bicycles

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...

InGear Fall 2016

1. A Guatemala Success Story 2. Turning Waste into Opportunities 3. The Bike Academy in Tirana, Albania 4. Vietnam Update, Fall more...

Albania Update, March, 2017

Dear David, I wish you and your organization the best. We have been engaged in several important campaigns. After four years, supported by money we earned by selling shopping bags we made with P4P sewing machines, we won an important battle against plastic garbage. YES! Now even people in Albania are paying a modest fee for plastic bags. This has created an even more...

Vietnam Update, Fall 2016

Working with the Dariu Foundation of Switzerland, Pedals for Progress shipped two containers to Vietnam in 2011 and 2012, totaling 1135 bicycles. The bicycles were distributed by the Vinh Long Union of Friendship Organization in the upper Mekong Delta. Vietnam has very strict import laws and we had not been able to get permission to bring in bikes since 2012. We were more...

The Bike Academy in Tirana, Albania

Fall 2016 InGear We’ve been providing free cycling classes for the past two years, where many young people come to learn how to ride a bike. We notice more and more young people come each week. And riders improve as the weeks go by. Each week we are inspired to persist in changing our daily lives and the traffic of Tirana. We’re glad to inform you that we’ve more...

15 Years of P4P Collections, An Appreciative Retrospective

by Jackie Johnson, Granby CT Fall 2016 InStitch I wrote an article for the Spring 2011 InGear that began as follows: I was prompted to call Pedals for Progress in September of 2002 after I read a small article in Hope Magazine (long since out of business). The article told the story of Dave Schweidenback launching Pedals for Progress following his experience in the more...

Turning Waste into Opportunities

by Liz Sweedy Fall 2016 InGear The Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority (MCMUA) has hosted a used bike and sewing machine collection for 14 consecutive years since 2003. The Pedals for Progress collection program aligns with the MCMUA’s overall vision to reduce waste, reuse items, and build a culture for sustainability. In those 14 years, the MCMUA has more...

A Guatemala Success Story

Fall 2016 InGear We regularly feature stories of our partners’ customers whose lives have been improved by a bicycle. Here’s a different kind of story: the story of a former employee of our good friends at FIDESMA, our partner in Guatemala, who hired a hard-working young man five years ago and supported him in a series of jobs of ever greater responsibility. Byron more...