Victoria’s leading transport advocate RACV has contracted the innovative charity organisation Good Cycles to operate its Melbourne Bike Share program for the next two years.
Good Cycles is a non-profit organisation, offering not only wide-ranging bicycle servicing and maintenance for CBD riders, but training and employment for people who might otherwise struggle to find genuine work opportunities. In particular, those experiencing homelessness, substance abuse, domestic violence, mental illness and disability.
Under the contract with RACV, Good Cycles will ensure effective and efficient operations of the Melbourne Bike Share service while also supporting its own social impact agenda to use bikes to improve the lives of refugees and disadvantaged people.
Good Cycles Chief Executive Officer, Jaison Hoernel said the contract will enable them to expand their reach.
“The agreement will provide significant opportunities for us to further engage, educate and employ people from vulnerable communities.
“We are thrilled to be recognised for our experience in bike maintenance and managing bike share schemes.
“We look forward to keeping the Melbourne Bike Share fleet in top condition and ensuring both tourists and locals can enjoy this fantastic service from RACV,” he said.
Melbourne Bike Share has 600 bikes across 52 stations in the City of Melbourne, City of Port Phillip and City of Yarra. Good Cycles began management of all operations from 7 November 2016.
RACV General Manager Motoring and Mobility, Gordon Oakley said RACV was delighted to have Good Cycles on board.
“Good Cycles has a well-deserved reputation for their skill, attention to detail and great customer service.
“As a 100 per cent not-for-profit operation Good Cycles supports social and community programs which are in line with RACV’s commitment to make a relevant and worthwhile contribution to the Victorian community.”
Mr Oakley said the Melbourne Bike Share contract would provide a number of new employment opportunities for many of the program participants.