Bikes 4 Development

We’re in good company when it comes to delivering bikes to communities in need.  Check out how the 16 or so great projects around the world are providing maximum value out of the bikes and donations generously given by people like you.

Bicycle Empowerment Network – Namibia

The Bicycle Empowerment Network (BEN) are our in-country partner in Namibia. They distribute bikes and make sure each town’s fleet of bikes is maintained and provides maximum value over the long term.  The bikes and donations that are given to Bikes for Humanity allow BEN to employ and train local people to be bike mechanics and to set up a community bike workshop.

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These bike workshops consist of a shipping container with around 350 bicycles, spare parts and tools. Some of the bikes are sold at affordable prices to help run the community bike workshop. Others are donated to community organisations whose volunteers and staff use them to improve productivity.

For instance BEN provide bikes to community based organisations that deliver home-based care to people living with HIV/AIDS and to orphans. Namibia’s HIV/ AIDS infection rate is 19.9 percent, and there are over 100,000 orphans in the country.

More than 12,000 bikes have been given to 36 community organisations and 21 workshops have been set up in this way. They provide mobility, income generating activities and hope to the communities receiving them. The workshops created jobs for 90 people, half of whom are women. BEN have had independent studies done to assess the impacts of their work. The Institure for Transport and Development Policies has also assessed the potential for bikes to impact the health sector. 

To improve access to healthcare BEN also provide bicycle-pulled ambulances. The ambulances are ‘stretchers on wheels’ to transport the sick or pregnant women to a hospital where other transport is not available.

Bicycles For Humanity – Global

Bikes for Humanity Sydney is part of the global Bicycles for Humanity Network and the Bicycling Empowerment Network to distribute bikes in Africa. Visit www.bicycles-for-humanity.org and www.benbikes.org.za for more.

The global network has chapters in Australia (Melbourne, Sydney), Canada (North Vancouver BC, Whistler BC, Kelowna BC, Thunder Bay ON, Ottawa ON, Toronto ON, Cambridge ON, Guelph ON, London ON, Brampton ON, Regina SK, Calgary AB, Edmonton AB, Vernon BC, Mississauga) , England (Manchester, London), USA (Denver CO, Santa Rosa CA, Silicon Valley CA, Colorado, Esatforf CT, Chicargo IL, Clarkston MI, Portland OR, Seatle, Athens, Montana) and Germany, and Japan.

Non Truancy Project – Palm Island Australia

The Catherine Freeman Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2007 with the aim of creating pathways to a brighter future for indigenous children. The Catherine Freeman Foundation works in partnership with community organisations, businesses, schools and other philanthropists in facilitating educational opportunities for young indigenous girls.

The CFF presents mountain bikes to pupils who show the biggest attitudinal change in the following areas: attitude to their peers; behaviour in school; attendance; academic achievement and manners. Over the past two years, the program has resulted in a 20% increase in attendance rates at both local schools and will continue awarding more bikes, as well as Dunlop sneakers as incentives for regular school attendance.

The Bicycle Factory – Canada

Cadbury’s has initiated delivery of 5,000 bikes to children in Ghana, Africa as part of its innovative consumer promotion called The Bicycle Factory. The bikes will reach more than 200 communities in central and southern Ghana and will provide access to education to thousands of kids who would normally be at risk of not going to school. Cadbury worked closely with World Vision Ghana, Care, the Voluntary Services Organization and the Bicycling Empowerment Network Namibia to ensure the effective distribution of the bicycles. With the need for bikes great in all regions, the team identified the children most at risk were those that walked a minimum of 3 km to school each day. The bikes are also specially designed for the African terrain. They are equipped with a single gear and mud guards, have a basket for carrying books, and have a sturdy carrier to also help carry little brothers and sisters to school.

World Bike Relief – Chicago, IL, USA

World Bike Relief provides access to independance and livelihood through the power of bicycles. The organisation was founded by SRAM Corporation and Trek Bicycles in 2005 and supported by many individuals, foundations and corporations, World Bicycle Relief specializes in large-scale, comprehensive bicycle programs by providing supply chain management, technical knowledge and logistics expertise to poverty relief and disaster assistance initiatives.

Biketown – USA

The Rodale Institute and BikeTown Africa are ideal partners in the effort to provide funds for bicycles to increase nutritional and medical support to AIDS sufferers in Africa. The Rodale Institute is a non-profit organization whose mission is expressed as “Healthy Soil, Healthy Food, Healthy People.” The Institute has a longstanding history in Africa, including a bicycle program in Senegal. BikeTown Africa, founded by Rodale Inc., publisher of Bicycling magazine, is designed to provide bicycles to assist AIDS sufferers in Africa.

Bicycling Magazine¹s BikeTown Africa program is in its third year, having delivered more than 700 bikes to groups fighting HIV/AIDS in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. This fall, the project will deliver another 1,000 bikes to healthcare workers in Sub-Saharan Africa. Health care workers will use the bikes to distribute anti-retroviral drugs and provide home care to people infected with HIV. They will also disseminate information about how people can protect themselves from HIV and on the importance of being tested for the virus. Doing this work on foot, workers in remote areas can sometimes see only one or two people in each day with bicycles it is anticipated that that number could rise to as many as five visits per day.

Other Projects and Organisations

  1. One of the Ausssie ones working with Refugees in an Aussie City
  2. Deadly Treadlies
  3. BEN Namibia
  4. Cadbury’s efforts in Ghana http://www.csrwire.com/press/press_release/28108-Cadbury-Delivers-5-000-Bicycles-to-Ghana-Africa- and  http://www.thebicyclefactory.ca
  5. World Bike Relief www.worldbicyclerelief.org
  6. Biketown http://www.konabiketown.com/ or http://www.bicycling.com/biketown/africa.html-

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