Used Bike Drive to Help Communities in Developing Countries
- Published: 01 May 2014
Give a second life to your bike
Do you have a bike rusting in your shed, in your basement or on your balcony? Here's your chance to get it back on the road where it will make a real difference... in a developing country!
Bring your bicycle to Cyclo Nord Sud’s used bike drive on May 4th 2014 at Coopérative du Grand Orme in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, and help a family in need. Once redestributed through our partners in Africa or Latin America, your donated bike can benefit between five and ten people for up to 20 years.
The collected bicycles will be shipped to communities in Africa and Latin America, where they will be used as valuable tools in the struggle against poverty.
When : Sunday May 4th, from 10am to 1pm
Where : Coopérative du Grand Orme 153, rue Ste-Anne, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC
Info : Coop Café, Don Tito 514 457-0858
Bikes must be in working order or repairable and have wheels that are 20” or bigger. We also accept all types of tools, bike parts and accessories, as well as portable sewing machines.
We ask for a contribution of $15 per bike to cover part of the cost of sending them to Africa and Latin America. In exchange, you will receive a tax receipt for both the donation and the value of the bicycle. It’s an ecological way to show support, and everybody wins!
During our 15 years, we’ve collected and shipped nearly 50 000 bikes to 18 developing countries, mostly to rural areas in Latin America and Africa, where mobility can be a major factor in determining one’s quality of life.
Cyclo Nord-Sud’s mission is to collect used bicycles (as well as bike parts, tools and accessories) and ship them to poor communities in the developing world where they serve as a means of transportation and a tool for generating income and fighting poverty.
Source: Lucie Poulin, Communications Cordinator
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About Cyclo Nord-Sud
Each year, roughly 60 bike drives all over Quebec help collect nearly 4 000 bikes. During our 15 years, we’ve collected and shipped around 50 000 bikes to 18 developing countries, mostly to rural areas in Latin America and Africa, where mobility can be a major factor in determining one’s quality of life. Bicycles are efficient, inexpensive, easy to maintain, and environmentally friendly. They are ideal vehicles for many developing countries for getting to school or work, getting goods to market, generating income by offering services such as delivery or pedicab, getting to clinics, etc. In the South, a donated bike is used on average by five to ten people. In other words, your bicycle will benefit an entire community.
Donating a bicycle is a gesture of solidarity through which unused resources from the North become invaluable assets for people in the South. According to a study by Vélo Québec, approximately 550 000 bicycles are sold in Quebec each year and fall into disuse after an average lifespan of 5.5 years, often due to size or style. Cyclo Nord-Sud saves thousands of bicycles each year from ending up in our landfills and allows them to begin a second life down south.
Cyclo Nord-Sud promotes social justice and respect for the environment. The organization’s concrete actions give tangible results in North and South alike, one bike at a time.
Cyclo Nord-Sud is supported by over 1000 contributing members, 500 volunteers and 3,500 bike donors annually.
The non-profit, non-governmental organization was founded in 1998 by Claire Morisette, a major figure in Quebec’s environmental movement. For over 20 years, she promoted cycling as an ideal mode of urban transportation, while also founding Montreal’s car share, Communauto, to reduce the environmental impact of individual road users. Cyclo Nord-Sud, Claire’s last initiative, continues to uphold her ideals of environmental sustainability and international solidarity.