Help Build Bicycle Junction’s New Community Hub! 🚲 By Bicycle Junction

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About Help Build Bicycle Junction’s New Community Hub! 🚲

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Bicycle Junction is growing and moving from our Newtown origins to a more central and versatile space at 1 Marion Street! We’re excited to build a bigger and better community… with YOU! With your help, in our new location we will engage and inspire more people to make Wellington a vibrant, cycle-centric city! More space to do more cool stuff! YEAH!

 

We want to create a friendly and warm home for people on bikes and especially for those who don't yet know they want to ride bikes. A cornerstone of our shop is inspiring people who don't currently ride bikes to join the movement. We do this by creating events that engage the cycling community and inspire new riders to join in, and of course by having beautiful, high-quality bikes that are easy to maintain and a joy to ride.

 

We will continue to create events that inspire, but also offer workshops that educate, a fleet of bikes that can be borrowed, and we will support community ideas for cycling related projects with funding, equipment and planning support.

 

We think the corner of Marion Street and Ghuznee is the ideal spot to make all this happen! It's about turning a regular bike shop into a mixed-use cafe, workshop, community venue, and retail space. We want to create more feel-good bike events to boost the cycling "cool factor" in the city but we need your help!

 

We’re asking for wider funding from our community to support making this space a community asset that we can all feel proud of. We’ve put together some sweet, sweet rewards, including some special services that will make your life so much easier!

Why do we need your help?

We’d like to raise money to offset the costs of fit-out, moving and upgrading the space. We need money to also acquire some much-needed tools to support our community events such as a Bicycle Sound System and PA, Bicycle Generator units for outdoor cinema or performance, and setup a bicycle library so that newcomers may explore the idea of living by bike.

 

With your help, we can do more for our community. Over the past 4 years we have put tens of thousands of dollars towards supporting community events and organisations. This support has taken the form of creating events, sponsorship, loan of props and equipment and considerable paid time of our team in organizing and delivering these to our community. We certainly intend to continue to grow this community support. Having some community buy-in to help create the props will give us a headstart and allow us to do more in a shorter space of time.

 

For years we have wanted to build a proper sound system bike, have our own bicycle generator system, build a projector bike and have a fleet of bikes always ready and available to support community events. We have a long wishlist of equipment and event ideas that we would love to bring to life. We would also like to build the new space in a way that it has the flexibility to operate as a community venue for workshops, gig nights, bike movie nights and many other events. Designing and building a space that is versatile as both retail and venue is challenging and more costly than a dedicated retail space. As a small family business we can't always stretch to build these things as soon as we'd like, which is why we are asking for your support to make them happen. 

 

And now for rewards...

In return for supporting our ambitions we've put together some great rewards. From puncture repairs to forcing Dan to do humiliating stunts. There’s even a way to show your support forever by putting your name on the wall in the new shop! Have you considered a more sustainable way to move your flat? We can do that by bike! Want a new bike for yourself? We've got that too! Have you ever wanted to take a pedicab to the airport instead of Uber? Sorted.

 

Whether you are a commuter, family, pedestrian, neighbour or new to cycling, we have something for everyone!

 

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So… what is a community hub?

Four years ago, we chose the name Bicycle Junction because it carried with it the idea that we wanted to be a crossroad between those who ride and those who do not yet ride. A meeting place, a junction point in people's ilves where they are introduced to life by bike.

Bicycle Junction believes a bicycle hub (or junction) should be a place that is open to everyone. A place that brings people together, where ideas can mix and community can thrive. It's quite the opposite of a club because the doors are open to all people, there's no membership and there's no expectation that you ride a bike. After all, riding bikes is about all the other things it enables you to do-- riding a bike is simply a great way to get you there.

We want to create a vibrant cycle-culture in Wellington, one that makes people want to be a part of it. We want to be the spark that catches fire, encouraging other shops, individuals and groups to join in to make cycle-culture something that a new generation of people feel compelled to be a part of. Something that helps share the culture of our beautiful city into one that is bicycle friendly.

Many of us who ride already have our own reasons for riding: we love the exercise, the solitude, or the rush. For many of us, cycling has been a lifetime activity but for the majority, this connection to cycling either stopped at adulthood or was never fostered. To engage our friends and co-workers in the joys of cycling, we need to break down the barriers to engagement by way of education, encouragement and the right bikes for the job. We want to make our events larger than life and full of excitement, joy and camaraderie. Events that get people thinking, "I want to be a part of this."

   

What else does Bicycle Junction do?

From the start, we've supported our community. From the free air pump that sits out the front of our Newtown store 24/7 to the more than 100 bicycles we have assembled free of charge for local schools in the Bikes in Schools program. We are committed to doing our bit. We also support both local and national cycling organisations in the pursuit of cycling infrastructure.

 

As one of the small group of businesses that are registered members of the living wage movement we believe in a fair wage for a fair work. We believe in running an ethical business that puts its returns into it's staff, its product and it's community. For that reason we have a minimal spend on marketing, preferring to see this cost go towards events that the community enjoy, and a team that offers a level of service, second to none.

 

We are very proud of our service, our quality of product and all the things we have done within the community. These are the things that give us satisfaction in our work. But we think we can achieve even more in our new location. Our job most importantly is to encourage as many people as we can to get out and ride for transport and enjoyment. We want to create a new place where people come to meet, talk and have their bike repaired in an environment where they always feel welcome and at home.

 

Thanks for being part of the community and your contribution to our campaign!

-Bicycle Junction staff-- Dan, Ezra, Stuart, Greg, Ilya, Liz and Catarina

 

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    09:43AM Wed 17/05/17 on Help Build Bicycle Junction’s New Community Hub! 🚲

    Thank you to everyone who has supported the campaign lately! We really appreciate it. We are blown away with the support so far.

    Keep checking the campaign page for updates and new rewards. We'll be adding more and more as the campaign rolls on. Our amazing community has offered some sweet stuff and we are going BIG on some of the stunts and things you can do BY BIKE! So keep an eye out.

    The exclusive print is show below along with the biggest reward of all, a Linus Dutchi 3 bicycle:

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    More to come from Garage Project, Wellington Chocolate Factory, Karma Cola, and more. 

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