ReBicycle ‘upcycles’ and rehomes donated second-hand bikes with people who need them. Donations help us make to make this happen.
What is it?
ReBicycle is a new 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 and low/no income families.
It's a community-led initiative that gives back to the community, preventing useful resources ending up in the landfill, reducing carbon emissions and enabling free healthy transport options and a bit of fun!
All bikes are donated or cheaply sourced, parts are donated or bought, and mechanics volunteer their time where possible.
We are working with Cycle Aware Wellington, Mechanical Tempest and Pedal Ready to provide all the expertise needed to get people up and riding, safely.
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.
In addition to our upcycled bikes, we are building a bike trailer complete with kids bikes and obstacle course - or 'Bike Rodeo' - to take to community events and schools to give more kids opportunities to learn to ride, gain confidence and have fun outdoors.
Where is money spent?
Each bike is kitted out with a new helmet donated by Wellington City Council and new riders can sign up for free cycle skills lessons with Pedal Ready. However, we try as much as we can to also provide new riders with the basics they might need to keep their new wheels rolling: a pump, puncture kit and some lights. We also need to buy new parts from time to time and cover mileage for volunteers who collect and drop off bikes. When funds allow, we may also pay our project manager and professional mechanics to keep the project rolling.
More about us
ReBicycle ‘upcycles’ donated second-hand bikes into safe, practical commuter bikes to gift to people who need them (starting with newly settled refugees in the Wellington region and those on low/no incomes).
“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.” - Recycling Bicycles for Refugees (Auckland)
Kia ora koutou katoa,
Around these parts February is known as Bike Month! And we're hoping to take that to the next level.
ReBicycle Trust is pretty much run by me with a huge amount of support from my partner Mike. He works all day to pay the bills then helps out in the weekend to fix up bikes. We also have two small assistants, ages 3 and 1, who are yet to master the art of truing a wheel but are pretty happy to help pump up tyres and get into the box of spare parts. My family has given up most of our garage, half our dining and a whole lot of my time to make ReBicycle work. Now it's time to do something for them.
Mike and I need a bunch of time to bring the 50-odd bikes stacked in our garage back to life. We also need time to fix up the trailer for the bike rodeo. We need time to design, build, and paint the obstacles for the skills course. We need time to organise events. We need lots of time!
Since ReBicycle's inception I've spent about 10-20 hours a week, in between nappy changes, daycare pick ups, mealtimes and 'real' work. So far we've made it work. But things are getting a bit tight. Both the bank account and the garage have no more wiggle room left.
So here's my brilliant plan:
Mike has a few weeks off in February which he can put to good use, to help fix bikes, juggle kids while I plan events and we build obstacles...but as he's a contractor this will be unpaid. If we could raise enough money to cover our bills and the kids daycare, we could make this work. That's about $1500 a week for the 4 weeks of February.
ReBicycle is (soon to be) a charitable trust and so far has no employees. I'm not paid for any of my time. But for the month of February, I'm asking our awesome supporters if you could help us cover our bills so we can dedicate our time to take ReBicycle to the next level?!?