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

cyclista at inventati.org cyclista at inventati.org
Wed Mar 23 22:08:26 PDT 2022


(sorry!!!! **Luis**)

On 2022-03-24 05:06, cyclista at inventati.org wrote:
> Luiz,
> 
> Having read the Bike Not Bombs "Bike Drive" page, it doesn't seem to
> pertain to this use case. There doesn't seem to be any other
> collection/donation information for large quantities anywhere else on
> the site.
> 
> The "Bike Drive" page also suggests a $20 donation per bike in the
> case where members of a local community bring their own bikes to an
> event for donation to BNB.
> 
> What about when the bikes aren't accumulated at a drive event
> specifically for the purpose of a BNB collaboration, but rather are
> largesse from routine CBS operation over time? Would BNB still require
> a per-bike $20 donation?
> 
> Thanks for any extra info,
> 
> ~cyclista Nicholas
> 
> 
> On 2022-03-23 21:29, Luis Fernandez wrote:
>> Bikes not bombs in Boston has been doing this since 1984.  Containers 
>> of
>> donated bikes, parts and tools are shipped overseas and these supplies 
>> are
>> used to provide jobs and transportation for those communities.  They
>> partner with local organizations who receive the bikes and make use of 
>> them
>> and vet those partnerships regularly.
>> 
>> I added the link to the international program details below.  Contact 
>> info
>> is also available on the website.
>> 
>> https://bikesnotbombs.org/international-partnerships/international-shipping-2/
>> 
>> Luis
>> @somervillebikekitchen and @dotbikekichen (and on the board at bikes 
>> not
>> bombs)
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> On Wed, Mar 23, 2022 at 2:04 PM Jim Sheehan <jim at ohiocitycycles.org> 
>> wrote:
>> 
>>> 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.
>>>> 
>>>> _________________
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> *Emily Gage*
>>>> 
>>>> *Executive Director, Phoenix Bikes*
>>>> 
>>>> 909 S. Dinwiddie St., Arlington, VA 22204
>>>> 
>>>> Cell: 703-346-0035
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 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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