The Journey of the Mighty Bike (8 mins)

'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.

Modine said:

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!