Re­cy­cle your old bikes

Pass on the joys of of cy­cling

Rotorua Weekender - - Front Page - Shauni James

If you have a bike at home col­lect­ing dust, then a lo­cal ini­tia­tive which will re­cy­cle bikes and give them to those less for­tu­nate is the per­fect so­lu­tion.

Bi­cy­cle Re­cy­cle is ask­ing peo­ple to drop their old bikes out to Moun­tain Bike Ro­torua on Waipa State Mill Rd any day next week be­tween 9am and 5pm.

How­ever, if peo­ple can­not get bikes out there, a col­lec­tion day is be­ing held to­mor­row at the Moun­tain Bike Ro­torua shop — 1211 Fenton St — from 10am to 2pm.

In a few weeks, The Hits will be ask­ing for peo­ple to nom­i­nate those who they think should re­ceive a re­cy­cled bike.

Moun­tain Bike Ro­torua coowner Tak Mutu says the whole idea is to get more peo­ple out rid­ing and pro­vide bikes for those who are not able to get a hold of bikes.

“Not ev­ery­one can af­ford that lux­ury. At the end of the day, it’s about giv­ing to those peo­ple who don’t have a lot.”

He says they are af­ter bikes which need a bit of love to make them awe­some.

“We want bikes that are work­ing but just need a bit more care.”

Tak says they will then make the bikes as good as they can so fam­i­lies can get out rid­ing.

“We are al­ways try­ing to do as much as we can and this is one of the ways we can give back.”

Tak says Ro­torua has so much go­ing for it, in­clud­ing moun­tain

bike trails and cy­cle­ways all over the place. “We just ask for peo­ple to open up their hearts and give to those less for­tu­nate than oth­ers.”

The Hits Ro­torua an­nouncer Paul Hickey says the com­mu­nity

knows Ro­torua is al­ready re­garded as a cy­cling mecca, but there are so many peo­ple who for what­ever rea­sons have not had the op­por­tu­nity to be part of the ex­cite­ment. “So for those who

al­ready know the fun of cy­cling, this is a great way to help grow the com­mu­nity even fur­ther.”

Paul loves it when The Hits Ro­torua gets be­hind ini­tia­tives like this. “It saves some space at the

land­fills, and there’s the health ben­e­fits too.

“I’ve got many great mem­o­ries that were forged on a bike, and the more peo­ple who have the chance to do that too, the bet­ter.”

Photo / Ben Fraser

The Hits Ro­torua an­nouncer Paul Hickey (left), Ro­torua Week­ender ed­i­tor Shauni James and Moun­tain Bike Ro­torua co-owner Tak Mutu out­side the Moun­tain Bike Ro­torua store where peo­ple can drop off old bikes to­mor­row.

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