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

Fri, 07/04/2017 - 14:40

Re~Cycle sources, tests and send used bicycles to communities in Africa and works with partners to provide training and support to ensure they are used sustainably. This work helps tens of the thousands of people every year to obtain a means of transport - ultimately improving their education and health access and livelihoods. Re~Cycle has grown significantly in the past few years, has an award-winning partnership with a major high street retailer, a number of trust funding partnerships and a recent successful national newspaper appeal.

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 15:35