In Africa, bicycles play an essential role in supporting entrepreneurism and income generation.
Basic transport improves employment prospects, reduces the time and money spent travelling to work, enhances productivity for families and small-scale enterprise and gives people better access to markets for trading.
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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.
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.
There will be a choice of over 60 new and refurbished bikes including Specialized, Pashley, Boardman, Raleigh and Carerra as well as a good selection of children’s bikes. We will be operating on a first come first served basis and will not be taking reservations, so please come down early if you want to grab yourself a bargain.
Since 2010, Sven and Frank have been tackling their Glasgow to Istanbul X-Europe Tour in 5-day legs each summer. They are currently cycling the next leg from Innsbruck to Triest in Italy! The pair will finish the tour on the bridge across the Bosporus, the gateway to Asia in the summer of 2019.
They’re doing this all in support of Re~Cycle, for which we can’t thank them enough. If you’d like to help them reach their £5,000 goal and Re~Cycle in the process, please visit: www.justgiving.com/x-Europe/