Bike Co-ops

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nimm
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Bike Co-ops

Postby nimm » Tue Dec 23, 2008 11:07 am

This looks great (5 min video):

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/12 ... ops-la.php

Anyone heard of something similar around where you live?
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Postby itsaghostcar » Tue Dec 23, 2008 11:20 am

Couple round my way in Sydney

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Re: Bike Co-ops

Postby twowheels » Tue Dec 23, 2008 8:06 pm

nimm wrote:This looks great (5 min video):

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/12 ... ops-la.php

Anyone heard of something similar around where you live?


not as yet, but something i'm interested in becoming involved in setting up

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Postby nimm » Wed Dec 24, 2008 12:51 am

Yeah i haven't heard of any around here (Perth), I think it would be pretty popular in the right area - a lot of Perth is pretty spaced out and you need a bit of density to get enough people volunteering / using the joint.
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Postby toolonglegs » Wed Dec 24, 2008 1:00 am

very cool video :D

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Postby Pax » Wed Dec 24, 2008 7:45 am

That is inspiring!!

Thanks for posting it nimm :D

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Postby bikie26 » Thu Dec 25, 2008 12:24 am

what an excellent incentive I would love to do this

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Postby HappyHumber » Thu Dec 25, 2008 11:27 am

nimm wrote:Yeah i haven't heard of any around here (Perth), I think it would be pretty popular in the right area - a lot of Perth is pretty spaced out and you need a bit of density to get enough people volunteering / using the joint.


I've often wondered about the idea myself, for Perth. But agree with Nimm, despite an always improving bicycle path network we are very sprawled out city with relativily low density population, and a sparse public transport system between major urban centres. Whilst we may be better off than say, Sydney or Brisbane (going purely on what I've read here) we do have a few other things working against the bike culture here as well.

I remember a sticker some years back I saw around a few times: "Perth: A City for Cars".

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Postby Joeblake » Thu Dec 25, 2008 11:56 am

Whenever we have a "kerbside rubbish collection" I ride past so many "dead" bicycles that could be collected and salvaged for parts. This would be a great idea. If you ran it in conjunction with the local shire council I think it could be done on a "local" level (say within a 15 km radius catchment area.) Perhaps the friendly local bike shop could be roped to supply "new" parts at shop price if the existing supply of "recycled" bits wasn't able to meet the demand. The co-op could perhaps work a deal with the FLBS to buy in bulk at a slight discount, and then agree to resell the parts at not less than what the FLBS would charge, and the extra margin could go back to the co-op.

The council could perhaps do things like arrange to remove the toxic waste (degreaser etc) and recycle the old bits that are too badly worn to be re-used (which they would do anyway in their kerbside collection).

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