We’ll be packing bikes for the Village Bicycle Project in Ghana on Wednesday, June 25 and could use your help! Swing by the Working Bikes warehouse at 2434 S. Western Ave. in Chicago anytime between 10am and 2pm to help load bikes into a 40 foot shipping container. You’ll be relaying bikes to the truck, removing pedals, and turning handlebars so we can fit as many bikes as possible. Be sure to wear close-toed shoes and bring a water bottle, as the warehouse can get hot!
The Village Bicycle Project provides bikes and training to thousands of people in Ghana and Sierra Leone, with the aim of promoting bicycling as an accessible, sustainable mode of transportation. In Africa over 99% of the population cannot afford cars, often leaving them to rely on options that can be inefficient: walking or taking a bus. Village Bicycle Project has held one day bicycle repair workshops in 130 communities throughout Ghana, with more than 11,000 people receiving bikes and repair training since 2000.
From the Village Bicycle Project website:
“We provide bicycle repair workshops in remote rural villages by working with the local community organizers and with resident Peace Corps Volunteers. Link here for a map of our program locations. Our programs:
– Bring discounted bikes to regions where bikes have been infrequently used
– Offer bicycle riding and repair workshops to communities and people in need
– Provide specialized bike tools and parts to keep bikes rolling
– Address the special needs of African women and girls
Our bike prices have remained steady for several years, while the real prices have gone up. A sound half-price mountain bike is about $19, skinny tire bike are $17, kids’ bikes $9. In the far distant reaches of the country people pay the same amount that they would near the port despite our transport costs which reach up to $1700 per truck load.”