Low-cost bike repairs popular

Volunteer bicycle repairer Alex Gorrie helps University of Otago student Yelah Mcdougall during an Enviro-Week event yesterday. Photo: Peter McIntosh
Volunteer bicycle repairer Alex Gorrie helps University of Otago student Yelah Mcdougall during an Enviro-Week event yesterday. Photo: Peter McIntosh
About half a dozen bicycles were repaired and awareness was raised about do-it-yourself bicycle repairs during an event at the University of Otago campus yesterday.

Information about other forms of sustainability, including composting, was also provided by Students for Environmental Action at the noon event, held outdoors near the University Union building.

The activities were part of the inaugural Enviro-Week on campus.

University third year BSc ecology and zoology student Yelah Mcdougall (21) was pleased to have some work done on her bike, getting her ''back on the road''.

''It's so helpful that they can do these workshops,'' she said.

Volunteer bicycle repairer Alex Gorrie was pleased the two-hour repair session had raised awareness of two Dunedin do-it-yourself bicycle repair workshops: one at The Crooked Spoke, at 111 Moray Place, and the other at the Valley Community Workspace, in Allen St, Northeast Valley.

Providing low-cost repairs, and teaching cyclists how to tackle the work themselves through the do-it-yourself repair centres, was helping to make cycling more affordable and sustainable, Mr Gorrie said.

Bicycle repair volunteer and Malcam Trust co-ordinator Guy Pringle said the repair session had ''helped create awareness'' of low-cost repair options.

Another-do-it-yourself bicycle repair session will be run at the same spot, on the University Union lawn, between noon and 2pm today.

john.gibb@odt.co.nz

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