Shifting into high gear

The WRENCH will continue to grow thanks to new administrative assistant.

Since its inception in 2010, The WRENCH has distributed more than 12,000 bikes and facilitated more than 43,000 visits, helping people learn the skills necessary to care for a bike and gain independence.

“We’re re-using more material than ever before,” says Pat Krawec, The WRENCH’s Managing Director. “We started working with two or three main schools in the city that were including bike shops in their programming and since then, we’ve helped start over 60 school and community bike shops across Canada.”

The WRENCH – which stands for Winnipeg Repair Education and Cycling Hub – started as a partnership between volunteer-run community bike centres, the City of Winnipeg, and Green Action Centre. In 2010, The Winnipeg Foundation provided a start-up grant of $40,000 to kick off the project. READ MORE