OUR OTHER WORK
Rothar Velo is a well established bicycle shop with a social heart. It was established in 2008 as an earn a bike recycling project working with youth groups in Ballyfermot, Ballymun and The Liberties. The first shop opened in 2009 in Phibsborough, followed by Fade street (Dublin 2) in 2010, and Dun Laoghaire (2012). It developed strong links with local authorities (DLR County Council and DCC) and collected bicycles from the Ringsend Recycling Centre as well as the Ballyogan Recycling Centre.
Through its volunteer program, Rothar trained more than 100 people in bicycle mechanics but also in customer service and in barista skills thanks to its cafe in Dublin City Centre. In 2014, Rothar started working very closely with Bridge Project and the Changeworks programme, which is designed to meet the needs of adult males with a history or pattern of violent offending. Thanks to this collaboration, Rothar started the first accredited programme in bicycle mechanics in the country in 2015.
Thanks to this accreditation and the experience in working with at risk learners, Rothar was able to establish a network of satellites in the country, furthering its education purposes. Rothar’s links with the industry are well established, as well as its reputation as a reliable, high quality and inclusive bicycle shop. It is also well known for its advocacy work in sustainable urban transport.
Thanks to its social work with at-risk young people and ex-offenders, Rothar and its founder Anne were awarded the following: Social Entrepreneurs Ireland award in 2009, David Manley Award for Social Enterprise in 2011, the Arthur Guinness social enterprise award in 2012 and the Lord Mayor Award in 2013. It works closely with the Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun, the Sustainable Energy CommunitIES in Phibsborough, Stoneybatter and Cabra, and is active in projects to mitigate climate change.