Free Ride and Rebicycle will be kicking off spring with a free fix up at The Naenae Village Market's Koanga Festival Saturday September 3rd from 9am-1pm.
Bring your bike along for a free fix up or safety check*
The Fix Up is part of a new initiative from Free Ride, which provides a range of programmes to support new and returning riders. The Fix Up will happen for free on the first Saturday every month at The Naenae Village Market.
The rest of the month, we'll be working in the Free Ride Workshop at 35 Hillary Court with anyone who wants to learn skills to fix bikes.
Free Ride Workshop
The Free Ride Workshop programme kicks off the following Saturday and will run 3 Saturdays a week, providing a space, tools and mentoring so that anyone can learn basic skills to fix bikes. The Workshop comes off the back of months of success using a local shop to host fix ups and bike giveaways. Project lead Lily Chalmers has worked to get support from Hutt City Council to open and trial the workshop idea for one year.
Ross Bailey from Bike Rescue will be the head mechanic, guiding volunteers through basic training to learn how to change and fix a tyre, replacing brake pads and cables, and a basic safety check. We'll be working on donated bikes, with the hope to build a base of people who can help us fix up and giveaway more bikes.
The Free Ride programme is built from the membership survey. With over 200 members involved already, there is a clear steer on what they want, and what needs to be delivered. Over 50 people have asked for free mechanic training or access to a workshop and tools.
The Fix up happens at The Naenae Village Market on the first Saturday of the month from 9am-1pm. All other Saturdays, find us at 35 Hillary Court.
With thanks to Hutt City Council
*If bikes need more than $30 parts to be fixed, we will ask for you to pay for parts and we'll provide the labour for free.