We Cycle

From Bike Collectives Wiki

We Cycle
Website http://www.wecycle-melbourne.com/
Email wecyclemelbourne(at)gmail.com
Founded 2016
Location Gumbri (Batman) Park, Arthurton Road and St George's Road, Northcote,, VIC 3070, Australia
Language
Services Offered
Mission Statement Providing low-cost bicycles to marginalised members of our community



We_Cycle is a bike workshop in Melbourne, Australia repairing and supplying bikes to those in need.


Contact Info

wecyclemelbourne (at) gmail.com http://www.wecycycle-melbourne.com

History

We Cycle was founded by Craig Jackson (1971-2021) and Gayle Potts, who met in 2015 at the City of Darebin Community Leaders in Sustainability Program in Melbourne's inner north. They shared interest in promoting bicycles as an affordable and sustainable means of transport. In 2016 Craig and Gayle collected bicycles and worked (from their backyards) to repair and re-home almost eighty with refugees and asylum seekers who were referred to them by caseworkers from support agencies. In January 2017 WeCycle expanded and continued this work in a small vacant Council building in Gumbri (Batman) Park, Northcote. It is now a registered Association with a Board. There is a team of regular and occasional volunteers, but no paid staff.


Services Offered

Volunteers collect or receive, refurbish, and distribute around 80-110 bikes a year to those in need across Melbourne. We-Cycle occasionally sells bikes or parts that cannot be re-home, and assists local residents with inquiries. In 2021 it started running a monthly bike check scheme, with the Council. The shed is usually open 10-3 Saturdays, unless there is a pandemic shutdown. Outside the shed the volunteers have also designed bikes, adapted bikes for special needs, written a book (Cycle Zoo), toured extensively, and researched bike workshops worldwide.