bicycles

Pedals for Progress Bike 150,000

Fall 2017 InGear The Summer 2017 InGear newsletter has a partial report on bike number 150,000. The report was partial because at publication time we had collected, packed, and shipped the bike, but it did not yet have an owner. Now that it does, we want to tell the whole story in one place. Collected on Long Island On April 1, 2017, the Long Island Returned Peace more...

Total Shipped

Bikes shipped since 1991 (Countries with two or more shipments) Country Shipped   Nicaragua 42,879 El Salvador 24,457 Ghana 15,458 Guatemala 9,409 Barbados 7,876 Honduras 7,376 Panama 6,520 Albania 5,982 Uganda 4,140 Moldova 3,684 Dominican Republic 3,560 Eritrea 2,761 South Africa 2,180 Colombia 1,699 more...

Ghana: Water as a Necessity

By Ohemaa Sarfoa Fall 2017 InGear One of the most important commodities in the lives of all living things is water: the body is made up of 70% water, and plants as well as animals need water for growth. Water is an undeniably substantive commodity in the livelihood of humans. In spite of the importance of water, access to potable water is a great hurdle in some more...

Ghana: Values of the Bicycle

By Ohemaa Sarfoa Fall 2017 InGear Because of its numerous uses, a bicycle could be a very cherished vehicle for its possessor. Forty-year-old Mr. Sapaku is a tailor. He has been using a bicycle in his daily dealings for the past ten years. Aside from the thrifty significance of the bicycle, it unknowingly gets rid of some health-related deficits in his body, as more...

Report from Albania, Fall 2017

Fall 2017 InGear Albania has one of our most active partners, PASS/Ecovolis, which runs a wide variety of social and environmental programs. An Update from March 2017 mentions two of their programs. One uses P4P/SP sewing machines to make reusable shopping bags and the the other operates a children's library, LibrAria. Ened Mato, the PASS director, recently more...

New Jersey DEP 2017 Recycling Award

By Michael Sabrio Fall 2017 In October 2017, Pedals for Progress won a New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Recycling Award. Dave Schweidenback accepted the award at the Awards Luncheon on 18 October 2017 in Neptune City, New Jersey. In the photo, Guy Watson, President of the Association of New Jersey Recyclers, is on the left in the black more...

Progress Report for End of Fiscal Year 2017

On 30 September 2017 we closed the books for fiscal year 2017. (The P4P fiscal year runs from October 1st through September 30th.) In 2017 we collected 12% more bikes and 55% more sewing machines than in 2016. Fiscal 2018 starts with a bang: on 23 September 2017 the Vermont Green Mountain Returned Peace Corps Volunteers collected 253 bikes and more...

Warren Hills Loads a Container for Ghana

On Saturday, September 23rd, we packed the first container of the 2017 fall season: 536 bikes and 25 sewing machines are on their way to Ghana. The packing crew was from the Computer Science Club of the Warren Hills Regional High School in Washington, New Jersey. They and their faculty advisor, Daryl Detrick, are no strangers to P4P. Along with the Chess Club, more...

Blast from the Past

In the fall of 2017, Dave was cleaning his office when a May 1996 article from the Philadelphia Inquirer fell out of a box. Not much has changed at P4P except Dave's more...

End of the 2017 Collection Season

Our 27th calendar year collecting bicycles came to a close today on Veterans Day, November 11th, 2017. On a below-freezing morning, the Bunnvale Assembly of God together with the North Hunterdon Rotary Club collected 106 bicycles and 8 sewing machines — a great result in any weather. We would like to thank all of the participants, and especially Jim Murray, who more...