Tens of millions of Bikes being thrown away annually in the Developed world
Mobility and opportunity are the keys to a better life for all, every economy globally at one point grew on the back of a bicycle. In the developed world, many countries are moving towards bike share programs, that allow anyone with a phone App to find and unlock a bike, use it and then leave it to be used by another person. About 30 million bikes a year are entering the market through programs like this.
Add to this, E bikes or battery assisted bikes are now about 50% of the market in the developed world, leaving even more great pedal bikes with no home or use. Today, there are literally 10 million bikes plus annually being taken to landfills and discarded. The bulk of these bikes are perfectly suited for the developing world and Bicycles for Humanity and it's global Chapter base have delivered over 150,000 of these bikes to Africa alone. 160,000 over 15 years, out of 10 million annually is a drop in the bucket, the real challenge is, how to move this number to several million bikes annually and to do it, a new model is needed.
We simply do not have enough B4H Chapters and to grow, it is imperative that the people of the developing world, learn the skills to not only manage programs effectively, but better understand the needs of those that are collecting the bikes in the developed world. If we can bridge this knowledge gap, and create a model that allows all to not only learn, and to find partners willing to support them and all better understand the process, than we can scale at a much faster pace benefiting far more with the gift of mobility.
The determination, the energy and the skills are there, to help expand the number of bikes, it takes a new model with a greatly expanded network of social entrepreneurs to make it happen.
Bicycles for Humanity empowers people in the developing world by helping transferring skills to them that enable them to create opportunities for themselves.