Antony believes this makes Bikespace more accessible for communities.
“It’s been great having people come down to see us, but a fixed location can be a barrier for some people. While some can stop by on their lunch breaks, after work or on the weekends, not everyone is able to get into town during the hours we operate.
“By bringing Mobile Bikespace out to places like school events and businesses, we can open our services to a wider range of people.”
Customer Mike Nyland says using Bikespace and giving people knowledge of how to fix a bike can be life-changing.
“Recently I had some major issues with my bicycle, which is my primary form of transport. It was very unsafe and unrideable. Everything had worn out, and it was going to cost a over $900 to get it repaired. People told me to buy a new bike but sending another bike to the landfill didn’t feel right.
"I headed to Bikespace over four weekends and $135 in parts, and now my bicycle is better than it has been in years. I've also gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and now feel confident to keep my family’s bikes in top condition. I also got my wife’s bike back going after not being operational for two years and serviced my children’s bikes too.”
Mike also adds that by fixing your old bike, you’re making a big difference for the environment.
“With climate change getting more pressing, keeping people out of cars and on their bikes is very important, not to mention the health benefits that come with it. Wellington is a great city to ride in and we are seeing more improvements every year. Keeping old bikes out of the landfill is important and Bikespace is not only helping people to fix their bikes but are resourceful about taking parts off old bikes to be reutilised.”
If you need to get help with your bike repair, head along to the Cable Street location. Email Bikespace@wcc.govt.nz if you’d like to book Mobile Bikespace for your workplace or community event.