[TheThinkTank] looking for current info on orgs that move/donate surplus bikes

Jim Sheehan jim at ohiocitycycles.org
Wed Mar 23 13:58:55 PDT 2022


Working Bikes in Chicago are the folks to call!
Jim

Jim Sheehan
Executive Director
Ohio City Bicycle Co-op
1840 Columbus Rd
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
216 830 2667
OhioCityCycles.org
jim at ohiocitycycles.org


On Wed, Mar 23, 2022 at 4:04 PM Emily Gage <emily at phoenixbikes.org> wrote:

> I know that Bikes for the World (https://bikesfortheworld.org/) does
> this! They have a contact form on their website (
> https://bikesfortheworld.org/contact-us) and I think you could direct
> your question to Taylor Jones, their Executive Director.
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> *Emily Gage*
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> On Wed, Mar 23, 2022 at 2:55 AM <cyclista at inventati.org> wrote:
>
>> Hi all,
>>
>> Back in the day at RIBs we used to periodically ship excess bikes we had
>> to Ghana. I don't remember anymore what the entity that did the shipping
>> and organization for that was, only that last time I checked five or so
>> years ago, they had long since ceased operation. I even contacted one of
>> the organizers directly and they had no connections to share or interest
>> in resurrecting their past project. It was a total dead end, and I never
>> had the extra bandwidth to create a new effort on my own or
>> deepen/broaden my search.
>>
>> So what I'm hoping to hear from people is whether they know of, and have
>> contact info for, any current entities doing this kind of work. Loading
>> up shipping containers or tractor trailers with bikes and shipping them
>> off to places in the world with both a shortage *and* a capacity to fix
>> them.
>>
>> One thing I heard from people when I was doing the rounds last time was
>> that some of the entities that took the bikes either sold them for
>> scrap, or dumped them off without knowing what was done with them after
>> delivery, which ultimately turned out to be to sell them for scrap. The
>> obvious worst case scenario for such an effort. So I'm also hoping to
>> hear about any vetting that has been done, or firsthand experience with
>> the downstream of such a project.
>>
>> Thanks for any leads or info, cyclistas!
>>
>> Hope y'all are doing well,
>>
>> ~cyclista Nicholas
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