Small charities Kids Kabin and Recyke y Bike have been working with the communities of Walker and Byker in the east end of Newcastle for many years, and are long-time supporters of each other’s work, having partnered to host weekly street bike repair workshops that have grown to be vitally important for families in these areas, where the cost of living crisis is having a disproportionate impact, and other forms of transport are not always accessible. The Big East End Bike Fix Fund will secure weekly street bike repair workshops in both Byker and Walker for a year, starting in February 2023, with mobile pop-up sessions running from April to October. Children will work out what needs fixed, select and reuse spare parts, and learn how to use a variety of bike tools both confidently and safely. Not only will they develop new skills, but they’ll work together to help each other. Kids will be able to borrow toolkits to help them to put their learning into practice between session.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The Big East End Bike Fix Fund will enhance the problem solving and teamwork skills of young bike mechanics, building their confidence and giving them practical knowledge they can share with others that will stay with them for life. In addition, hundreds of bikes will be fixed, saving families money, preventing bikes going to landfill unnecessarily, and helping more local children learn about re-use and recycling. They’ll also be empowered to choose cycling more as an active, healthy, and environmentally-friendly way of getting around Finally, workshops will encourage children and families to work positively together in the streets and in parks, leading to stronger local relationships and greater community ownership of our places. • A £5 donation will pay for one young person to receive a one-to-one bike check and repair • £10 will pay for the parts needed for one workshop • And £25 will see five young people receive one-to-one bike check and repair support
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About the space
Walker and Byker in the east end of Newcastle upon TyneCustom Location
Newcastle City Council