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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Tue, 07/08/2018 - 15:52

Tue, 07/08/2018 - 15:52

The Lawton family from Kent sat down together one evening to watch The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan, a BBC documentary about a comedian travelling beyond his comfort zone to different parts of the world to see if their stereotypes are right.  This particular episode was about Ethiopia (in East Africa).


The Lawton’s three children; Harrison (13), Amelia (11) and Gracie (8) were touched by the happiness and resolve of the population despite the poverty they faced. Inspired by what they’d seen, the three pupils from Wellesley House school thought about those less fortunate them and cleared out their shed to see what they could find. 

Like many other homes in the UK, there sat four bikes, all of which were no longer used and gathering dust. After some research on the internet, they found us (Re-Cycle)! They read our story about Peter's bike and decided they wanted to do the same.