The need for bicycles in Africa

Transport and development go hand-in-hand. Virtually everything traded, must be transported, and almost everyone needs wheels to get to work or school. Simple, affordable transport generates income opportunities in developing countries, as well as saving lots of time and back-breaking work.

In Britain, millions of bikes are thrown away or lie unused in sheds, whilst many people in Africa have no access to transport of any kind. People spend hours each day walking to collect water, firewood or to access health care, school and employment. A bicycle lightens this burden and dramatically improves their wellbeing as well as work and education opportunities helping to bring social change. A bicycle cuts travel time to a fraction and can carry passengers and heavy loads. Bikes give families the extra time to earn, learn and enjoy life.

From the Blog

Thu, 05/10/2017 - 11:53

The Halfords bike trade-in event is now on! From now until 15 October 2017 you can take your unused bike to any of Halfords store - nationwide! That's an extra 370 stores to choose from.


So, if there isn't usually a Re~Cycle drop off point near you, now is the easiest time to donate your bike to us!


On top of that, Halfords will give you 10% off any of their bikes.


 


How does the bike trade-in work?

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 16:35

Re~Cycle is a UK charity that sends unwanted bicycles from the UK to Africa. Local partner organisations refurbish, re-sell and help to maintain these bicycles so they have a long-lasting positive impact on the lives of those in the communities they support. We have grown our income from £150k to £500k over the past three years. To improve on this success we have a fundraising strategy (2016-19) which outlines new activities including committed giving, community/sponsored event and major donor work.