P4P News

End of the Year Message from Dave


Friday, December 5th the staff of P4P, a couple of our key volunteers, and our significant others, had an end of the year dinner at the Village Gyro Mediterranean Grill and Food Market in Flemington New Jersey. It is a small family run supermarket/restaurant with exceptional food at extremely reasonable prices. We were there to celebrate an extremely successful year collecting and shipping bicycles and sewing machines to the most needy around the world.

I would like to thank our tremendous collection manager Gary Michel and our office manager Lori Smith for all of their efforts in the last year. I would also like to thank Michael Sabrio, Robert Loftin and Dennis Smyth for the many many hours they have volunteered during the last year. It is the efforts of these individuals and many others which allowed us to collect all of the material and prepare it for shipment overseas.

P4P delivers. We realize that we are small drop in a very large bucket of need but the longest journey begins with a single step. In 2014 we delivered 3,634 bicycles in total to Albania, Guatemala, Madagascar, Moldova and Nicaragua bringing our accumulative total to 143,830 bicycles in the last 24 years. In 2014 we also delivered 274 sewing machines in total to Albania, Guatemala, Moldova, and Tanzania bringing our accumulative total to 2,982 sewing machine shipped in the past 15 years. Each one of these items gives the new owner the ability to go to work and earn more income, or in the case of children’s bicycles to get to school on time so they have a good education.

Last, but perhaps most important, all of us at P4P thank you the donors for your trust. Collecting and shipping bikes is hard physical work which we are ready and able to complete, yet without your support none of this would be possible.

Thank you.
David Schweidenback

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For the Love of Bicycles


Even from the earliest days 25 years ago, not too long after I began to deliver bicycles, some young person who wants to race is hanging about, often willing to work for free just to be around bicycles. At first I really discouraged racing clubs because our real goal was income generation, workers getting to work. The love of bicycles and the love of racing have always won out. The people who work in the bike shop and the people who hang around there are always great bicycle enthusiasts.

Juan Carlos Jimenez is such a young man. 18 years old, he works in a bicycle parts shop in Rivas, Nicaragua. In his spare time he is preparing for upcoming competitions racing up and down the steep jagged foothills of western Nicaragua. Thanks to the donation of this beautiful Motobecane bicycle to Pedals for Progress, Juan Carlos has an exceptionally good bike to race.

I have often been asked is this bike too good? No bicycle is too good. There is a purpose for every bicycle. We seek to ship the highest quality bikes possible and when we can obtain such a beautiful racing bike, there is a great demand for that bicycle overseas.

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Our Approach

Every year, affluent Americans buy 18 million new bicycles and discard millions of old ones, abandoning many more unused in basements, sheds, and garages. Most of these end up in our already overburdened landfills. Meanwhile, poor people overseas need cheap, non-polluting transportation to get to jobs, markets, customers, and schools. Pedals for Progress has received, processed and donated over 142,00 biycles and 2,800 Sewing Machines.
used sewing machines and $10.8 million in new spare parts to partner charities in 38 developing world countries. Pedals for Progress isn't just donating used bicycles: It's also helping developing world economies by promoting self-sustaining bicycle repair businesses.

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