With your help, we've sent over 4,500 bikes to Africa this year.
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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.
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Roughly 1-2% of the bikes donated to Re~Cycle are either unsuitable for Africa (such as thin framed racing bikes) or are bikes with disc brakes which are parts that are not readily available in Africa and thus less likely to be usable. Instead of recycling these bikes we sell them at the local University of Essex and our warehouse in Colchester, generating a sustainable income to help cover our running costs. These bikes are sold at affordable prices starting at £75 and many of these bikes are sold to students or people just starting out as cyclists and therefore looking for a good bargain.
Up to the end of April this year we have sent 10 containers of bicycles to our partners in Africa, loaded with a total of 4,509 bikes. That’s more bikes than we sent in the whole of 2012!
Recent shipments to The Village Bicycle Project in Ghana and The Kaloko Trust in Zambia have set new records for the number of bikes loaded - over 500 in each compared to an average of 428 bikes per container last year.
The total number of bikes sent now stands at 65,317 and although it wasn't long ago that our 60,000th bike arrived in Kenya, we are now looking forward to the next milestone of 70,000 bikes!