Here at Title we think every strata block with a bike store should hold a regular audit of who owns what bikes and then pass any unclaimed cycles on to charities that can use them to make a huge difference to other people’s lives.
How huge? Back in 2000, a British magazine commissioned a panel of scientists, sociologists, economists and engineers to decide which was the invention that was most important to humanity in the previous 2,000 years.
Was it the computer, the printing press, TV, the telephone, the steam engine, petrol engine or nuclear power? How about powered flight, gunpowder, steel, concrete, radio or plastic?
No, it was the humble bicycle because it gave, and still gives, ordinary people the opportunity to travel long distances for work, education, food, health care and clean water – and if you have those things, everything else will follow.
So, if you are considering taking your old bike to the tip, or just allowing it to rust in your garage or bike store, consider this – there are charities out there who will pass it on to someone whose life will be changed significantly for the better.
This is a comprehensive but far from exhaustive list of bike recycling charities, compiled with the help of the GiveNow website. And please check with them or any other charity before rocking up with your bike – just in case.
Bikes 4 Life is a not for profit organisation that sets out to alleviate poverty and social injustice in Australia and overseas by recycling and restoring discarded bikes. With a bicycle, families can enhance their standard of living dramatically, especially those in marginalised impoverished communities.
“Our work has transformed the lives of many families by widening employment opportunities, gaining easier access to remote sources of food and water and ensuring that children are able to regularly attend schools,” says their website. Find out more at www.bikes4life.com.au.
Melbourne: For bike donations email email@example.com. Workshop Address: 26 Gwynne Street, Cremorne (Richmond) VIC 3121.
Sydney: Sara Roe E: firstname.lastname@example.org. Workshop Address: 3/130 Old Pittwater Road, Brookvale NSW 2100
Brisbane: Milos Miladinovic E: email@example.com, WORKSHOP ADDRESS, Nundah Activity Centre, 15 Jenner St Nundah, Nundah QLD 4012
Australian Goodwill Bicycles Abroad collects unwanted bicycles in Australia and then distributes them to developing countries. Their stated aim is “to deliver as many bicycles as possible to as many people as possible in as many places as needed in Australia and overseas.” The indigenous Australian population who live in remote areas are their main focus in Australia.
Bicycles for Humanity is a worldwide organisation focused on making a difference through the redistribution of unused bikes to some of the poorest nations in the world. The container sent overseas full of bikes is turned into a Bicycle Empowerment Centre where local people are trained in bike mechanics and small business skills, giving the local community greater access to water, health care, education and economic opportunity. BfH has collection centres in most state capitals.
Website: www.bicyclesforhumanity.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cycle Recycle Club, aka the Nunnery Bike Workshop collects abandoned bikes and parts to create working bikes to put back into the community. Website: www.bikeclub.wordpress.com Email: email@example.com
Western Sydney Cycling Network is a non-profit community based group that manages bicycle repair and recyclingto promote sustainability, health and waste reduction.
Website: www.westernsydneycyclingnetwork.com.au Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bike Love Corral is a not-for-profit, community based, sustainable transport, bike-fun centre , push-bike co-op. “We take pre-loved bikes and parts that are then restored by volunteers.” Free workshops on how to fix bikes, cycling tips and traffic skills.
Inala Youth and Family Support Service helps young people 10-25 years and their families with accommodation, school support, crime prevention programs, and counseling. Donated bikes would be given to young people who can’t afford bus fares for work, school, college and leisure.
The Rotary Club of Surfers Sunrise needs old bikes that they can turn into wheelchairs for third world countries. In the past 18 years they have converted 14,000 old bikes into 7,000 wheelchairs that they have sent to 31 countries including Vietnam, Vanuatu, Nigeria and Sri Lanka.
Bicycle SA runs programs for at-risk communities throughout regional South Australia. “In the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Lands, our Bikes-in-Schools program get s kids riding to school. Research shows this significantly improves the overall physical and mental health of families and associated community networks.” Using donated second hand bikes, the program delivers resources and skills for the whole community.
Bicycle Institute for South Australia’s Bikes for Refugees project recycles bikes in good condition and donates them, free of charge, to refugee families recently arrived in Australia. BISA is happy to take bikes in good condition, to check, clean, and hand onto the Refugee Association. They are particularly keen to get bikes for children and teenagers.
Banksia Gardens Community Services – Bicycle Hub volunteers help the community with bike repairs and also accept donations of old bikes which are repaired and donated back to the community.
Wangaratta Friends of Lacluta supports the people of Lacluta sub-district in Timore Leste. Donated bikes mean students from the neighbouring village of Umotolu don’t have to walk two hours each way to school. They arrange repairs on the bikes and have them shipped over, while the school manages the distribution to those who most in need.
Website: http://www.friendsoflacluta.org Email: email@example.com
Hobart Bike Kitchen is a non profit group of people who love bikes and who want to share their passion. They accept donations of anything that is going to contribute to putting a road worthy bike on the road, so a bike that’s no longer used, a bike that may have something broken that may provide parts for others, parts that you’ve got sitting around in the shed or garage for a bike you’ve no longer got.
Website: hobartbikekitchen.org/donations/ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org