Bike Again!

Organization Sponsor: Ecology Action Center

Organization Partner: Halifax Regional Municipality

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Program Description

Bike Again is a community project that transforms used bike parts into new bikes, making bicycling more affordable and accessible to everyone.It maintains a fleet of bikes for people to borrow. You can own a bike in return for volunteer service or offering something in exchange. It offers repair services and Bike Education programs.

Grand RE-Opening, Noon - 3pm, Sat June 9,2007.Bloomfield Centre, 2786 Agricola Street
Come help us celebrate the opening of our new space, meet our volunteers and take a tour. Bike Again is a community run bike recycling program with tools and parts for community use. We also offer courses in bicycle maintenance and safety.

May 25 to July 13 (every Sunday from 9-11)
Halifax's Bike Again! Community Bike Project of the Ecology Action Centre presents a seven-week bike repair and maintenance course.

The course will run each Sunday morning from 9:00-11:00 a.m., beginning May 25 and ending July 13 (there will be no class on June 22). The class will be conducted on a drop-in basis. That is to say, you do not have to attend every class, you can just come whenever you like.

The cost is $5 per class (free for current Bike Again! volunteers). The money will go back into Bike Again! to help support this local community project and encourage sustainable transportation in the H.R.M.
The outline of the course is as follows:

Lesson 1 (May 25): introduction to tools; wheels, tires & tubes
Lesson 2 (June 1): hubs & bearings
Lesson 3 (June 8): cranksets, chainrings, crankarms, bottom brackets
Lesson 4 (June 15): cassettes, freewheels, chains, headsets, forks,handlebars, stems
Lesson 5 (June 29): shifting systems - levers, derailleurs, cables
Lesson 6 (July 6): braking systems - levers, shoes, cables
Lesson 7 (July 13): pedals, saddles & seatposts, + Q & A free-for all!

The course will take place at Bella Muse, on the northwest corner of the intersection of Agricola St. and Charles St. in Halifax.

To register and learn what materials to bring, please call Stacey Willick at 423-9813.

Bike Again! works to make bicycles accessible to everyone and to encourage this affordable and healthy mode of transportation. We have a large and growing collection of used bikes and parts that we receive through donations. A group of volunteers works to fix these bikes and redistribute them to those who want or need a bicycle. If you would like to donate a bicyle, want a bicycle, or would like to begin volunteering with Bike Again!, please contact the group by e-mail at [email protected]

For more information, please contact:

http://www.ecologyaction.ca

Program Approximate Cost: 

free

Funding Sources: 

United Way, Resource Recovery, Mountain Equipment Coop, Bike Again! received project proposals from artists and awarded $3,900 in grant money to nine recipients. The provincial Resource Recovery Fund Board provided funding for the project .

Strategies For Sustainability: 

Motivation for project is powerful. It includes recycling, Active Transport and Physical Activity goals.

Impact Of Program: 

Since 2000, 800 bikes have been given away and around 60 bikes a year recycled.

Evaluation Tools: 

Number of people reusing recycled bikes.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

Over 60 volunteers and two part time staff distribute bikes on short term and long term loans. The goal is to increase the number of cyclists on the streets and to provide an affordable place to get bikes and to fix them.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

Space and Volunteers recruitment have been a challenge but at the moment project is working well.

Length and Stage of Project: 

This project began in 2000 and has been operating since.

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