Bicycle Empowerment Network - Namibia
Great guys, working with AIDS and HIV outreach volunteers.
The film touches on empowering women, which many of our partners do.
Female mechanics are great role models
An quick (under 3 minutes) whistle stop tour of Re~Cycle's main warehouse, in Colchester. Just messing around, unscripted, to give you a feel for the place.
- quality of bikes we send - no junk
- parts - which are organised
- brave volunteers :)
'Re~Cycle - The Journey of the Mighty Bike' shows how bikes are collected and prepared by Re~Cycle volunteers in the UK, and the impact they have in Africa. The film focuses on one of Re~Cycle's partners in Ghana, Ability Bikes, a bicycle co-op run by disabled staff.
Award-winning actor Matthew Modine (Full Metal Jacket, Memphis Belle, The West Wing, Sex and Lies in Sin City) is a keen cyclist and founder of Bicycle For A Day (BFAD). He is a big fan of Re~Cycle the charity that for 10 years, has collected second-hand bikes, parts and tools in the UK and shipped them to African countries. There local partners teach people how to repair and maintain the bikes, helping them to improve their lives in a sustainable way.
“BFAD supports the efforts of Re~Cycle because it puts bikes within the reach of people that have no access to bicycles. Re~Cycle empowers individuals and offers them the possibility to learn how to rebuild bikes. Everybody wins: from the bike donors to the recipients whose lives are transformed upon receiving the gift.”
"Bicycling is one thing that most of us can do that has an immediate positive impact on the environment. Encouraging people to pedal bikes instead of using a petroleum powered vehicles is one of the goals of Bicycle for a Day/everyday. Bikes make people smile and the world can use a lot more of that!"
The City of London kindly put on a huge event to raise money for Re~Cycle, and its profile, and the profile of cycling in general.
More info here - http://www.re-cycle.org/Events/City-Cycle-Style
A great video about the Xtracycle, bike conversion kit. They're a great company, friends of Merlin (Re~Cycle's founder), who's had this as his main bike for around 10 years, they rock!
Re~Cycle and the ITDP founded Afribike in 1999. It rapidly expanded the program from its base in South Africa to projects under the World Bank's Rural Travel and Transport program to Guinea Conakry, Ghana, Senegal, Swaziland and Lesotho. The program was turned into a South African National Department of Transport program by 2002 in and culminated in a Government 1 million new bicycle program called 'Shova Kalula' (pedal easy).
Some footage about how the bikes are collected, and the impact of the bikes in Africa.
Alexei Sayle saying a few words about Re~Cycle, e.g. helping load a container, when he drew the winner of the 2007 bike raffle.
11 minute interview with VBP founder David Peckham, talking about how he set it up, what happens to the bikes and the impact. Now 20% of bikes go to the rural training sessions.
11 minute video about World Bike - a bicycle conversion project - loads and people being carried (Bigger Boda) new workshop in kisumu, Kenya, welding, great atmospheric cycling in Africa...
A panorama movie from street level that you can scroll and zoom in, to get a 360 degree view of Patriensah in Ghana.