By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Fri, 18/03/2011 - 14:30

Thanks to the efforts of our long term supporter Kevin Ablitt (Ipswich's well known Bicycle Doctor), donations of bicycles from the Ipswich area are building up. Kevin has been collecting bicycles, mainly in the evening, and then bringing them down to our warehouse to be included in the next shipment out to Africa. If you have an unwanted bike that you would like to given a new lease of life please ring Kevin 07887 788 972 to arrange a collection.

It would however be extremely helpful to have somewhere to store the bikes until the next delivery to Colchester. If you have an unused garage or large shed or even something a little larger still, Kevin would be delighted to hear from you. It would help to increase the number of bikes we collect and ship and ultimately, increase the number of people in Africa who benefit. Thank you and thanks to all who have donated bikes and supported our work.

By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Fri, 11/02/2011 - 14:55

Re~Cycle is loading our 100th container today!
This landmark shipment, which is going to Mombasa in Kenya, will take the total number of bicycles sent in the last eleven years past 36,000.

On arrival in Africa, the bikes will be checked over by Re-Cycle’s partner before being distributed to local people to save them from having to walk long distances to access healthcare, education or employment.

Many of the bicycles will help Nurses, Midwives and other heath care workers visit more patients in villages than they could do on foot.


We're doing a collection at Abel&Cole, Wimbledon Saturday 12 February

Bring bikes to donate (with a cash donation, please). Volunteers needed, please, to help with marketing and preparing the bikes for shipping. No experience or tools needed. Contact Rita Solanke - 07783 285 343

And it looks like we're losing our storage there, so PLEASE get in touch if you know of storage in London, ideally 6-8,000 sq feet of space (560-740 sq m with 40-foot container access.  Smaller and without also helpful.

By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Tue, 16/11/2010 - 16:25

We did our first loading from at Able & Cole's Wimbledon depot.

Some of the old hands from Colchester came and a load of new London volunteers have started to learn the art of packing bikes into a container.  Thanks to all of you, and the prep crew, and Abel&Cole and their volunteers :)

The bikes are going to a women's project run by the Village Bicycle Project (VBP).

By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Wed, 10/11/2010 - 16:03

We have just finished loading our 9th container of the year and have cause for a triple celebration -

  • Our first time sending bikes to Malawi
  • The bikes are going to a new partner
  • A record number of bikes loaded - 475

Many thanks to all who donated the bicycles to us and a massive well done and thank you to the fantastic team of loaders.

By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Thu, 28/10/2010 - 12:32

The next few weeks will be very busy! We will be loading the next shipment of bikes from Colchester in the next 10 days or so - awaiting confirmation of date. What will be our 98th shipment is being sent to Mchinji, Malawi to support an Anti Child Trafficking project run by The Salvation Army International Development Division. This will be the first time that we have shipped to Malawi and the first time that we have worked with such a big partner organisation so we are particularly looking forward to getting the bikes loaded and sent on their way.

The 99th shipment which is to be loaded in Wimbledon, will follow hot on it's heals. This is being sent to The Village Bicycle Project in Accra, Ghana and will comprise of bicycles collected and stored on our behalf by Abel & Cole - see news story below. This loading will take place on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th November.   

By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Wed, 20/10/2010 - 20:59

  • When: 15 - 31 October (inclusive).
  • Where: Look Mum No Hands - 49 Old Street, London, EC1V 9HX - map here.

Diego Marando, one of our generous volunteers, is having an exhibition at the "Look Mum No Hands" cafe.
Diego is offering to donate to Re-Cycle £5 for every print sold (each print is worth £25).

Please support generously.

By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Wed, 22/09/2010 - 15:57

Re~Cycle had an amazing event at Smithfield Market in London on Friday evening, kindly put on by the City of London.

It was a much bigger event than I'd anticipated.  I figured they'd got a meeting room somewhere in the building - however they blocked off one end of the road that runs through it, was huge!

Only pity is that more people didn't come, missed out on a great party.

More fun to come in Wimbledon this Saturday, at the Wheely Big Bicycle Drop from 11-3.

BIG Thanks to Jenette and the City of London, Abel and Cole for fabulous food and the brave Re~Cycle volunteers, formidable "Iron" Rob Forbes.  Big thanks to Rita, for pulling the whole thing together.

Storage in London is still needed - 6,000 square feet with container access for a main point, and smaller for spoke to feed in bikes.

After party was good fun, if rather loud.  Met a great designer who's come up with innovative (and award winning) cycle parking designs.  There was an interesting looking bike parking thing which I locked up to, with a car shape on it.  Only later when looking at a postcard with the car 'parked' in a line of parked cars did is see the revolutionary beauty of the design, and its not their first invention -

Ended the evening doing some Tai Chi on the middle of the millennium bridge, which really came together.

By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Tue, 14/09/2010 - 21:00

Special Event this weekend

London Collection 25 Sept & 2 Oct 2010

Abel & Cole have very generously offered their Wimbledon depot for a special bike collection event over the next few weeks. Bikes are being collected on Saturday 25th September at Wimbledon and Saturday 2nd October at their depots in Wimbledon, Tamworth, Maidstone, Ongar, Warrington and Andover.

The bikes will be loaded into a container at a date to be fixed but probably Friday 12th and/or Saturday 13th November. The container will be shipped to our longstanding partner The Village Bicycle Project in Ghana.

By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Tue, 14/09/2010 - 09:09

381 bikes are now on their way to Mombasa Olympic Youth, Kenya; a project set up and supported by the UK charity Glad's House. The main focusof their work in Mombasa is supporting street kids, homeless orphans who struggle to have even a basic existence. The bicycle project that they now run has created employment for 6 street kids and 2 adult supervisors and is helping to improve the lives of the many people who now have access to affordable transport. This is the third shipment that we have shipped to Mombasa in 14 months - testament to how successful the project has been. Once again we give our thanks to the many people who kindly donated bicycles and to our team of volunteers who helped load the container and made sure every square inch was filled.


By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Mon, 13/09/2010 - 12:20

Re~Cycle is the partner charity of the City of London's Cycle Style event on Friday 17th September at Smithfield Market, 6-10pm (and afterparty).

This is a social event with fashion, food, music and drink - raising the profile of cycling and money for Re~Cycle.  Will be presentations about Re~Cycle.

By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Wed, 11/08/2010 - 09:54

We have just dispatched the most recent container load of 361 bicycles including 50 ex postman's bikes donated by The Royal Mail - this one is going to the great project in Namibia, The Bicycle Empowerment Network. This project's main beneficiary group is health workers who are given bicycles to help with their work. On a bicycle, Health Visitors, Midwives and HIV Support Workers can visit many more patients each day than could be reached on foot. Re~Cycle have sent more than 2,000 bicycles to BEN, Namibia - thank you to all our bike donors.

As the road conditions in rural Namibia are very poor, only Mountain Bikes with wide, thick tread tyres were sent together with a good supply of spare parts. We also sent a large number of part used tyres, many kindly donated by Evans Cycles.

This shipment was the 7th of this year so we have already equalled the number of sent in 2009. The next shipment will go to The Olympic Youth Project, Mombasa, Kenya which is supported by the small but effective UK charity, Glad's House.

By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 14:13

We have just finished loading a container load of bicycles - this one is now on it's way to The Bicycle Empowerment Network (BEN), South Africa, based just outside of Capetown. This makes in total 6 shipments in the first 6 months of 2010 which is well up on last year when we did 7 shipments in 12 months.

The mission of BEN is poverty alleviation through the promotion of the use of the bicycle in all of its forms,in order to enhance low-cost non-motorised transport, and improve health through linking exercise and mobility. In collaboration with local and international partners, BEN facilitates the transportation of bicycles from Europe, the Americas and Asia to Southern Africa; the establishment of bicycle workshop projects; distribution of these bicycles to strategically selected groups of recipients; and the planning and introduction of bicycle user paths and integrated linking networks.


We know that once the bicycles arrive in 3 or 4 weeks time they will be put to good use. Many thanks to our brave volunteers who loaded the bikes without complaint on one of the hottest days of the year.


We are already now working towards the next shipment for Namibia which will be sent as soon as we have enough bikes to make up the next load - hopefully within the next few weeks.