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RRC and Bicycles for Change to host free workshops

4 April, 2018Posted in: Community, Roads and Assets
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If you don’t know the difference between a gooseneck and crank arm, a new weekly bicycle repair workshop to be hosted at Council’s Resource Recovery Centre (RRC) may be the perfect course for you.

Starting Wednesday 4 April and every Wednesday thereafter, volunteers from Bicycles for Change will conduct a free hands-on workshop starting at 10am covering basic bicycle maintenance.

During the one-hour session participants will learn simple bicycle maintenance tips including how to re-fit a chain, changing a tyre and much more.

Bicycles for Change spokesperson Hans Radowitz encouraged interested participants to bring their own bikes to the workshops.

“If someone has a particular issue or question regarding their bicycle, they can bring it along and we’ll do our best to fix it for them,” he said.

Unless prior notice is given, the one-hour workshops will start at 10am each Wednesday at the Bicycles for Change compound located within the grounds of the RRC.

The Bicycle Repair Workshops are free to attend however numbers are strictly limited and RSVP’s are essential.  Based on initial uptake more sessions on alternate days, including weekends, may be added to the schedule.

Phone Elizabeth at the RRC on phone 4868 0507 or email at elizabeth.guest@wsc.nsw.gov.au to confirm your place.

Mr Radowitz explained that Bicycles for Change is a global volunteer group whose core purpose is to recycle bikes to provide to overseas communities in need.  The Southern Highlands branch works out of Council’s RRC with the team recently shipping their fifth container-load of bicycles to Namibia.

“We estimate that since starting our repairs from the Resource Recovery Centre eight years ago we’ve restored and shipped over 2,000 bikes to southern Africa,” Mr Radowitz said.

“We remind residents that we still accept pre-loved mountain bikes, wheelchairs and walkers.

“All donated bikes are repaired on site and are eventually shipped to Namibia where they are used to help health care and education workers cover distances which would normally be travelled by foot,” he said.

Bicycles and wheelchairs can be dropped off free-of-charge at the RRC during normal business hours.  The Resource Recovery Centre is located at 177 Berrima Road, Moss Vale.

For more information visit bicyclesforchange.com or phone 4883 7262.

Bicycles for Change is a registered NSW charity and incorporated association staffed by volunteers.

Second-hand bikes and bicycles spares can often be found at the adjacent Reviva Centre also located within the grounds of the Resource Recovery Centre.