For the first SE of the WEEK of Semester 2 we’re introducing you to Good Cycles, a slightly different type of Social Enterprise. Instead of donating profits away to partner organisations, they focus on using business to train and employ the disadvantaged as well as providing for the community.
Good Cycles offer a range of services for bike riders in the city who are in need of repairs, cleaning or a general service. They send trained mechanics to ride anywhere around the Melbourne CBD to fix the bikes of cyclists while they’re at work. The ‘we come to you’ nature of Good Cycles is a strength of their trade, as is their range of services. The main social enterprise aspect of Good Cycles are the 18 month apprenticeships to spend with a Good Cycles qualified mechanic, while teaching life skills that help the apprentices to find work in the future. The apprentices are chosen through the work of Melbourne City Mission and the Youth Support and Advocacy Service, and are often people with substance abuse problems. Good Cycles also runs Youth Programs and restores old abandoned bikes for gifts to asylum seekers, providing them with a means of transport. And of course, all of these bikes being repaired is great for the environment too!
So if your bike sounds a bit unhealthy and you’re near the CBD, ring Good Cycles!
0403 587 778