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Action on climate change,one bike at a time

Media Release from Cycling Advocates Network

Subject: 350 Big Bike Fix up for 10/10/10 Global Working Bee

Inspiring action on climate change,one bike at a time

The owners of broken-down bikes are being urged to dust them off and bring them down to Shed 1 on Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour on Sunday 10 October.

Hundreds, including journalist Rod Oram, are expected to haul disused bikes out of storage as part of a world-wide day of action on climate change, says organizer Pippa Coom.

“In garages all over Auckland bikes with loose spokes, rusty chains, dodgy brakes and flat tyres just need a little work to get them roadworthy. A team of volunteers at the Big Bike Fix Up will be making bikes safe and ready for a summer of cycling.”

“We expect a party atmosphere at Shed 1 with cycling skills training, workshops, activities for kids, leisurely bikes rides and entertainment,” says Ms Coom.

The Big Bike Fix Up is one of 6500 events registered for the global climate change work party.

10/10/10 — the Global Climate Working Bee — is a day when thousands of communities across the globe will come together to celebrate climate solutions.

Rod Oram, a supporter of climate change group 350 Aotearoa, will arrive at midday on his electric Yike Bike with two of his family's bikes to donate. Bikes will be fixed up and donated to Refugee Services Auckland.

Climate change is incredibly big problem that will only be solved by lots of people doing small things such as using bikes for transport, says Mr Oram.

“On another level cycling is about the many personal benefits. I have enjoyed cycling for a long time but appreciate there are lots of people who haven’t had the same opportunity, so by passing on my old bikes it gives others a chance to experience the pleasures and health benefits and to do their small contribution to saving energy and the climate.”

The Auckland Big Bike Fix up has inspired similar events to take place in New Plymouth, Porirua, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

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