Solution: Repair service. Owner: Colchester Bike Kitchen. Circular Strategy: Repair.
Founded in 2015 with the mission of empowering people with the skills and knowledge to maintain their own bikes. Colchester Bike Kitchen (CBK) also run maintenance classes for upkeeping of bikes to keep bikes in good use.
Where it’s not possible or economical to repair a bike, CBK encourage users to donate it to the local charity Re-Cycle bikes to Africa, where it can be refurbished for resale or stripped down for parts or to be recycled.
Run by steering committee of 3 people and 8 volunteer mechanics.
Potential circular economy impact
Repairing and maintaining the bikes value to keep people cycling and out of car use.
People: Staff/volunteers for logistics and diagnostics.
Resources: Electric cargo bike; library of tools; bike mechanics.
Implementation: Item repair.