October 25, 2013 – Daily Herald Profiles WB Partner David Gorman

Working Bikes partner Dave Gorman was profiled by the Daily Herald in October of 2013 for his campaign to bring bicycles and bike culture to Lesotho. See below for an excerpt of the article, or read the article in full, here.

“Gorman, who served in the Peace Corps from 1989 to 1992, said he regularly dreams of Lesotho and has maintained contact with friends he made there. He returned there on his honeymoon in 1996, and again in 2010 with his wife and two daughters. It was during that 2010 trip that he took note that a new road was being built across the interior of the country, that the old road was now paved, and that he had never seen a bicycle in Lesotho.

Two years later, after finishing a “century” 100-mile bike ride from Chicago to Milwaukee, he mentioned to his biking group that he was thinking of riding across Lesotho. His friend and fellow cyclist Jeff Teppema of LaGrange Park immediately declared that he would join him.

An Internet search turned up the Lesotho Cycling Association, a new not-for-profit that had just received its first shipment of bikes from Mike’s Bikes Africa Foundation in California.

Gorman learned that he could help by raising the $20,000 it costs to collect, repair and ship 500 used bikes in one shipping container. He and Teppema set to work, writing a pamphlet, creating a Facebook page, talking to newspapers and scheduling presentations. They raised the $20,000 in three months and the first 500 bikes were sent out in May. Gorman now has funding to send out another 500 bikes, donated by Working Bikes in Chicago, in early November.”