It has all the ingredients for a great community story: Adelaide Bike Kitchen, a group of bicycle fanatics fix bikes (for cheap), run workshops by donation, and help keep Adelaide locals cycling. Suddenly, due to planned site redevelopment, they lose their home (a warehouse in Bowden) and need the help of their community to keep them in action.
For the past four years, the team at Adelaide Bike Kitchen (ABK) have run weekly bike maintenance workshops in a space full of creativity, culture, good food, great company and bicycles. They’re open to the public and people have the opportunity to learn how to fix their own bikes, have a meal, and strengthen Adelaide’s thriving cycling community. The establishment is a safe and supportive space for people of all ages, genders, sexualities, and backgrounds; empowering cyclists of any level with the knowledge of bike mechanics. It has a history of hosting workshops exclusively for those identifying as female and non-binary, as well as recycling and finding new homes for old bikes. What’s not to love? It’s well worth saving. That’s where we come in.
With the intention of keeping Adelaide Bike Kitchen open and local, the people behind the organisation have applied for a state grant through Fund My Neighbourhood, which (if successful) will cover relocation costs. They need your votes.
Fund My Neighbourhood allows South Australians the opportunity to nominate projects that will improve our city. Voting closes on 20 November.
Adelaide Bike Kitchen secretary Joey Fagan is working hard to recruit volunteers to help with the move and the gradual clean-up of the current location. “We’re working with the local council to locate a new place for us,” he says. “They’re keen to keep us in the area but we’ll definitely have to downsize from the warehouse we have now.”
The workshops are run on donations and are run by passionate volunteers. The last workshop for 2017 will be held on Wednesday 13 December. The grant is crucial for ABK to open their doors again in 2018 and a re-opening date to be advised.
“I think Adelaide is a really supportive community,” Joey says. “It’s small enough that there’s only a few degrees of separation between most people. We provide a simple way for people to create bonds.”
Adelaide Bike Kitchen will host a ‘come and vote’ picnic on Saturday 12pm to 5pm with food, tunes and kid-friendly activities to try muster votes to fund their relocation. Browse all South Australian projects and cast your vote before 20 November.