poverty

The Bicycle City Film: Vimeo

What happens to an impoverished developing nation town when you flood it with 20,000 bicycles? You lift three times that number of people out of poverty. Pedals for Progress and founder David Schweidenback have been shipping used American bicycles to Rivas, Nicaragua for the last two decades and the transformation has been incredible. More

This one is here via Caleb Butler and is posted for a number of reasons. I saw the post a couple of weeks ago and thought it was a great example how a simple initiative can really affect people’s lives. I love bikes, I love the mechanical efficiency of them, the design, the variety of uses that they can be put to. I have far, far too many of them in my garage.

But I am going to have a minor rant now. I recently tried to ride the local cycle path that goes from Topsham to Lympstone. Now, I have worked as a cycle courier in London, at that time we travelled the whole of London, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, and some strange ferry. I have never felt so endangered as when I tried to ride the cyclepath. I have put the details in a Boo Rantley, but in essence I find it hard not to believe that far from being welcomed and embraced as a valid means of transport cycling runs the risk of being marginalised by cyclepaths.

So to return to the video, a taster for a larger work, this filumn shows how the bicycle can be used to restore people’s livelihoods.