In 2019 we’re launching a basic bike maintenance outreach program for schools and in community settings. This week we’ve been working with Foundation Futures. They support students who’ve been excluded from school and offer a range of alternative education activities. The lads have worked together to repair brakes and punctures on four kids bikes so that they are then ready to be donated to local children in need. If you’re interested in booking bike maintenance sessions for your school or community group get in touch!
It’s been a hectic year with more bikes sold, serviced and given away to people in need than ever before. We’re getting ready to recharge our batteries; the shops will close from the end of the day on Saturday 22nd and re-open on the 2nd January.
We’re having a look back on 2018 and making plans for 2019. We’ve loved being able to support refugees, asylum seekers and people on low incomes by providing them with bikes and aim to build on this next year. We’re also planning more maintenance classes, Velotech courses, fundraising events and pop up bike repair stations… watch this space for more info!
We’re delighted that our founder and all round legend Dorothy Craw got a shout out in the Guardian Read the article here
We’re offering FREE kids bikes from 11am on the 29th October. All bikes have been checked by a mechanic but are ‘as seen’ and don’t come with warranty. Bikes are allocated on a first come first served basis. Last time demand way outstripped supply so please be punctual and patient! All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must come with a child!
We’ve been able to send another consignment of bikes to our partners in Africa thanks to the generosity of our donors. The bikes will be shipped at the end of October and will arrive in Africa around Christmas!
Sara Newson has started at Recyke y’bike this week in the position of General Manager. Sara has many years of experience working in the voluntary and community sector in the North East and will be working with the team to develop some exciting new community outreach initiatives. She’ll also be overseeing the day to day operations. Sara says “I’m really excited to join the Recyke y’bike team and to build on the excellent work done to date. I’m also looking forward to learning lots more about bikes!”
Recyke y’bike have been working with Sir Charles Parsons to get their students cycling! Workshop staff have serviced and repaired 15 trikes to make them safe for children to use in their after school club. Recyke mechanics have also trained the school staff so that they can maintain the bikes for the children to enjoy!
It’s summer! The sun is shining! And children love being out in the sun in the summer on their bikes!
What’s that, you say, “But my child doesn’t have a bike (sad face)”
Fear not! On 30th May, Recyke y’bike is GIVING AWAY kids bikes from our Byker workshop.
So come on down and get a FREE bike!!
IMPORTANT NEWS UPDATE:
BYKER WORKSHOP IS NOW OPEN FOR DONATIONS AGAIN!!
Dr Rachel Aldred will be in Newcastle on Tuesday 12 December to talk about new analysis of England’s Active People Survey. This looks at demographic inequalities in cycling, including figures specifically for Newcastle: Which groups are under-represented in cycling, and why is this? Can we change it, and how?
Dr Aldred is a Reader in Transport (University of Westminster) and specialises in researching cycling. Her work has covered injuries, near misses, cycling equity, and cycling experiences, using a range of research methods. In 2016 she won the Economic and Social Research Council Prize for Outstanding Impact in Public Policy. She tweets at @RachelAldred and her personal website is www.rachelaldred.org
5:30-6:00pm – Registration
6:00 – 7:00pm – Talk followed by 15/20 min Q&A: Cycling Equity: who rides and who doesn’t? Why – and how can we change it?
7:15-9:00pm or later – Drinks and snacks at Bar Loco (5min walk from the Urban Science Building)
You can book your place here – it’s FREE!