A Corrections staff member helps an offender (right) to
repair a bicycle for a bike library in South Dunedin. Photo
Offenders on community sentences are getting on their
bikes to help the community.
The Community Bike Library, based in South Dunedin, has been
bolstered by previously unwanted bikes being restored to
their former glory.
The bikes are restored by offenders serving community
sentences while under the watchful eye of a bike mechanic.
''The bike library is a great way for offenders on a
community work sentence to give back to their local
community,'' Corrections Service Manager Coyla Cameron said.
Corrections had heard about the Dunedin City
Council-supported initiative earlier this year and decided to
be involved to support the council and wider community.
''This is a project which benefits everyone involved,'' she
Donated bikes were dropped off to participating schools and
picked up by Corrections staff.
A bike mechanic, who trained offenders, and a Corrections
staff member used the donated and sometimes broken bikes to
make a functioning bike.
Of those bikes, 12 had been lent to Tainui School, where the
council had begun a bike safety course from December 2.
Children who improved their skills could then borrow a bike
over the summer period.
Community Bike Library project manager Rose Dovey said the
assistance of Corrections in restoring bikes to a high
standard had been pivotal for the pilot project.
About 50 bikes had been donated and more were wanted, but not
BMX bikes, for safety reasons, she said.
Staff at CycleWorld, in Stuart St, have volunteered to check
a sample of two bikes out of 10 for quality and safety, and
the shop provides parts at cost.
A bike pick-up can be arranged by emailing Ms Dovey on
• Community work is one of a range of community-based
sentences that can be imposed through New Zealand
• Activities include landscaping public areas, managing
community garden projects, helping in charity shops and
organisations, as well as supporting local schools and
• The sentence of community work requires offenders to do
unpaid work in the community for non-profit organisations, as
a way of making up for their offending.
• This sentence also offers an opportunity forthese
individuals to develop skills beneficial to employment and
develop good work habits.
• All of these attributes assist in reintegrating individuals
and develop their ability to constructively contribute as
members of the community.
• There are around 30,000 people on community sentences in
New Zealand at any time.
• In September, 1000 people in Otago were on a community
• In the period July 1 to December 4, 47,817 hours of
community work have been completed by offenders in
• Corrections is committed to the safety of the public and to
reducing reoffending by 25% by 2017.