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Good Cycles joins the Yarra Trams Community Partnership Program

Good Cycles tram enters the network to encourage a summer of active transport

* Official press release *

Good Cycles is thrilled to participate in the 2022 Yarra Trams Community Partnership Program that provides in-kind tram wraps to six Melbourne-based charities and not-for-profits per year.

As a not-for-profit social enterprise that empowers young people facing barriers to work by offering them employment pathways, Good Cycles’ tram wrap will bring awareness to the benefits of active transport.

The Good Cycles trams’ message of ‘ride with us to a better future’ was selected as a statement that celebrates sustainable transport options, such as riding a bicycle or tram, whilst also speaking to the organisation’s objective to positively impact the lives of young people and the community.

Good Cycles provides young people with training and coaching, on-the-job experience, and professional support. It is Good Cycles’ mission to improve livelihoods, whilst contributing to more sustainable cities.

Since its foundation in 2013, Good Cycles has:

  • Helped more than 750 young people gain the skills and confidence they need to build a successful career and life in Melbourne through on-the-job training and work experience;
  • Increased paid work experience by 200% since 2017;
  • Increased performance development by 12% since 2019;
  • Enabled 70% of program participants to be job-ready;
  • Successfully supported sustained employment in over 80% of work transitions.
  • Through commercial bike shops and other activities such as partnering with commercial bike hire organisations, Good Cycles has a stable financial footing, with 100% of profits reinvested to create jobs and support young people who are moving through the training program.

In addition to bicycle retail and repair centres, Good Cycles provides numerous bike-based services around Melbourne, including car share services, bike share operations, and remedial streetscape repairs.

Since 2018, Yarra Trams has provided in-kind advertising to community organisations under their Community Partnerships Program to promote good work done in the community. The theme for the 2022 program ‘Building a Resilient and Sustainable Melbourne’, with participants supporting Victoria’s natural environment, and working to improve employment security for disadvantaged and at-risk communities.

Good Cycles is proud to be a part of this fantastic community partnership with Yarra Trams. The partnership reinforces our commitment to youth and local communities, and it provides Good Cycles with exposure and reach we would otherwise not have.

Jaison Hoernel, Good Cycles Chief Executive Officer

Good Cycles is an outstanding organisation, improving the lives of hundreds of Melburnians that are facing significant hurdles to long-term and stable employment, so I encourage all Melburnians to support Good Cycles as they dust off their bikes and think about getting a service as we head into summer. “I’m proud to have Good Cycles as one of our 2022 community partners and can’t wait to see their tram on the network.

Julien Dehornoy, Yarra Trams Chief Executive Officer
Good Cycles would like to give special thanks to Yarra Trams for allowing us to be a part of the Yarra Trams Community Partnerships Program. A huge thank you too, to Mikayla Cairney of Cairney Designs, for lending her talents to the project, and creating such an impressive, vibrant, and colourful design. The above images have been captured brilliantly by photographer James Morgan.
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JP’s Vietnam bikepacking adventure

Setting out in late August, JP, our Geelong store manager and devout adventure cyclist, ditched the morning chills of Melbourne and set forth, bike bag in tow to Vietnam. With a loose plan in mind, JP is currently exploring the south coast of Vietnam aboard his trusty Norco Search XR steel framed flat-bar bike. 

Traversing gaps between fishing villages and local resorts, the beaches, and countryside between Vung Tao and Nha Trang make for some spectacular scenery. Check out some of the pics of his adventure on our blog. You can also follow his journey’s progress on Strava, where he’s racking up the k’s each day.

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Wear it Purple Day 2022 at Good Cycles

The day itself is all about creating safe, empowering and inclusive environments for LGBTQI+ young people. This is especially important in the workplace, particularly where people may have had negative experiences, or not feel they were able to be themselves for fear of judgment or discrimination.

Kirra (Head of Innovation and Impact) with Jaison (CEO) and Mihai and Ivan from our Operations team
WIPD2022 in full effect!

The events, which also marked the commencement of work on Good Cycles’ Diversity & Inclusion Strategy, were attended by approximately 60 staff and a great time was had by all.

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Khan Churchill

Khan is a Youth Worker and leader who has been working in the youth and community sector for the past 21 years. Khan’s experience includes staff management, program development, and strategic planning across the not-for-profit and government sectors, as well as seasonal teaching in a number of tertiary-level Youth Work courses.

With a strong commitment to professional and ethical practice in youth work, Khan is passionate about human rights, meaningful participation, and inclusive practice.

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Ivan Rangel

Ivan is a world trotter, having lived in four different countries and visited over 30. In his travels, he has been exposed to many cultures and has learned to adapt to our ever-changing global community. 

Ivan has a background in teaching and hospitality, which positions him well in his role of managing and mentoring the City Services team.

Ivan is always on his bike; whether it’s commuting to the warehouse, adventuring from town to town on gravel, or even just down to the shops on smooth tarmac. Having completed the Mallee Blast in 2021, he is keen to continue participating in future endurance events. Ivan is always ready to explore new roads.plore new roads.

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Darren’s experience with Good Cycles

Right from the get-go, Darren showed a high level of resourcefulness, determination and negotiation; his enthusiasm when performing his various tasks and a natural aptitude for problem solving became a source of motivation for others, “People talk to me and they tell me “How do you solve those problems so quickly?”… Being able to think both inside and outside the box [is key].”

Through his experience at Good Cycles, Darren was able to improve and strengthen his communication and teamwork skills. Darren noted that he “used to avoid teamwork but now I’m comfortable during shifts… Communication and keeping in contact with people so they know what is going on is a big thing.”

Another big thing for Darren was the chance to be given opportunities to build personal and professional connections particularly at Citywide. In fact, one of his professional goals was to move to Citywide into a permanent position there. Darren noted that, when he was able to work at the Citywide-operated Degraves Street Recycling facility during his time at Good Cycles, he was able to make both personal and professional connections:

They assisted me in that they provided a comfortable working space which – for me – is one of the biggest things. The training they provided was sufficient for me [too].

After making use of the skills, networks and experience he gained in working shifts at the Facility, he successfully achieved his goal and moved into a permanent position at Citywide in December 2021.

Quality time with his children and family is particularly important for Darren: Darren was able to “spend more time with my kids and family” through the flexible shift structures at Good Cycles. More significantly, being employed meant being able to afford more secure housing and provide financially for his young family. Through the job security that came with working at Good Cycles, Darren was able to make huge progress in achieving his twin life goals of “a good home for my family” and “kids growing up healthy and happy”.

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Kirra Johnson

Kirra brings 16 years’ experience in for-purpose leadership; spanning senior operational, organisational development and governance roles in the mental health, homelessness, and family violence sectors. She has delivered a wide range of programs and projects that have enabled sustainable, inclusive and impactful organisations.

Kirra’s experience is complemented by formal qualifications that include Social Impact, Social Health and Health Policy, Project Management, and Social Work.

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Aisha Nicolay

Aisha brings more than 25 years of experience across multiple countries and sectors in the areas of business growth, communications, risk, and commercial management. Through governance and executive roles in consulting, engineering, and infrastructure sectors, Aisha has proven her ability to deliver viable outcomes to stakeholders with competing priorities and cultural differences. Aisha links together industry and communities to laterally co-design and systematically deliver commercial value through positive social impact.

Aisha’s leadership is authentic, sometimes quirky, and very human. A lifelong learner, she is also a Director on the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation and Executive Director at West of Melbourne Economic Alliance (WoMEDA).

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Mark’s prep for the Hunt 1000

So, starting off, could you tell us a bit about how the Hunt 1000 compares or differs from other bikepacking rides you’ve done?

The Hunt will be by far the longest and toughest ride I have done. I’m allowing 12 days to complete it with a rest day or two included in that time.  Previously the longest backpacking trip I have done is four days. I am really excited about being able to switch off from life and work for two weeks and just have riding along as my only objective!

In addition to the overall distance the amount of climbing is huge, up around 30,000m usually, which is somewhat intimidating and a bit of an unknown. I’ll have to see how that goes – I like climbing normally so it should be okay, but wow it will be some slow going!

The most appealing difference to the other stuff I have done would be the remoteness of some of the sections, particularly the really remote wilderness sections and Jagungal wilderness in particular. I’m really stoked to be able to ride through those places.

Can you tell us a little bit about your prep for this event?

My primary strategy has shifted from get as fit as possible ahead of time to ride myself fit over the first 3-4 days – it’s a bold strategy and we will see how it plays out!!

My prep has been quite stop start and interrupted by life and work unfortunately. I have been trying to ride at least an hour most days, and for the past month 90% of all my riding has been on the bike I will take loaded up so I can habituate to the way it feels and moves and the strain on my joints and muscles.

I have put in some over-nighters with some big days of distance and elevation wherever I can while juggling other commitments, but it has been difficult.

Due to my lack of preparation I have modified my plans from 10 days to 12 days just to have some time up my sleeve. I figure I’m on holidays so I should take advantage of that and enjoy myself as much as possible.

The most appealing difference to the other stuff I have done would be the remoteness of some of the sections, particularly the really remote wilderness sections and Jagungal wilderness in particular. I’m really stoked to be able to ride through those places.

What are your go-to’s for food along the way? What will you pack with you to get you through?

Lucky for me I have always enjoyed bakery treats and takeaway food! My plan is to cram my food bag full when I can and see where I get too with that.  I plan to carry a number of dehydrated meals as back up, but will eat real food as much as possible.

I have a pretty serious caffeine situation, and I have found specialty instant coffee that I can tolerate and will be bringing a supply of that too!

Riding Highcountry

Have you made any changes to your bike set up for this particular event?

My setup has been pretty consistent for the past year or so. I ride a Kona Unit X which I absolutely love. It’s by far the most comfortable bike I have ever owned. Highlights include a Tumbleweed Persuader bar, a custom frame bag from Rockiest, and my absolute favourite – a cut down Wald 139 basket on a front rack that I got from Blue Lug – the shipping was a killer but man I love that thing! Not having to worry about cramming my tent and sleeping back into a tiny stuff sack is a dream and it allows me to pack the most important thing on a trip  – extra space!

The one change I made specifically for this event was to change my tyres. I usually run bigger 2.6 but went done to a more easily rolling and efficient 2.3 tyre. It doesn’t seem like a lot but it has actually made a significant difference to my rolling speed.

We wish Mark a safe, fun, and trouble-free event. Good luck, Mark!

To see the live tracking of the riders progress, click here

To read more about the event, head to the Hunt1000 website