Bike KREW School Days

Bike KREW School Days

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.

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Newtown Bike Hub

Newtown Bike Hub

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.

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Rescheduled: Celebrate Newtown – Bike KREW Rodeo

Rescheduled: Celebrate Newtown – Bike KREW Rodeo

RESCHEDULED!
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.

http://www.newtownfestival.org.nz/celebrate-newtown-bike-rodeo/

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Give a Little – fundraiser for our Bike Rodeo trailer

Give a Little – fundraiser for our Bike Rodeo trailer

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!

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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!