Cycle scheme gaining traction Aro Valley loans popular

HOLLY DOVE
Last updated 09:18 27/03/2014

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Getting around the capital has never been easier, after the first month of a free bike-lending programme set up by Aro Valley residents.

Wunderbikes, launched in February to allow people to borrow bikes for free for up to a week, has recently been expanded, with three extra bikes added to the fleet.

Scheme organiser Sylvie Froneck said she wanted to help create a strong cycling community in Wellington, with bikes available for anyone to use.

"We want to focus on people's health, safety and community," she said.

Planning for the programme started last November when some volunteers from the Aro Valley community got together.

The group included several mechanics from Mechanical Tempest, a community bike workshop run out of a social centre in Abel Smith St.

A Pledge Me website, where people could donate money to support the initiative, was created.

Volunteers built an initial fleet of six bikes and the scheme hit its target of $1000 in just five days.

"There has been heaps of interest," Froneck said.

And, she said, more people were registering to use the bikes every day.

The bikes are located in Aro Valley at the community centre and at the Mechanical Tempest workshop.

Froneck said she would like there to be more places from which bikes could borrowed.

"I'd like to have bikes all around the city," she said.

"I want it to be a Wellington thing."

While Wunderbikes' organisers appreciate donations from individuals and local businesses, they do not want to have any advertising on the bikes.

"It's just about biking," Froneck said.

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