Call for more cyclists in city

NEW BUILD: Bernard Farrant at work on Recycle a Dunger last month.
NEW BUILD: Bernard Farrant at work on Recycle a Dunger last month.

The founder of a new experimental bike shed in Christchurch hopes it will spark new interest in cycling and recycling.

Recycle a Dunger (RAD) project manager Richard Sewell said more cyclists were needed in the rebuilt city.

Providing a place where bikes could be repaired was one ride in that direction.

"We were looking at the amount of materials - building and cycling - going to waste and came up with a theme of cycling and recycling," Sewell said.

The result was a Gap Filler-supported community bike shed on an empty section at 165 Gloucester St. RAD provides tools, parts, manuals and expertise on a voluntary basis.

Riders can bring their bikes in for repair assistance and advice. The project also accepts donated bikes and parts for recycling.

The project includes a 10 square metre shed built with recycled and salvaged timber. It is relocatable when the land is needed by its owner for rebuilding.

On Saturday, volunteer Ollie McLaren was fixing a 10-speed woman's bike.

The British urgent-care physician, who moved to Christchurch with his partner in September, said he had a "healthy obsession" with biking and when he heard about Gap Filler and the RAD project, he "didn't have a choice" but to join.

RAD opened at the weekend as part of the Festival of Transitional Architecture.

Sewell expected the project to change: "We'll see what works, what doesn't and what's useful".

The Press