I discovered this fascinating movement through a brilliant speaker and SEO maven, Avinash Kaushik. He posted a simple status update saying “What happens when a poor town in an impoverished nation is saturated with tens of thousands of bicycles?” With a link to The Bicycle City.
What a powerful idea!
I Followed this back to the Pedals for Progress website, where I read this in their about section:
Every year, affluent Americans buy 22 million new bicycles and discard millions of old ones, abandoning many more unused in basements, sheds, and garages. Most of these end up in our already overburdened landfills. Meanwhile, poor people overseas need cheap, non-polluting transportation to get to jobs, markets, customers, and schools. Pedals for Progress has received, processed and donated over 115,000 bicycles, 1,000 used sewing machines and $10.8 million in new spare parts to partner charities in 32 developing world countries.
At the very least, give them a view and a share.
Teach a man to bike…