Bicycles for Humanity Colorado

Today's Friday fun is a feel good story about a local cycling organization Bicycles for Humanity Colorado. This group collects old bikes that are donated to them, fixes them up to be ridable, packs them into a shipping container with bike stands and tools and ships them off to Africa where the bikes are unloaded and given out and the container itself acts as a make shift bike shop. They are a 501(c)(3) with 100% of their donations going to their goal which is to address a fundamental barrier to African development– mobility. Poor transport systems mean poor access to healthcare, education, and economic opportunities. To learn more watch the video below, check out b4hcolorado.org or check out their very informative brochure on Bicycles for Humanity Colorado. Their next shipment of bikes to Africa leaves at the end of January

Together We Can Make It from mark piquette on Vimeo.

How it works

  • 300-400 bicycles are loaded in a shipping container with tools and spare parts; the container is shipped to partner organizer in namibia
  • local members of community are trained as mechanics and managers
  • Container is painted and retro-fitted to become local bike shop or Bicycle
    empowerment Center (BeC)
  • a portion of the bikes are given free to mobile healthcare workers, outreach
    volunteers, school children and other beneficiaries
  • income generated from sales of bike creates local jobs and funds the purchase
    of additional bikes beyond the initial supply
  • Profits from the BeC are used to invest in the community clinic that serves as
    healthcare center for the surrounding community.

Where you can donate bikes

B4H Colorado is excited to announce two fantastic partnerships. Wheatridge Cyclery, and Full Cycle Bikes have partnered with B4H Colorado to help us collectede donated bikes. Bring in your old bike to WRC in the Denver area or Full Cycle in the Boulder area and they will give you a store credit for your bike; the bike will go to B4H Colorado. Just have a bike to donate? Drop it by WRC or Full Cycle and B4H Colorado will pick it up from there. Click on the links for more details on store location and hours

Interested in donating to a local 501(3)(c) cycling organization this year? Stay tuned to 303 as we will release a list of organizations soon

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