Rotary Club of Reading

Bikes for Africa


Bike repair skills passed on to a younger generation

The scheme includes the acquisition, preparation and transfer of bikes to Africa.
It has already been implemented in Gambia. In 2018, the target is to expand it into Sierra Leone and Malawi.
Traditionally, bikes have been collected by Rotary Clubs either working independently or in partnership with others in their area. Bikes are collected from all over the UK and Ireland for collation at B4A's base in Tetbury.

All types of bikes are accepted, from the almost complete wreck to the brand spanking new. On arrival in Tetbury, the bikes enter a triage process for assessment that will determine their individual futures.

As part of a partnership with UK and Irish prisons, bikes suited to the B4A Programme, are delivered to prisons for refurbishment by prison inmates. These bikes are typically adult sized mountain bikes. Currently 4 prisons are working with Jole Rider. On return, these bikes are quality checked, badged for future identification purposes and prepared for shipping. The refurbished bikes are loaded into containers and shipped to Africa. 14,000 Bikes have been shipped in the last 10 years. The scheme requires establishment and management of the program in the destination Country:
Rotary Clubs currently support and are involved in the Programme, because of:
the quality and effect of the Programme plus its simplicity as a low-cost problem fix
and finally, the wide community support aspect. It ticks further boxes because of It's international in nature, that It involves the home community add to that the fact that It involves education and involves the wider community, including, corporates, schools and prisons.