PUMPED UP FOR BIKE MAINTENANCE

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By Athena Thompson

There has been a whirlwind of activity with students getting their bikes into good working condition at the Inner West Community Bike Hub. There were 30 plus students and some parents tinkering over the April school holidays.

The students aged between 11 to 18 years participated in the 2 hour workshops that covered practical skills in maintaining a bike. With one student describing what they learnt as, “Fixing Bikes is kind of like being a mechanic”.

Glen, the head mechanic who led the workshops was impressed by the kids that came through, “All the kids were focused the entire session without a single glance at a phone. They all gave their full attention.”

In addition, Dom Zylka, an experienced educator who is also running the workshops commented, “One great outcome was that parents were just as keen as the kids to participate too. There was great interaction and engagement with families.”

Some of their favourite highlights from the students’ feedback; “It was great fun and educational.” With positive feedback on how much they enjoyed it with,

“Meeting new people and doing something new.” to “Having the one on one experience and learning a bunch of new stuff about bikes”.

The Inner West Community Bike Hub were recipients of a VicHealth Reimaging grant, which enabled them to run 16 free workshops. Each workshop is limited to 5 students with COVID safe distancing practices in mind, and gives a quality hands on experience for all.

Don’t worry, if you missed out on the April sessions – there are 8 more coming up in June school holidays – book in now so you don’t miss out: https://communitybikehub.com.au/bike-ed

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