Bespoke solution to give bikes new cycle of life


Bikes 4 Life directors Sara and Chris Roe at Kimbriki. Picture: Julian Andrews

BICYCLES destined for the dump will continue to be upcycled for families in need, thanks to the generosity of the Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre.

The waste recovery site is now playing host to not-forprofit charity Bikes 4 Life, in an agreement to see the Sydney division of the charitable group pedal well into the future.

The NSW Bikes 4 Life team collects and restores about 500 unwanted bikes from landfill each year — donating them to disadvantaged communities in Thailand, Cambodia, Africa and Central Australia.

Sara Roe, who kickstarted the state’s arm of the charity with her husband Chris in 2012, said she was thrilled by the new partnership with the Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre as it ensured Bikes 4 Life could continue to operate on the northern beaches.

The partnership came months after the group’s previous warehouse lease expired in Brookvale, the 47-year-old said.

“Since we started we’ve donated more than 2000 bikes and that’s not including the number upcycled from the Melbourne and Brisbane operations,” she said.

“They’ve also up-cycled and donated more than 4000 bikes … which is fantastic because it helps kids get to school and families in disadvantaged areas,with day-today activities.”

Kimbriki asset management general manager Mark Winser said the partnership complemented the workshops and educational programs held on-site, including the Eco House and Garden.

“Our site is all about recovering and recycling waste, and Bikes 4 Life fits in with our mantra — rethink, reduce, reuse and recycle,” he said.

“We also really love their ethos of supporting emerging and third-world countries.”

›› A bike drop-off day will be held at Kimbriki from

9am on December 9.