I am a refugee and I need a bike. What do I have to do?
If you fled your from your country and if you stay in Berlin now and you want a bike register here.
We will then put you on a waiting list and soon you will get an appointment in our workshop. There, you can choose a bike and repair it with us and our mechanics. As soon as we are done, you will receive a lock and a bike pass and then you are good to go.
I want to donate a bike. How and where can I do that?
You can come to our workshop during opening hours to donate your bike.
Please contact us in advance to make sure that we have room in our basement.
What kind of bikes do you accept?
Any kinds, really. Just make sure that they are actually repairable. Call or write us about it if you are not sure.
Also we do not accept bikes that are or could be stolen. We hand out bike passes with our bikes and we really wouldn’t want a former owner recognizing his bike with a refugee.
How can I donate?
Where can I find you?
Can I find you in other parts of Germany?
Unfortunately, we are restricted to the Berlin area. There are lots of similar organizations throughout Germany though. The blog It started with a fight put together a map with those projects. Maybe you will find one near you.
I would like to join you or support you in some way. How can I do that?
When is your next workshop day?
You can find any appointments on our facebook page.
Why the bike?
Mobility and integration have a lot to do with eachother, we believe. In a city as Berlin what better way is there to achieve both than by bike?
We want to make everyday life for refugees easier and we want to give them the possibility to get to know their new home.
A bicycle doesn’t need fuel, it makes you independent, it’s green, you don’t need a license, many refugees know how to ride a bike and once you have one it costs near to nothing.
How much does it cost Rückenwind to repair a bike?
Overall we calculate a cost of 30€ per bike.
Why is "Rückenwind - Bicycles for Refugees" sustainable
I want to start a project like yours in my area. How can I do that?
While we’re still working on that you are more than welcome to contact us if you have any questions of your own.
Who are the people behind Rückenwind?
Most importantly, we are friends who’ve known eachother for quite a while and in January 2015 we decided to start an organization.
Joining us are around 30 helpers and mechanics who support our project on workshop days and during opening hours in our workshop.