Why Bicycles?

Bicycles provide swift transport, access to education, health and income - especially for young women and children.

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Transport

The average African woman walks roughly 4 hours a day*. This time spent walking prevents them from working and taking care of their families. Whilst walking, they're often subject to risk of harassment or even assault. With a bicycle, women are safer, and have more time to pursue opportunities and improve their families’ lives.

Women head-loading fireword in Africa
Young women walking home after collecting firewood near Patriensa, Konongo, central Ghana.
Health

In most African rural communities, young women are responsible for collecting water and firewood. Head loading is very common. This puts strain on the neck, compressing the spine, often causing long term damage. As well as a means of transport, a bicycle can be modified to carry heavy goods and instead of head loading, preventing long term ailments and promoting good health. They are also invaluable for traveling health workers coping with the AIDS epidemic.

Education

It's not uncommon for children to face a 20 mile (32 km) round-trip to school, with many of the students who made it unable to concentrate, or falling asleep when they got there. With a bicycle this journey time can be significantly reduced, and some will attend school who would not otherwise be able. Students who cycle are also less tired and more able to focus on their studies.

Economies & Communities

Bicycles need bike parts and trained mechanics to fix them, creating opportunities for people to learn new skills, gain employment, and earn more money. A bicycle project can greatly benefit a local economy and the community as a whole, reducing long, arduous journeys, providing access to healthcare and education, and giving people more time to be productive.

Bike projects give people the freedom to pursue an education or earn extra income, and are often the first chance for women to step into skilled roles within the community.

Productive communities are also less affected by conflict, famine or inadequate government services.

Your village gets a Bicycle Project

A Typical scenario

Time 

The walk to the market in the next town that used to take everyone here three hours, now takes 20 minutes.

Jobs

You join the Bicycle Workshop/Project as a trainee mechanic. As a woman, this is your opportunity to earn money and learn new skills.

Opportunities

You use the extra time you saved travelling to (start a vegetable garden and feed your family) build something/crafts etc. You can also take your goods to market.

Education

Your kids spend more time in school instead of walking and are less tired when they arrive. They graduate to become nurses, teachers, or business owners.

Communities

A nearby community learns how bicycles changed your village. They organise a bicycle project too, and the cycle starts again.

Bicycles offer people a route out of poverty and a means to improve their lives, giving them opportunities to travel to work and school. They are surprisingly adaptable, and can be used to carry goods and passengers - giving small scale farmers and traders the opportunity to reach customers further afield, or take more produce to market. Every bike or bike part shipped to Africa transform lives, communities and generations - and at a surprisingly low cost.

- Alexei Sayle

The impact of Bicycles

Every bike we recycle can create immeasurable impact in an African village economy. Bicycles have proven to be an invaluable resource even in regions that have public transport.

£15 or one bike donated can transform the lives of an entire family.

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