Your Old Bike Could Change A Life
Re-Cycle – Bike Donation in the UKOver the past 21 years, Re-Cycle, based in Colchester, Essex, have accepted over 100,000 bike donations from the UK and sent them to people in need in rural Ghana, Zambia, The Gambia and South Africa. For those in need, a bike can be the ultimate gift of independence. It can be a way to get to school. It can be a way to reach a job. It can even be used to collect clean and safe drinking water for a whole family. Many people in these communities spend hours walking every day in order to collect living essentials such as water, food or firewood, meaning they don’t have time to go to school or get a job. With a bicycle, they can drastically reduce the time such activities take, enabling them to use their time in other ways, while also massively broadening the area that they can reach.
How Re-Cycle Recycle BicyclesHaving partnered with other companies, Re-Cycle have over 100 drop-off locations in the UK, where you can donate your old bike. Their biggest partnership is with Halfords, with over 70 of their stores accepting bikes, before sending them down to Re-Cycle’s HQ in Essex. At their headquarters, Re-Cycle then turn the bike into a “flatpack” for transportation by turning the handlebars and removing pedals etc. in order to be able to send as many bikes as possible in each container to Africa. They manage to get around 500 bikes in each container and, in 2019 alone, they sent over 20 containers. If my maths is right, that’s over 10,000 bikes and even more lives transformed.
How and Where to Donate a BikeBoth kids and adult bikes can be donated to Re-Cycle – so long as the bike is still in working order, they’ll accept it. Donating is also very easy. Simply find a drop-off point near where you live (full list here), select a location on the Re-Cycle website and then complete the online form. And Discerning Cyclist would like to give you some extra motivation to donate your bike in 2020… as for the first 100 bikes donated by the Discerning Cyclist audience, we’ll donate £5 per bike to Re-Cycle AND send you a special illustrated print by Ste Johnson that reflects the Re-Cycle mission. All we ask is that you send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a picture of you and the bike you’re donating (or just the bike, if you’re camera shy). We’ll be putting these pictures together on a celebratory post on Discerning Cyclist.
Other Ways to Support Re-CycleDon’t have a spare bike that you’re willing to say goodbye to? No problem. If you have a few quid to spare, you can also donate to Re-Cycle to help fund their amazing cycling mission.
Discerning Cyclist 2020 MissionIn 2020, Discerning Cyclist wants to help donate an extra 100 bikes to Re-Cycle. What’s more, for every bike donated, we’ll also donate £5 and also send you a special cycling illustration by Ste Johnson as a way of thanks. If you’d like to donate, here’s what you need to do:
- Find a place to donate here
- Once you’ve selected your location, simply complete the form
- Then drop off the bike and take a picture!
BIKE DONERS WALL OF FAMEBike #007 – Dean, Surrey (Picture to follow) Bike #009 – Craig (Picture to follow) [thermometer]
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