Bikes Change Lives

Good Cycles is a social enterprise – 100% of the revenue from our commercial operations including our bicycle shop, Bicycle Maintenance Courses, and operations of  Melbourne Bike Share, goes towards our community programs and initiatives.  Our vision is an Australia focused on advancing equality, health and sustainability through bicycles and cycling. We use bicycles as a vehicle to create meaningful and lasting opportunities for people and communities in need.

 The Issues We’re Addressing

Good Cycles’ Social Programs work with those experiencing disadvantage from a range of communities – including at-risk youth, long term unemployed, recent refugees and asylum seekers. With a particular focus on the transitional labour market – as a social enterprise we provide immediate work experience and employment opportunities to those participating in our programs whilst establishing long term employment outcomes through our extensive industry networks. A bike is far more than just a mode of transport, it can provide skills, focus and a broad range of new opportunity to those in need.

Who We Help

Good Cycles is a not-for-profit – we use all of our commercial revenue to maintain our existing programs, increase our scope and capacity, and support our social program participants. We are committed to being as broadly focused and inclusive as we can when offering our help to vulnerable people. The groups we work with include:

  • Disengaged and isolated youth and young adults
  • People with mental health issues
  • People who are long term unemployed
  • People with unstable housing
  • People with low educational attainment
  • Disengaged and isolated youth and young adults
  • People with mental health issues
  • People who are long term unemployed
  • People with unstable housing
  • People with low educational attainment

Thierry was brought to Australia  to undergo major surgery on his legs after being found in rural Madagascar.

Through the Pedal Empowerment Program he has learnt a range of skills that mean when he returns to his home he will be able to support himself and contribute to his community. The opportunities that a bike and the skills to fix and maintain one remain the same in the developing world as they are here. Read Thierry’s story here.

On joining Good Cycles’ Pedal Empowerment Program(PEP) Tim had never had a job.

He progressed through PEP and into the Good Cycles’ training program – working with our expert mechanics and getting rock -face experience. After 6 months we transitioned Tim into work in the wider industry – meaning financial independence, a renewed confidence in life and broad horizon of opportunities for the future.

How We Help

Our Programs are designed to:

Engage: Our engagement programs connect Good Cycles with the disadvantaged and vulnerable communities of Melbourne. It provides a connection point, opportunity to create relationships, teach valuable skills, and provide transport. It also decreases social isolation, provides community engagement, and places positive role models into these people’s lives. Our engagement programs also provide a pathway into our vocational training and workplace programs where our participants find they have a passion for all thing bicycles!

Up skill, train and empower: Our vocational and workplace based programs are key to what we do, they allow us to support some of Melbourne’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable communities into long term employment.

Community Programs

Vocation and Work Based Programs

The Pedal Empowerment Program

The Pedal Empowerment Program (PEP) is a vocational training course that focuses on process driving thinking and developing mechanical and employable skills. The course takes the participants through an introductory bicycle mechanic course, basic workshop skills, and relevant employment skills such as resume preparation,  interview technique, workplace rights, and provides connections with the industry. Participants are also given the opportunity to volunteer at our Community Bike Sheds to gain some hands on experience fixing bicycles.

Supported Employment Program

After completing the PEP Program participants have the option to move into an intermediate bicycle mechanic course and have personalized support for their resumes and interview skills from a HR consultant, and a budget set up from a financial planner.

 Work Experience Program

After completing the PEP program participants may be invited to work at Good Cycles for 3-6 months. Participants will work through a structured program designed to prepare them for long-term employment in the Bicycle Industry

Engagement Programs

Community Bike Sheds

These programs are an opportunity for the community to connect with Good Cycles in a drop in style program at two Melbourne locations. The activities cover fixing your bicycle to learning how to ride, and provide the chance of  earning a bicycle of your own.

 

North Melbourne Community Centre

Thursdays 3pm-6pm

Carlton

TBC

Women’s Only Program

The Women’s Only Program is an opportunity for women to connect with one another and learn about bicycles in a safe environment. This program runs once a month and is open to women of any age, background or riding ability.

 Fixing The Cycles – Schools Program

Fixing the Cycles works with alternative and disengaged students in Melbourne. The participants learn how to maintain their bicycles the program connects them into the cycling community in Melbourne. We are currently working with five schools across the greater Melbourne region.

 Youth Justice – YSAS Dandenong

Good Cycles have partnered with YSAS and Youth Justice in Dandenong to deliver engagement programs for the Youth on corrections orders, and young peoples struggling with mental health issues. This program is designed to connect the young people to the cycling community, provide an affordable transport option, and improve their mechanical skills.

 Quinn House – Shifting Gears

Quinn House is an alcohol and drug rehabilitation service that runs in Melbourne. This program is designed to connect the participants to the cycling community, provide an affordable transport option, and improve their mechanical skills.

 Partner Program – WeCycle

WeCycle recycle unwanted bikes and re-home them with people who need them. Good Cycles has partnered with WeCycle to support their mechanical training, and help develop their program. We are really excited by their amazing work – check them out! (http://www.wecycle-melbourne.com/)

 Partner Program – Rumbalara/Bicycles For Humanity

Good Cycles was approached by Bicycles for Humanity and Rumbalara to train their trainers to do what we do here in our engagement based programs

http://www.rumbalara.org.au/

http://www.bicyclesforhumanity.com/