Biketec is a programme that integrates youth development, health and education with environmental principles and community involvement. The programme gives young people the opportunity to learn to safely ride and maintain a bicycle with the health benefits that that entails, returns otherwise rubbished bikes to service and is a valuable community service with teams of people coming together to ride and maintain bikes.
Biketec is a four-faceted idea – we call them the ‘links in the chain’. The links are Youth, Environment, Health and Community. Each link benefits from and contributes to the others.
The Biketec programme was conceived as an initiative by Secret Level Youth Centre manager, Simon Gilbert. He found that many youth were unable to come to Secret Level in the Lower Hutt CBD because they couldn't afford the cost of public transport. Simon started building bicycles for them out of scrap/donated/found parts.
Some of Simon's work so far:
- He built a fleet of bikes for the low decile schools so that they could participate in the Weetbix TRYathlon
- He assists Council’s annual staff bike week, making sure staff have safe bikes to ride and have confidence to ride
- He provides bikes for Greater Wellington’s Pedal Ready programme where needed
Council’s sustainability team supports the project because it minimises waste through reuse and recycling.
The Biketec team regularly offer their assistance to the public at community events: for example they host a 'bike tune-up' stall at Te Ra o Te Raukura festival each year.
The initiative received 'merit' recognition at the Hutt City Bright Sparks competition.
Want to know more?
If you’d like to know more or want to become involved, please contact Sandy Beath-Croft firstname.lastname@example.org or 04 570 6666.
Read about Biketec in an article on stuff.co.nz
Visit Simon's Biketec website or Facebook page.