Bicycles for Humanity Colorado

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Bicycles for Humanity Colorado

Bikes lined up for sale. Ndola, Zambia.

Since 2007, Bicycles for Humanity Colorado has aimed to “form a bridge of community sharing between the front range of Colorado, and healthcare workers serving those in need in Africa.” It all began with a simple premise: that bikes can help ease the problem of mobility, one of the greatest barriers to development across the continent.

As such, Bicycles for Humanity Colorado gathers donated bikes from across the state, partnering with local, on-the-ground organisations to open affordable bike shops in rural areas of Africa. Neatly enough, the shipping containers used to transport these bikes are recycled too; once modified with doors and windows, they make perfect homes for the shops themselves. What’s more, setting up bike shops also provides the chance to teach local people, often women, the skills needed to repair bicycles, and share insights into running successful businesses.

In the last six years, the group has collected and delivered some 4200 bikes to communities across Namibia, Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania, opening six bike shops across the continent. Recipients include healthcare workers, NGOs, teachers, and individuals who need them most for work and transportation.