The Bikes for Refugees programme is co-located with the Adelaide Community Bike Workshop.
Bikes for Refugees SA Incorporated (ABN 20 663 461 735) is a bike recycling scheme, that runs under the supervision of BISA, supplying bikes free of charge, to people in need.
The scheme meets the refugee/asylum seeker community need, for help with transport.
- We also help other people who are in need.
- We aim to help people in a friendly way, and without discrimination.
The scheme is a registered charity with the Australian Charities & Not-for-Profits Commission. It also holds a Licence for Collections for Charitable Purposes in SA (Lic No CCP2132). It is not-for-profit, and run by volunteers.
Most bikes are donated by the public, sometimes bike shops and schools, & we also accept donations of helmets, accessories, and bike parts in good condition.
Bikes are given out on the basis of a referral, from someone familar with the client, and their circumstances. This is often a case worker from a recognised welfare organisation, e g Migrant Resource Centre, Red Cross, Anglicare.
We also accept referrals from volunteers working with refugees; other members of the refugee community. The client then gets an appointment to visit the workshop, and picks out a bike they like.
We then check it over, and do any necessary repairs. The client can usually take their bike home the same day.
The scheme is now in its 11th year, and has handled well over 3000 bicycles.
The full report on activity for Bikes for Refugees SA for 2014 – 2015 is available HERE (pdf file – 920 Kb)
If you want to see what we do – come down to the bike workshop, we welcome visitors. We are currently based at Adelaide Community Bicycle Workshop – 111 Franklin St Adelaide. We are there every Saturday morning, 9 am to 1 pm and Mondays from 10 am to 6 pm.
Donations of bicycles or parts are always welcomed.