Bike Shed Consultation

Proposed Bike Shed Expansion – Feedback requested

PROJECT DESCRIPTION      

SUMMARY POINTS:

  • The Bike Shed at CERES has become increasingly popular over the last few years. Right now we have to turn away many people seeking our help because we have run out of space in our Shed and external working spaces.
  • The Bike Shed is looking to expand both the covered and outdoor work spaces available for our activities to improve the working space for visitors and our volunteers.
  • We have undertaken lengthy negotiations with CERES to determine the best way the Bike Shed work spaces could be increased. This process looked at a number of alternative locations on the CERES site.
  • It is proposed to construct a new building, to the east of the current Bike Shed and link it to the existing Bike Shed with a secure open work area.
  • The new building will be located to the east of the current Bike Shed. This location is preferred by the Bike Shed and CERES.  It is not feasible to expand the Bike Shed in any other location.
  • Architectural drawings have been prepared showing the design of the proposed new building. We are currently seeking feedback on the extension.
  • Please provide your comments in writing to ceres@ceres.org.au by AUGUST 1, 2016.
  • Your feedback will inform CERES’ formal consideration of this proposal

SITE PLAN: CERES Bike Shed Proposed Site Plan


DETAILS OF THE PROPOSAL

The Bike Shed engaged Dickson Architecture to produce architectural drawings of the proposed Shed, and outdoor work areas.  An Arborist’s report has been prepared by Homewood Consulting, outlining measures to be taken for tree protection and tree removal.  Once CERES has formally approved the proposal, normal town planning and building permit approval will be sought prior to construction.

The proposed new Shed will be positioned where the existing Gong House is located.  The existing Gong House will be removed as part of the proposed works.  At present the Gong House is used by CERES volunteers as a tea-point, and as a location to safely store personal items.  The volunteer support  function will be relocated to a new space within the CERES Site.

The location of the new Shed to replace the Gong House has been a balance between competing constraints.  This space is located near to CERES’ water recycling infrastructure in the east, and to the west is limited by the root protection zones of the very large trees that book-end both sides of the existing Bike Shed.  (These two trees have been classified as highly significant by the consulting Arborist).  These two constraints limit the arc where a new building can be located to the zone where the proposed Shed is shown.  This identified location minimises the impact to infrastructure and environment, while providing the additional space required by Bike Shed activities.

Aesthetically the new Shed will improve the general appeal of Bike Shed area, tidying up the current arrangement of ad hoc construction.  The Gong House building that will be removed is in very poor repair, was built with questionable structural integrity, and has non-conforming wiring, creating a real and present danger for current users and adjacent structures.  The replacement building will be built in accordance with the current National Construction Code, and in keeping with the CERES requirement for sustainable and naturally sensitive buildings.

External cladding will be a mixture of corrugated steel and “batten and board” timber cladding from Australian plantation forests.  Other fixtures and hardware will be from recycled sources wherever possible, including from bicycle parts!  The overall aesthetic will be of a very strongly constructed Shed from Australian timbers and recycled corrugated steel, with fixtures and fittings hand-fashioned from steel and timber available from site.

The proposed structural design will utilise timber from any trees removed in the new construction, demonstrating the principles of selective harvesting of timber, the use of materials available close to site, and the recycling of materials that would normally be considered waste.  The straight tree proposed to be removed will form the main beam of the new structure, in addition to central column support/s.  Smaller saplings will be used for decorative timber items wherever possible.

The commissioned Arborist’s report recommends the removal several trees in the area of new construction due to their poor health.  One tree classified as healthy but of Low significance will be required to be removed in consultation and with the approval of Council’s environmental officers.  This latter tree in particular will be a valuable resource for the upcoming construction.

Additional to selective tree removal, the Bike Shed will pay for the pruning of the two large significant trees that are being retained, and for the removal of diseased or dangerous trees, as identified and agreed with CERES.  Any tree removal will be subject to Council “offset planting” requirements, which requires the planting of a number of new trees and shrubs for any tree removed.  The Bike Shed have agreed with a CERES request to plant semi-mature trees, in lieu of the tube-stock normally requested.

The new Bike Shed working area will significantly improve the outdoor bicycle workshop capacity at CERES.  The new working area will be between 3-4 times the size of the current area available to Bike Shed users, with a new Shed able to accommodate 8 formal bicycle work stands indoors during inclement weather.  Future aspirations in the new Shed include formal bicycle maintenance training courses, something that is not possible within the current facilities at CERES.

New work benches will be constructed; approximately three times the total length of bench currently available to Bike Shed visitors.  A new shading device will be constructed over the new outdoor work space.  The new shading device may include in part a proposed system developed by a team of Architecture students at Melbourne University, and sponsored by the Bike Shed.  (This project was initiated by the Bike Shed, and included a monetary grant to the students in order to complete a prototype, currently on display outside the ATA building).  Using printed UV stabilised plastic parts and bicycle spokes, the shading system is demonstration of innovation, which the Bike Shed hoped to continue to sponsor around the space available to us on the CERES site.

Some new site fencing and permeable paving will also be required for the external facilities upgrade, details of which will be agreed upon based on the Arborist’s requirements, and CERES design guidelines.

CERES Bike Shed Proposed Site Plan

By | 2016-11-10T10:30:22+00:00 July 6th, 2016|Around Site|83 Comments

83 Comments

  1. Christopher Baket July 7, 2016 at 5:52 am

    Thanks for the quality brief. It is inside apparent that the bike shed facility needs upgrading. Appropriate research has been undertaken, recognising ‘competing needs’. I have no specific comments on the proposals, I am however supportive.

  2. Elizabeth Ellen July 7, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    This is an excellent improvement and I look forward to bringing my bike back after two years of successful riding.

  3. Nick Bamford - Architect and former Ceres council member July 10, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    Great initiative. Cycling will continue to grow so maybe consider sales as well as maintenance and training?. Also enough ceiling height (given that the footprint is restricted) and strength to enable good hanging storage of frames and wheels.
    Good roof overhang on NW side will further enhance ;outdoor workshop capability.

  4. Dennis Wollersheim July 11, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    For the many bike shed visitors who are new to CERES, this project is a good demonstration of the overall CERES aesthetic. It is beautiful, functional and unique. As well, the increased size and improved facilities will allow more bike shed participation. Such participation is coincident with core CERES values, because it gives people empowering, hands-on environmental activities: repair, recycling, and riding.

  5. Meg Montague July 11, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    I agree with the previous commentators, it sounds as if you’ve put a great deal of thought and care into this redevelopment plan, and I believe it will enhance the space and the bike shed capacity in a very positive way. I particularly like the reuse of timber in the construction.

  6. Amirra Ali July 12, 2016 at 12:33 am

    Those guys at the bike shed really need a big space ,the plan sound perfect , been there many times , the place is very very small.
    As well the new building ll put a new look at Ceres.
    Thanks guys for putting this one up.

  7. Jill Sanguinetti July 12, 2016 at 2:30 am

    Agreed – looks great and will be an asset on several fronts

  8. Duncan Colyer July 13, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    A well thought out and fabulously ambitious plan that appears to both maintain the current aesthetic of CERES whilst being able to deal with the increasing demand that the Bike Shed is experiencing. This will further promote (re)cycling and CERES. Great work and here’s to the future!

  9. Galal B. July 14, 2016 at 12:17 am

    I think this project is a good idea. I support the bike shed. They do good work, helping people fix their bikes. The current bike shed is not good for the number of people who come there. This plan would let the bike shed help more people.

  10. Amy July 14, 2016 at 2:06 am

    This looks great. My experience with the bike shed was brilliant, but more space would definitely benefit more people!

  11. Teresita Denegri July 14, 2016 at 2:13 am

    Definitely more space is needed. My first approach to CERES was through the BikeShed when I got my first bike in Melbourne, and now I’m an active participant of a lot of CERES activities. The volunteers are very commited and helpful, but the need more space to work… This is a very detailed plan, and looks like they are trying to put efficiency, aesthetic and more resources for the community, all together. I would definitely support this project. Nice gesture to reutilice one of the removed trees on the new construction, maybe I would plant some trees around in order to “replace” the removed ones? Looking forward to be an user of the new BikeShed

  12. Jose July 14, 2016 at 2:18 am

    It looks great and for sure the bike shed will continue expanding. My only comment is to take a couple of minutes to consider the option of no money restriction to visualize the perfect layout. Then make that layout your long term strategy, and this particular expansion just the first step. This approach is better, because in the future you don’t regret when you need to expand a second time; and makes the investments more coherent between them. Thanks for asking our feedback.

  13. John July 14, 2016 at 2:26 am

    Love the bike shed, incredibly useful utility. Thanks for all your help over the years! Clearly more space is needed. Do it!

  14. matt July 14, 2016 at 2:27 am

    The bike shed at Ceres is too small, and the people there do such great work. I’d love to see an upgrade to a larger area so they can help more people and benefit more bike riders and potential future bike riders 🙂

  15. John July 14, 2016 at 2:27 am

    Love the bike shed, thanks for all your help. Clearly new space is needed, go for it!

  16. Dorian July 14, 2016 at 2:29 am

    Thank you for taking on such extensive consultation on this. The plans look excellent and the bike shed is just a really great part of Ceres and Brunswick East. All power to you.

  17. Jai Felinski July 14, 2016 at 2:31 am

    YES!

    The bike shed is the best place ever and it is always overcrowded. The volunteers are amazing kind hearted people who go out of their way to make sure you know how things work and help you whenever you have a problem.

    There are definitely not enough bays to service everyone that comes in.

    The plan sounds perfect and is much needed!!

    Jai

  18. Caroline July 14, 2016 at 2:46 am

    Sounds excellent. The bike shed is a fantastic place and every time I’ve been there it’s been incredibly busy and cramped, and it’s open to all kinds of weather. The new proposal sounds like it would be quite an improvement. Just wondering where the bike shed will keep operating in the meantime?

  19. Cameron Robbins July 14, 2016 at 2:47 am

    The Bike Shed is a fantastic community resource. Bike shops will not even pump your tires these days , but at Bike Shed you can learn the details of bicycle maintenance from the devoted team. I fully support the concept of the proposal, and would suggest that regarding design details, the Bike Shed team knows best what is essential, practical, and most economical for the new development. Good luck, and may this happen in the most timely and efficient manner possible with full support from Ceres, Counci, and the Community.l

  20. Jennifer Gunnell July 14, 2016 at 2:49 am

    The bike shed is run by an amazing group of people and this additional space is necessary and well deserved. I have had nothing but wonderful experiences here.

  21. Cameron Robbins July 14, 2016 at 2:52 am

    This is a great proposal. the Bike Shed is a fantastic resource. It is one of very few places where you can get help in learning all aspects bicycle maintenance, and actually undertake real work and repairs on site. I fully support this proposal and trust entirely in the Bike Shed Team to design all the details necessary in the new development. I sincerely hope that this proposal has the full support of Ceres, Council, and the Community.

  22. paula forrester July 14, 2016 at 3:13 am

    i am totally for the expansion of the bike shed
    as a single mother with 2 kids,it is so wonderful to be able to fix our bikes in a welcoming environment and not out of reach like the bike stores
    these guys work so hard and are very helpful
    i hope they will get more space as its really needed !!!!

  23. Leigh Fitzpatrick July 14, 2016 at 3:28 am

    This is an exciting proposal. Being a volunteer at bike shed I am well aware of its current shortcomings. I am looking forward immensely to its implementation.

  24. Maxeem July 14, 2016 at 3:31 am

    As an international visitor to CERES who built a push-bike at the great Bike Shed and then used it (against doubter’s doubts!) to go on a 1000+ km ride along the coasts and Tasmania, all thanks to the parts and expertise I learned there from the amazing volunteers, I must say the Bike Shed changed my life in an unforgettable and positive way, and it is very deserving of an expansion to help more people get pedaling. Even better, the plan looks well researched and everything accounted for. Go for it, guys! And thank you!

  25. shelle July 14, 2016 at 3:44 am

    such a great initiative and this is a much needed upgrade to accommodate the many people who line up to learn how to fix their own bike

  26. Sam Chiodo July 14, 2016 at 4:06 am

    Excellent idea, the bike shed offers a great service to the community. The larger premises and extra undercover storage will improve efficiency and flow as well as improve working conditions.
    Well done.
    Sam

  27. Gerry van Niel July 14, 2016 at 4:29 am

    Concur with all above – great resource for new & regular Bike Sheders, definitely needs a face-lift cosmetically & to improve the conditions for the workers/volunteers.

  28. Ben July 14, 2016 at 5:16 am

    I frickin love the bike shed.
    However it can be frustrating when you want to get something done and there isn’t enough space/volunteers to get it done quickly.

    An expansion (and a bit of a cleanup) would be amazing and I could see more people coming to make use of the facility.

  29. Tom Allen July 14, 2016 at 5:19 am

    Looks fantastic, and the more people the bike shed can serve in the wider community, the better!

  30. Ralph July 14, 2016 at 5:27 am

    Have been turned away before due to lack of space, but have also been assisted with amazing expertise as well. I have learnt so much from CERES, thus think that it would be a wonderful idea to have more space so that more people can benefit from this resource!

  31. Angela July 14, 2016 at 6:14 am

    How exciting!
    The Ceres Bike Shed is truly a great communal asset! which could definitely do with a bit of a renovation.
    The current work space is not enough, when you consider the popularity of this valuable, community generating hub.

    The proposed plans look great and I fully support going ahead.
    I’m currently living out of the country but returning soon.
    To be honest a visit to the Bike Shed was top of my to-do-list to get me back on my wheels!
    Thanks so much for sharing and all the best! Can’t wait to see the finished results 🙂

  32. Angela July 14, 2016 at 6:15 am

    How exciting!!

    The Ceres Bike Shed is truly a great communal asset! which could definitely do with a bit of a renovation.
    The current work space is not enough, when you consider the popularity of this valuable, community generating hub.

    The proposed plans look great and I fully support going ahead.
    I’m currently living out of the country but returning soon.
    To be honest a visit to the Bike Shed was top of my to-do-list to get me back on my wheels!
    Thanks so much for sharing and all the best! Can’t wait to see the finished results 🙂

  33. Angie July 14, 2016 at 6:19 am

    Thank you for asking for our feedback! It’s a great initiative and the new plan looks great! I was wondering whether the Wurundjeri people have been consulted in the planning of the new shed and in the decision of removing/replanting trees?

  34. Ari July 14, 2016 at 6:19 am

    Looks like a much needed upgrade for the wonderful bikeshed community!

  35. Tom July 14, 2016 at 6:27 am

    This looks like a brilliant plan. The various times that I have taken my bike there it has been so busy that it has taken ages to find a space to work on it. And the sheltered work space is a great idea too! Hope to see this plan put in place soon!

  36. Charles Castle July 14, 2016 at 6:39 am

    I think the plans are ideal for this site. They fit in well with the Ceres philosophy and site. I am very grateful for the help
    I received from the Bike Shed. I hope it continues for a long time to come.

  37. Lachlan July 14, 2016 at 6:46 am

    This is a great idea that’s probably long overdue. The facilities at Ceres are stretched thin and improving them would go a long way toward helping the many people that visit from local communities.

  38. Adrian Mapley July 14, 2016 at 6:52 am

    Great initiative. Perhaps you could look at a facility for TIG welding of alloy bike frames. I have a disabled son who rides with me but it cost a fortune to modify commercial frames to help him. (last time it cost $650 for two welds!). i’m not looking for anything complicated……….just the ability to do minor mods!

  39. Kathy July 14, 2016 at 6:54 am

    The bike shed is a gem. The more bikes become a part of our culture the better. This place has a generous heart combined with technical brains that shares knowledge with people (like me) that developed a late love for riding and want to know how stuff works. It is such a good service for the community, all squeezed into a small space- more room for the bike shed, this is a great plan.

  40. Alistair Hart July 14, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Great idea, certainly a great service and clearly a need for both better utilisation of space, but much more as well. Have had trouble getting access to a work area and with the storage needs for the (excellent) services offered, quite a lot of work-arounds in order to work safely and effectively. Bring it on…

  41. Brent July 14, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Fantastic. Really appreciate this service and the proposal for expansion looks fine.

  42. Kane Lo July 14, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Fantastic initiative that seems to have taken all considerations of environmental effects whilst emphasising the CERES ethos.

    Looking forward to seeing it going ahead so that I can recommend the workshop to even more of my friends

  43. Blake Loughland July 14, 2016 at 9:09 am

    YES. the bike shed is pretty much the greatest. any improvements to the site would make it uber great, meaning more than great.
    the volunteers put in a stellar effort to help everyone, but often the limited space and available workspaces hinder their efforts. the prospect of a formal bicycle maintenance training course is very appealing to me, i’d love to be involved in classes. i’m excited to get started on building up my bike in the new space!

  44. Jaq July 14, 2016 at 10:29 am

    I am excited about this plan.
    The Bike Shed really could do with an upgrade to deal with the overcrowding demand. More space for people to work on their bike is very much needed.
    Also this site plan blends well with CERES surrounding.
    Let’s get it ready for the new season !

  45. Benedick Furniss July 14, 2016 at 10:45 am

    I have a family membership and my 6 and 9 y.o children have benefited from learning about how bikes work and helping to fix up bikes which we found in council clean ups around the local area. The redevelopment is much needed and I am supportive of the concept and expansion of this fantastic community hub.

  46. SK July 14, 2016 at 10:57 am

    the expansion truly will be beneficial for the ever increasing bike enthusiasts and is very essential.

  47. John Sneddon July 14, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Amazing! Definitely a great plan and a much needed addition to the current facilities… The bike shed is amazing… We love it… The only complaint I could have would indeed be about the lack of space! More space = more bikes getting fixed = encouraging riding of bikes = CERES is more effective at promoting a sustainable and healthy world! #win!

  48. Nathan Eizenberg July 14, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Sounds great!

  49. Douglas Wu July 14, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Excellent idea! It is always a pity not to have workshops on rainy days. The inclusion of a shaded area where people can work on their bikes is thoughtful. It will also prove valuable during hot summer days. It is about time to increase the capacity of the shed too. So many times I had to fix my bike on the ground without a bike stand. I welcome the idea of building a new bike shed.

  50. Nick jones July 14, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Sounds great you should expand

  51. Thais July 14, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    I think it is quite fair that this project goes forward. They deserve a chance to help more people with their incredible and excellent work. Once, I needed help to fix my bike in Melbourne and they could because of this space, which is now too busy to attend everyone. I say: let’s them expand.

  52. Kathryn July 14, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    This looks to be a great and much need improvement upon the existing space and facilities of the current bike shed. Last time I was there, overcrowding in the small space made it difficult for myself and others to service our bikes (though the volunteers and staff did their absolute best to work within this space). I’m really looking forward to seeing this come to fruition.

  53. Hamish Maggs July 14, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    A well needed upgrade for a fantastic community service

  54. Coralee July 15, 2016 at 1:27 am

    I would love to see a bigger bike shed that could accomodate more bikes and more people!

  55. Josh Parris July 15, 2016 at 4:26 am

    More stands and inclement weather facilities are both obviously needed for this vital community resource. The overview doesn’t make obvious any plans for the bike-dump, which is currently constrained by space and weather.

  56. Dominic Gilligan July 15, 2016 at 4:48 am

    I have quickly looked at this proposal and it makes sense. I was a member of the Bike Shed for a few years , up to 2013, and i know this expansion is needed, and it would entice me to return.

  57. Ben Behar July 15, 2016 at 5:17 am

    More space!
    We need this!

  58. Dom July 15, 2016 at 6:23 am

    Looks like a great build on a fantastic resource. These improvements would definitely increase my use of the space. Thanks!

  59. Jaq July 15, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    ‘I am excited about this plan !
    The Bike Shed really could do with an upgrade to deal with the overcrowding demand. More space for people to work on their bike is very much needed.
    Also the site plan blends well with CERES surrounding.
    Let’s get it ready for the new season.
    Jaq

  60. Chris Laver July 15, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    This sounds like a great plan! Looks very well thought out. The lack of space the Bike Shed currently has can be troublesome – would be great to be able to utilise The Bike Shed without having to wait around for a stand to become free!

    The idea of bike maintenance courses also sound great – would love to take part in one, if the new layout gets approved.

    Also love that any removed trees will be offset with planting of new trees.

    Essentially it sounds like an absolutely brilliant, well thought-out, sustainable plan, I really hope this plan goes ahead!

  61. Paz July 16, 2016 at 1:18 am

    Lots of love for the Bike Shed, I see… and totally deserved. The plan looks great, totally fits the spirit of CERES and the Shed. Love the fact that there will be a space for working indoors and for workshops, and also a clearly delimited area for metal recycling. The Shed should get all this support and more, it´s clear that it is a unique place and it´s important to promote its development. 🙂

  62. Luke Poland July 16, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    How Exciting!
    A desperately needed upgrade. I love the bike shed, but I don’t go too much anymore because it is always too busy and hard to get a stand or tools. This will be a great upgrade and great for the local community!

  63. Bruce Grillmeier July 16, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    This is great to see a plan for more work space.. When I have gone to the Bike Shed it has been early and have noticed a lot of people turn up later and there are no work spaces available. Have enjoyed fixing a BMX with my son and the help from the staff was awesome. The Bike Shed is a fantastic place I fully support it getting bigger and better.

  64. Kieran July 17, 2016 at 11:02 am

    The plan looks great! The bike shed is really helpful, if these guys have a larger place, it will be fantastic!

  65. Chris Minos July 18, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    The new plans look thoroughly considered and exciting. I imagine this will enable many more people to get re cycling.

  66. Simon July 18, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    This looks fantastic! Really well thought out and just what is needed. Great idea and very exciting. You’ve put a great deal of thought and care into this redevelopment plan so I’m fully supportive as a member and great supporter of the Bike Shed. Looking forward to it already!

  67. Kyler July 19, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Yes!!! I am so psyched for the new place! It’s about time we have an improved environment for everyone, please make it happen Ceres!

  68. sam July 21, 2016 at 2:01 am

    Have been using (and subsequently recommending) the Bike Shed since I moved into the area some 15 years ago.

    On the week-ends especially, the demands on the Bike Shed’s current facilities are often stretched.

    Having looked at the proposals, it’s obvious much thought and consideration has gone into this.

    Congratulations to those who have pulled all of this together. Good luck with the proposal. And a big thank-you to those that have helped and guided me in basic bicycle maintenance over the years.

  69. Warren Howden July 21, 2016 at 5:25 am

    Looks like a very thorough proposal; it’s great to see one of CERES’ many unique functions so popular and utilised by the community. Increased capacity for the bikeshed would make it a more welcoming place, especially to newcomers.

  70. Michell July 23, 2016 at 2:41 am

    Every time I’ve been to the Bike Shed space has been in demand. It has actually put me off going there during times I know it will be busy because a lot of time can be wasted waiting for what you need. The staff do the best with what they have but this proposal should make it a lot easier. It looks like a huge improvement that is long overdue.

  71. Dean Mumford July 23, 2016 at 3:11 am

    Wow this is such a great idea, I have been using the bike shed for over four years now and it has been a great help in keeping my bike on the road everyone is so helpfull whenever is have a problem. A lager space is much needed as the bike shed has out grown it self especially on the weekend its often had to find a bike rack and the its often had to find parts as evrything is stacked. Best of luck with this, its a great plan!

  72. Rohan July 23, 2016 at 4:22 am

    The bike shed 100% needs more space. If this has been given good planning consideration within CERES, which appears so, then anything possible to expand the amount of people that can enjoy membership and working in such a great community such as that of the Bike Shed should go ahead…and go ahead as quickly as possible. Such a great part of CERES and awesome initiative overall.

  73. Quincy July 23, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    Ceres Bike Shed is such a unique concept. I would love to see further funding for the concept. It’s a great way to foster community within the area and educate those who may not be able to fix their bikes on their own. It has given me a great sense of initiative with regards to my own bike maintenance. More love for Ceres, because it is so loved!

  74. Maria Kober July 23, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    This place is really cool. Expanding would be great seeing as there are a lot of costumers on a small area. it is such a good initiative.

  75. Martha July 23, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    It is a very good Idea to expand the bike shed. They have a lot of customers and it would be nice to have a bigger space. The bike shed is a really great and much needed place for people living around melbourne.

  76. Daniel July 23, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    Expanding the bike shed is, in my opinion, a very good idea. With more space, they can offer better opportunities for local people to repair their bikes or increase their offer of refurbished ones. I hope the bike shed can realize this project.

  77. Dean July 23, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Wow this is such a great idea, I have been using the bike shed for over four years now and it has been a great help in keeping my bike on the road everyone is so helpful whenever is have a problem. A lager space is much needed as the bike shed has out grown it self especially on the weekend its often had to find a bike rack and the its often had to find parts as everything is stacked. Best of luck with this, its a great plan

  78. Mathilde July 24, 2016 at 7:05 am

    The bike shed is an incredible place to learn new skills, become independent at fixing one’s bike so seeing it grow is a pleasure! I’ve been using the bike shed for over 2 years now and it’s always great to be there but it can get a bit hectic when there are lots of people there, more space and covered/shaded space would be a delight. Best of luck with the build!

  79. Alanna July 25, 2016 at 12:51 am

    Bike shed is great but needs more space!

  80. Trevor Taylor July 30, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Yes long overdue. this extension would be a great help to Ceres helpers and customers alike. Sometimes the area can be very chaotic, the helpers must show a lot of patience and I feel sorry for them being under so much pressure. The customers have to wait a long time also.The bike shed offers a lot of help to people in need and should be given every opportunity to expand.

  81. Ryan Donahue July 30, 2016 at 11:33 am

    I’ve only been here for one day, but it is obvious that additional space would be a huge asset for the bikeshed. More space would be an excellent addition for maintaining workflow in inclement weather. Dedicated workstations, that is, a station with its own clamp and basic set of tools (wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, etc.) would make it really easy for anyone to jump in and get to work without walking back and forth between their bikes and the tool station/shed. There also isn’t enough space to create an organized workflow…it seems that people just diffuse around until they get/find what they need. More direction for newcomers or stations for specific (common) maintenance issues would be great, but this would require more space. Great concept and great people, but execution can always be improved. Great work!

  82. madeleine eyre July 30, 2016 at 11:34 am

    The bike sheds are bringing people together with common interests and creating a community of sharing, participation and skills development which is important for giving people a feeling of self sufficiency. it is giving people access to the resources and knowledge they need to get back on the road with their bike, making transport more available to them in a more sustainable way. By reusing materials they are reducing waste and is therefore an important movement for people to be part of to reduce our waste. I am very passionate about this kind of lifestyle and concept and believe we need to incorporate this way of thinking and trading into our lives as much as possible. Any way to help this place strive and do better for the community i believe is therefore very important. The extension will then help make this place and its resources more available to more people.

  83. Mich July 30, 2016 at 11:36 am

    This bikeshed is an incredible place of jovial communion, a pragmatic and wonderful example of sustainable recycling and lifestyle. An extension would allow for further advances and development in such an initiative, one that would benefit the whole current community and extend possibly ad infinitude advocating the advance of sustainable lifestyle and bicycle transport.

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