bicycles

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...

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection 2017 Recycling Awards Application

In August, 2017, Pedals for Progress applied for a New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Recycling Award. Here is the NJDEP Packet announcing the application and specifying the requirements for applying. As specified in the application packet, we submitted these three parts: 1. Application Form (1 page) 2. Program Narrative (4 pages) 3. more...

P4P Bike 150,000: the Whole Story

The Summer 2017 InGear newsletter has some reflections and 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 was not yet at its final destination. Here's the whole story. Collected On April 1, 2017, the Long Island Returned Peace Corps Volunteers collected P4P bike number more...

Big Weekend in June 2017

You knew the weekend of June 24, 2017, was going to be action packed when you saw the P4P trailers and parking lot. The Triton 40-foot container had been delivered for our 11th shipment to Albania. The Avis rental truck was ready for the final collection of the spring season. And Dave's Mini and a couple of volunteer vehicles were parked out front. Sewing more...

The Vendor

Summer 2017 InGear Kwame is a young man around 22 years old and a student at Cape Coast Polytechnic in Ghana. Kwame is into the business of selling Phone Cards at wholesale prices. He does this when he has no lectures to attend. Considering the tough nature of this business, he sells them by either hiring a car or walking. This mode of selling makes the work somehow more...

The Farmer

Summer 2017 InGear One of the most prominent occupations that the world could ever think of is farming. Unfortunately in our part of the world here in Africa, especially Ghana, most young people prefer white collar jobs to farming. This is not in the case of Mr. Seidu, a 40-year-old peasant farmer in Western Ghana. He is married to his wife Abiba and they have three more...

Nicaragua Success Story, 2017

Summer 2017 InGear Alexander Mora was born in Tola, Nicaragua, eight miles west of the town of Rivas, home of our P4P partner EcoBici. Alexander has been interested in bikes since he was 10. From a very young age he learned bike repair from Guadalupe, the former lead mechanic at the Ensembladora de Bicicletas, the EcoBici bike shop. Guadalupe taught Alexander more...

P4P Bike Number 150,000

Summer 2017 InGear In April of 2017 Pedals for Progress collected and shipped its 150,000th bicycle. Dave Schweidenback, our founder and president, tells the story of his initial goal in 1991: ship 12 bicycles to the region of his Peace Corps service in Ecuador. His initial estimate is short, so far, by a factor of 12,500. Our Partners P4P has shipped to 36 countries, more...

The Significance of the Bicycle to the Rural Teacher

Summer 2017 InGear The teacher, as would be widely agreed, plays an invigorating role in the nurture of a human being. It is for this reason that teachers ought to be given apt remuneration and motivation for their services. Teachers in rural areas like the Northern Region of Ghana have particular needs, and bicycles play a vital role in their lives. A teacher more...

Adongo the Bicycle Mechanic

Summer 2017 InGear Adongo is a young energetic man who resides in the Northern Region of Ghana. Life after secondary school was very vexatious. There were not enough funds for Adongo to continue school. Since time obviously waits for no man, he decided to use his time profitably. After much deliberation, he finally resolved to learn a trade. Consequentially, he more...