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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Fri, 01/06/2018 - 21:57

Fri, 01/06/2018 - 21:57

To celebrate this year’s World Bicycle Day, we decided to track the journey one of your donated bikes from our warehouse in Colchester, all the way to Gambia - one of Africa’s poorest nations. 

Peter Langman from Cirencester donated his much loved Raleigh bike to Re-Cycle through his local Halfords drop off point in Cheltenham during their winter bike trade-in event (October 2017).

The silver bike arrived at Re-Cycle’s warehouse along with over 2,000 other donated bikes in November 2017.

All bikes donated to Re-Cycle are quality assessed when they arrive and the bikes suitable for Africa are prepped (compacted) by our volunteers before being carefully loaded into large 40 foot containers. With our special prepping and packing techniques, we can fit around 500 bikes into a single container. Peter’s bike was wrapped in tinsel so that it could be easily found.