Good Cycles is a social enterprise, with all revenue from our commercial activities including our bike shop, servicing centre and bike share operations, going towards our social programs.
Our vision is an Australia focused on advancing equality, health and sustainability through bikes and cycling. We use bikes as a vehicle to create meaningful and lasting opportunities for people and communities in need.
We are dedicated to addressing some of the key issues that impact the lives of young people in Australia: unemployment, mental health and lack of regular exercise.
As a social enterprise, we use all of our commercial revenue to maintain our existing programs, increase our scope and capacity and support our social program participants. We provide immediate employment opportunities to those participating in our programs while establishing long-term employment outcomes through our extensive industry networks.
Good Cycles was founded by Loretta Curtin and Luke Wright in 2013. The idea was hatched one morning over a cup of tea. After countless more cups of tea, a multitude of meetings and a lot of hard work, the concept has grown into an inspiring non-profit organisation.
To many, Good Cycles is an organisation that simply offers practical and time-saving services to Melbourne’s cyclists. But there’s something greater at the heart of Good Cycles. Our mission is to give a helping hand to those with genuine and often serious barriers to getting ahead in life. With your help, our ongoing aim is to continue tackling social and environmental issues two wheels at a time.
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WHO WE WORK WITH
Good Cycles works with those experiencing disadvantage from a range of communities – including at-risk youth, the long-term unemployed, the disengaged and socially isolated, the physically and intellectually disabled, alcohol and drug rehabilitation centres, youth justice and prisons, refugees and asylum seekers.
Max was one of those people. He credits the program with keeping him out of jail. Max dropped out of school when he was 14 and by the time he was 18 he was in trouble with the police and running out of options. Good Cycles helped him turn all of that around.
Check out the video to hear more of Max’s story.
“BEFORE DOING THE GOOD CYCLES COURSE, I WAS REJECTED FOR JOB AFTER JOB. IT’S EASIER TO GET UP IN THE MORNING NOW… I’VE GOT OPPORTUNITIES.”
MAX, PROGRAM PARTICIPANT
Good Cycles’ social programs focus on community engagement and vocational training. We are continually evaluating and evolving our programs to ensure we best meet the needs of our participants and remain relevant in the current labour market.
Our vocational and workplace-based programs are key to what we do, allowing us to support some of Melbourne’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable communities into long-term employment.
Our engagement programs connect Good Cycles with these communities: teaching valuable skills, decreasing social isolation and placing positive role models into participant’s lives.
Some of our past programs can be found further down the page. These programs have all played a significant role in what Good Cycles has become today – an established enterprise with the connections and opportunities to help young people find meaningful employment.
BIKE THERAPY PROGRAM
These programs are based on Cognitive Behaviour Theory (CBT) and are run on site with our partner organisations, such as Headspace. Participants work in pairs to dismantle and rebuild a bike, challenging them to work together to problem solve. This builds relationships and confidence especially with participants with mental health issues.
PEDAL EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM
The Pedal Empowerment Program (PEP) is a vocational training course that focuses on process driving thinking, mechanical and employability skills. The course takes the participants through an introductory bicycle mechanic course, basic workshop skills and relevant employment skills such as resume and interview preparation, workplace rights and connecting with the industry.
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 and related industries.
COMMUNITY BIKE SHEDS
An opportunity for the community to connect with Good Cycles in a drop-in style program. The activities included fixing your bicycle and learning how to ride, with the chance of earning a bicycle of your own.
WOMEN’S ONLY PROGRAM
An opportunity for women of any age, background or riding ability to connect with one another and learn about bicycles in a safe environment.
FIXING THE CYCLES SCHOOLS PROGRAM
Working with disengaged students in Melbourne, the participants learnt how to maintain their bicycles while being connected with Melbourne’s cycling community.
YOUTH JUSTICE @ YSAS DANDENONG
A program for youth on corrections orders and young people struggling with mental health issues. The program connected young people to the cycling community, provided an affordable transport option and improved their mechanical skills.
SHIFTING GEARS @ QUINN HOUSE
Quinn House is an alcohol and drug rehabilitation service that runs in Melbourne. The program connected participants to the cycling community, provided an affordable transport option and improved their mechanical skills.
WeCycle recycle unwanted bikes and re-home them with people who need them. Good Cycles partnered with WeCycle to support their mechanical training and help develop their program.
RUMBALARA/BICYCLES FOR HUMANITY
Good Cycles worked with Bicycles for Humanity and Rumbalara to train their trainers to do what we do in our engagement-based programs.