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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Thu, 13/09/2018 - 11:32

Thu, 13/09/2018 - 11:32

Following a fantastic event yesterday - our 100,000th bike is now loaded ready to be shipped to The Gambia. 

It was a day full of celebration, reflecting on the past 20 years and announcing new projects such as the Cycle to School project starting soon in The Gambia, Ghana and Sierra Leone. 

Attended by The Mayor of Colchester Peter Chillingworth, together with Re-cycle volunteers, staff members and partners, the day started with an introduction by our Managing Director, Vince Langdon-Morris, followed by a brief tour of our warehouse before loading the actual 100,000th bike to be sent to Africa. 

Speaking on behalf of Re-Cycle at the event, Vince said "This momentous achievement could only have happened thanks for our kind, generous donors, dedicated volunteers and committed staff. A single bike makes a real difference in Africa so knowing that we've sent 100,000 is quite something."   

Unfortunately, our Patron Chris Boardman was unable to attend but sent these kind words.

Finally, the grateful recipents of this container (Wonder Years of Excellence) sent this.