Green bikes go again

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Porirua peo­ple will have more op­por­tu­nity to get their hands on af­ford­able and safe bikes now Trash Palace and the NZ Green Bike Trust have joined forces.

Trash Palace, Porirua City Coun­cil’s re­source re­cov­ery and re­cy­cling cen­tre, has made an un­used build­ing avail­able to Green Bikes so they can set up a per­ma­nent work­shop and join the re­cy­cling vil­lage.

This means all bikes dropped off to the re­cy­cling cen­tre will now be checked over by a Green Bike me­chanic be­fore be­ing sold with a full war­rant of fit­ness.

Trash Palace man­ager Mar­ion Ton­gariro said pre­vi­ously bikes only had their tyres pumped up and were sold ‘‘as is’’.

‘‘Ob­vi­ously that cre­ated some waste and was not the most ef­fi­cient or ef­fec­tive way of re­cy­cling bikes.

‘‘Green Bikes are com­ing on board so we can stream­line the process and pro­vide the com­mu­nity with af­ford­able, road­safe bikes.’’

The Green Bike Trust pre­vi­ously op­er­ated out of a boat shed in Ti­tahi Bay, so is look­ing for­ward to hav­ing new premises.

Me­chanic Mike Pen­hey said spe­cially de­signed art­work on the new build­ing would make it vis­i­ble to peo­ple go­ing to the land­fill or vis­it­ing Trash Palace.

The new work­shop was also close to the Te Ara a Ran­gi­tuhi moun­tain bike park in the western hills.

The project will be cel­e­brated at a launch on De­cem­ber 3 from 10am to 2pm where the build­ing will be opened by Porirua mayor Mike Tana.

Peo­ple can bring their own bikes along to the launch for free punc­ture re­pairs or a safety check.

The Green Bike Trust aimed to pro­vide sus­tain­able and af­ford­able trans­port, par­tic­u­larly for those who may oth­er­wise not be able to af­ford a bike.

This has in­cluded refugees and oth­ers in need.

From left, Green Bikes me­chanic Mike Pen­hey, Paul Leeks and Trash Palace’s Mar­ion Ton­gariro.

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