Taking over the former floor space of Jackson’s department store while plans for the renovations are completed, Reading Bicycle Kitchen launched on Saturday 14 June with live music, balloons and bike fixing. There was also live music and a plentiful supply of food and coffee.
Hundreds of people entered the store, bringing bikes to be fixed and to see what was happening. They were greeted by volunteers wearing green aprons who handed out balloons to happy children and invited people inside to get a taste for the cooking of the kitchen.
Reading Bicycle Kitchen provides space for people to drop in and maintain or fix their bikes. People are encouraged to have a go themselves with guidance from volunteers with specialist skills, with pricing from £4 an hour to a maximum of £10 for four hours.
On Sunday 15 June Reading Bicycle Kitchen was joined at the Jackson’s building by Reading Repair Cafe, a monthly event where people can bring broken items and get help fixing them. As well as bikes, Reading Repair Cafe regularly has experts on hand to help fix computers, electronics, garments and other household goods.
Reading Bicycle Kitchen will be open every Thursday evenings 6-9pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm. Details at www.readingbicyclekitchen.org