re excited about collaborations planned with Strathmore Park & Raukawa Community Centres, Changemakers Refugee Forum, and others. As well as building and beautifying our new home in Newtown, we’ll be having regular open evenings and weekend learn to ride sessions in the new year, so keep a look out for those.
Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou ka ora ai te iwi
(With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive)
Once again, thank you all for your support.
Nāku noa, nā
Hilleke (Trustee and Founder)
ReBicycle took the Bike KREW Rodeo on tour to a couple of local schools to use on their Wheels Days. Lots of fun was had at Owhiro Bay and St Ants.
Contact us if your school is interested in borrowing our Bike Rodeo or the kids bike library. The Bike Library now includes 4 brand new 24″ MTB style kids bikes (suitable for ages 9-12) and spare helmets. We ask for a small koha to cover transport costs and repairs.
Kia orāna! It’s official… We’re moving to Newtown!
We’re super excited to be part of this new enterprise with The Mechanical Tempest and Newtown Festival. Thanks also to the support of Wellington City Council and the wonderfully generous people of Life and Hope.
We’ll be keeping you up to date with how our applications for funding for a shipping container go, and when the moving working bee is happening! There’s lots of work to do and we’ll need your help.
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.
We’re pretty pleased today to launch our bike trailer fundraiser via Give a Little.
We’ve got a unique opportunity (through some awesome supporters) to buy and kit-out a trailer for our kids bike library and skills course, but we need to raise $2750 before Christmas to make it happen!
So we’re asking you for an hour of your time. Not an actual hour, as we know December is a busy time, but what you’d earn in an hour. So far we’ve clocked up about 230 volunteer hours – through bike mechanics, people driving around picking up bikes, people dropping off bikes and all the admin side of stuff. If we could match the number of volunteer hours with even half that number of ‘donated hours’ we reckon we’ll reach our goal.
Heard enough? Then head on over to our Give a Little page to make a huge difference for kids in Wellington.
So what’s this bike trailer about? The idea is to create a mobile ‘Bike Rodeo’. The trailer will hold 12-20 kids bikes of different sizes, a skills (or obstacle) course, and all the other important stuff, like comfy chairs for parents and sunblock for kids. We’ll take our bike trailer to every fair or festival that will have us! Along with some trained cycle skills instructors who can teach kids to ride, or help them conquer the obstacles (big or small, real or figurative).
We reckon (and the research backs us up) that learning to ride a bike has a huge number of benefits for kids. It builds fitness, confidence, resilience, curiosity, a sense of adventure and spatial awareness. And it’s fun! It’s a right of passage for every kiwi kid, but not every kiwi kid currently has access to a bike, so we want to fix that. If you’ve heard of the awesome Bikes in Schools projects, think of this as a mobile version which fills the gaps which Bikes in Schools hasn’t reached yet.
So please support our Bike Rodeo project – spread the word by sharing this page on Facebook, twitter, or whatever the latest social media thing is. Email your friends and mention it at your school gate. And if you can, please give us an hour!
We had a great time on Saturday at Sustainability Trust, fixing up some of the donated bikes. Many thanks to the Trust for having us, to Mechanical Tempest for the loan of bike stand and parts, and to Mayor Celia Wade-Brown for the yummy brownies!
We arrived with six bikes in various states of disrepair and left with five functional bikes, two still needing a bit more love and one box of parts!
Thanks for all the donations and support, and big ups to our awesome volunteers for giving up their Saturday morning. You all rock!
Several of these bikes will be joining a family of former refugees in Porirua who can use them to get to classes, school and eventually work. Ka mau te wehi!
After several years of teaching cycle skills around the Wellington region, it was clear to ReBicycle founders Mike and Hilleke Townsend that many kids didn’t have access to good usable bikes. Then a Facebook post prompted Hilleke into action. A steady stream of former refugees would be arriving in the Wellington region. These people often arrived with nothing, and it could be years before they would be able to drive or afford to run a car. She came across an Auckland initiative, Recycling Bicycles for Refugees, which put it simply;
“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.”
So, after a night of bouncing name ideas off each other (names are important, right?), Hilleke and Mike founded ReBicycle. Together with fellow board members, Leah Murphy and James Burgess, and a dedicated group of volunteers they are steering the collection of quality donated bikes, fixing them up and distributing them through referrals from local agencies.
The first bikes went out to a Syrian family of former refugees. They’re still learning English so we’ll let the kids laughter show their appreciation.