Broken Spoke and Niagara Region Receive Award for Bicycle Refurbishment Program

Posted by Niagara Region on Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

21 Students and program staff from Port Colborne High School were presented with certificates of recognition for their contributions to the Broken Spoke Program in partnership with Niagara Region, which received a Silver Excellence Award 2018 from Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA).

The award, presented by SWANA and Niagara Region at Port Colborne High School recognized the student's hard work, and commitment to divert bicycles from lower-tier recycling options in favour of reuse with support from Niagara Region. With the program, bicycles brought to any one of the Region’s Residential Drop-off Depots are collected, free of charge, and donated to the Broken Spoke program. Students of the program have repaired and donated over 6,000 bikes to local and international charities, organizations and individuals in need.

This unique partnership promotes active lifestyles through access to bicycle transportation, provides students with a skills base to earn school credit for their work, and provides an outlet for those who would like to dispose of their bikes, regardless of the condition.

Niagara Region has been able to provide the program with over 5,000 bicycles since the partnership began in 2016. Residents of Niagara are always encouraged to recycle goods that can be repurposed within their community.

Quotes

"The Niagara Region is enthusiastic about its continued partnership with the Broken Spoke Bicycle Refurbishment Program. Any program that can help divert waste from our local landfills, provide refurbish bicycles for those in need and engage high school students in their community is a program the Region strongly supports."
~ Jim Bradley, Regional Chair

"Providing the opportunity for local students to participate in a program that helps repurpose bicycles is a creative way to encourage recycling in our communities. The joint award presented to the Region, and the Broken Spoke program reaffirms the importance of local waste diversion and repurposing."
~ Catherine Habermebl, Acting Commissioner of Public Works

 

 
 
 

News Archive

 
Niagara confirms first case of COVID-19 with …
Niagara Region Public Health and Emergency Services is investigating a conf…
Niagara Region Public HealthFri Mar 27th, 2020
City Playground & Playing Field Closures
In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community all City Play…
Corporate CommunicationsFri Mar 27th, 2020
Important Notice from Welland Public Transit
Welland Transit will continue to provide their regular Monday-Friday, Satur…
Welland Public TransitFri Mar 27th, 2020
COVID-19 | NPCA Parks Update
Entrance to conservation parks will be closed as of March 26th 2020.
NPCAThu Mar 26th, 2020
Niagara Health Navigator COVID-19 Update
Niagara Health Navigator app has updated its newest release to include two …
Niagara HealthThu Mar 26th, 2020
COVID-19 | City Playgrounds
Public use of City Playground equipment strongly discouraged to help preven…
Corporate CommunicationsWed Mar 25th, 2020
City operations continue during COVID-19
Staff are continuing work across the municipality to maintain facilities, i…
Corporate Communications Tue Mar 24th, 2020
Council approves exemptions for penalty and i…
Due to COVID-19 ratepayers to receive an exemption to penalty and interest …
Corporate CommunicationsTue Mar 24th, 2020
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Next »