Bike Story

A bike allows someone to travel twice as far, twice as fast and carry four times the load of a pedestrian.
Bicycles for Humanity, Australia began in Melbourne in 2008
– there are now chapters across Australia in Sydney, Perth and

Our shipments create new, or resupply existing, Bicycle

Empowerment Centres in the developing world.
As well as providing cheap sustainable transport for whole
regions, these workshops provide skills training, employment and
entrepreneurial opportunities for the communities in which they
are placed.

Our primary partner in Africa is Bicycle Empowerment Network
(BEN) Namibia which has been implementing shipping containers
of bikes as Bicycle Empowerment Centres across Namibia
and Zambia, since 2005. We aim to assist BEN through the
coordinated collection and provision of bikes to adults and
children in needy communities in Africa.

Across Australia you can donate your old bike, your time or funds
to support this grass roots project.

Changing bikes?
You can also change a life!


How the Program Works…
Around 40 million new bikes are sold each year in North America,
Australia and Europe. It is estimated that around half of these end
up either unused or abandoned. These bikes are the main source
for B4H Collections.
• It all starts with a Bicycles for Humanity Chapter. Hundreds of
people and businesses donate time, bicycles, spare parts and
funds to the cause

• Up to 400 bicycles are loaded into a shipping container with
tools and spare parts
• The container is shipped to our partner organisations in Africa
and other developing regions
• The container is implemented as a Bicycle Empowerment
• Local people are trained in bicycle mechanics, business skills
and project management
• The BEC provides employment, training, business opportunity
and economic stimulus for the community in which it’s placed

Your old bike
wants to do some good!


Bicycle Empowerment Centre (BEC) …
• Each BEC provides refurbished bicycles to healthcare
outreach volunteers, school children or other beneficiaries
• Income is generated through sales and servicing of bicycles
• Local jobs are created to run the BEC
• Community members gain access to affordable bikes
and bike servicing
• Income is used to continue the BEC beyond the
initial supply of bicycles
• Profits are invested in other community projects,
eg. growing food for AIDS orphans, micro-loan schemes to
foster new small enterprises, purchase of school uniforms
and payment of school fees for disadvantaged children.
• The BEC becomes a sustainable, self funding project that
continues to provide opportunity and positive change into the