At Rückenwind (German for tailwind) Berliners and refugees repair bicycles side-by-side.

Bicycles for refugees

It is so easy: Refugees in need of a bicycle reach out to us. One after another we invite them to our workshop. There, we find the right donated bike for them and repair it together. For this purpose, our workshop is opened on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4 pm to 8 pm.

I need a bicycle.

We love to help! Please register on our waiting list and we'll get in touch with you for an appointment in our workshop. Since many refugees are waiting for a bicycle, it may take up to three months til your appointment.

I want to join in.

Have you got time and want to repair bikes with us? Great! We are happy to welcome volunteers who want to fix bicycles with us. Experience in repairing bicycles is a plus, but not required.

I want to donate a bike.

You are welcome to bring your bicycle to our workshop, Lenaustrasse 3, from Monday to Friday between 4 pm and 8 pm. Every once in a while, we also come and pick up donated bicycles.

Our goals

Mobility

Mobility is key to getting to know one’s new neighborhood, to visiting new friends and to settle in. With their own bicycles, refugees can move around Berlin independently, in an environmentally friendly way and for free.

Integration

Simply handing refugees bikes is not enough for us. Instead, we want to bring together Berliners and refugees. By fixing bikes side-by-side and welcoming everyone to our events, we help to overcome prejudice and create a bicycle community.

Sustainability

Our bicycles are recycled, because we reassemble them with used spare parts and frames. In doing so, we create sustainable mobility and excite others for the most sustainable means of transportation.

This is where to find us

What we have accomplished so far

900

Bicycles

40

Volunteers

10

Repair events

DIY-workshop

Learn how to repair your own bicycle. At Rückenwind, refugees and Berliners fix their bikes side-by-side.

Opening hours

Every Friday, from 4 pm to 8 pm in our workshop Lenaustraße 3, 10245 Berlin

How it works

Under the motto “Help people to help themselves” we show you how to repair your own bicycle. When it comes to a little trickier repair jobs, you will be helped by a trained refugee and by one of our more experienced mechanics. We provide you with the needed spare parts for a small fee. The majority of our spare parts have been recycled from used bikes. Should something be missing, a well-stocked bike shop is just a few steps away from our workshop.

Support us

You want to join us? You've got a leftover bicycle, a lock, a light or a helmet? Or you might want to support us financially? We appreciate your time as much as your donation of money. Find out here, how you can help us best.

Donate a bicycle

You are welcome to bring your bicycle donation from Mondays to Fridays from 4 pm to 8 pm to our workshop, Lenaustrasse 3. From time to time, we pick up bicycle donations. Register here for the next pick-up.

Donate money

To repair bicycles, we need tools and accessories. Unfortunately, these things are expensive, which is why we are very happy about donations. If you want to support us financially, just click here.

Become a sponsoring member

Regular donations help us to maintain our workshop operation as planned. Accordingly, we are grateful to our sponsoring members A sponsoring membership starts at 50 euros per year. Of course, we also appreciate more.

Fix bikes with us

Got time and want to repair bikes with us? Great! Come on a Monday to our workshop during opening hours (4pm-8m) and we’ll find something for you to do. You can find more information in our Facebook group which you’re more than welcome to join.

Become a team member

Organize events, do paperwork, collect donation bycicles or realize your own idea ..? There is always a lot to do and we appreciate everyone who helps us. Write us, we are looking forward to seeing you!

Start a bikehub

Our basement is bursting at the seams and the way to us to Neukölln is too far for many bicycle donors. Support us by providing us with your basement as a collecting point.

About Rückenwind

Rückenwind – We are volunteers and refugees who repair bicycles together in Berlin-Neukölln. Our goal is to mobilize refugees with bicycles, to offer them employment and to bring them together with Berliners.

In our workshop in Neukölln, refugees and Berliners fix bicycles together and get to know each other. Mechanical knowledge or knowledge of German is not required everyone is welcome. We are happy about active or financial support as well as donations of any kind.

Our story in photos

What else?

Our goal is to build a community around the bicycle. For our previous milestones we have already received awards from public and private institutions. In order to reach our goal, we carry on with organizing and supporting integrative events.

Biking trips

Whether on an easygoing trip to Wannsee or speeding the Velothon: Riding a bike is fun and brings Berliners and refugees together.

Events

At our repair events, festivities and the summer party, refugees and Berliners come together.

Awards

For our integrative activities we were awarded by the Federal Chancellor Merkel and the Berlin Senate.

What they write about us…

Here's a selection of reports and videos from and about Rückenwind. We also compiled a press kit and high-resolution picture material for journalists. .

Friends and partners

Over time, we have worked with many great people whom we want to thank.

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