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Active Travel: Fairfield Bicycle Recycling


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Introduction

The bicycle recycling program is an initiative of Fairfield City Council and the Western Sydney Cycling Network Inc (WSCN). The project collects old or disused bicycles and restores them for community use. It operates from the WSCN ‘Clubhouse’(05), a purpose-built facility at the Fairfield City Showground, which includes a repair centre and club meeting rooms. The aim of the project is to encourage local residents, including those who may be new to cycling, to use the extensive local cycleway network for health and recreation, and to promote cycling as an alternative transport method.

The WSCN receives donations of old/unused bicycles from the public, which club members and volunteers repair and make available to the community. Recycled bicycles are provided at a cost from $25 for children, which includes a new bicycle helmet. The WSCN also provides training for people to learn to ride, develop skills in bicycle repair and maintenance, or to become community ride leaders and cycling coaches. Free community bike rides are held on the first Sunday of every month. These rides are led by experienced local cyclists and are designed to familiarise riders with the local cycle routes and features of the area.

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