Pedal power helps maintain public assets
A partnership with social enterprise, Good Cycles, is providing youth employment pathways for a trio of workers who travel around our City on e-cargo bikes to perform repair jobs.
Kalman, Andrew and Liam work to maintain around 1,000 roadside assets including picnic tables, chairs and bench seats.
Getting around on e-cargo bikes rather than a maintenance utility vehicle is proving to be an eco-friendly alternative which is saving about 4.4t of Co2 emissions a year. The bikes offer added flexibility for the young workers to navigate the City and can safely carry up to 350 kg of tools and materials.
“People stop us all the time and ask us about what we’re doing,” Andrew said. “When we explain it to them, everyone just thinks it’s great.”
Good Cycles delivers the services on behalf of our Council’s infrastructure maintenance services contractor Fulton Hogan.
“They provide an excellent service working in the parks, sanding and staining seats, tables and benches – ultimately transforming these kinds of assets which then positively shapes how the community use these public spaces,” Fulton Hogan Operations Manager Tim Rodier said.
Good Cycles reinvests 100 per cent of its profits into providing young Victorians with employment opportunities and pathways to improve their future while minimising the risks of disengagement and long-term unemployment.
For more information about Good Cycles, visit www.goodcycles.org.au.
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