Village Bicycle Project aims to empower communities by strengthening bicycle culture. Our programs couple quality subsidized bicycles with hands-on maintenance training for new owners. We give village bike mechanics detailed training along with specialized bike tools and spare parts. This comprehensive, holistic approach ensures that bikes will be dependable, affordable and sustainable transportation. Women and girls, who are frequently marginalized, are specifically targeted for inclusion in programs which begin to address the gender inequalities that limit their access to bicycles.
VBP programs make cycling an attractive choice for entire communities, as improved mobility enables growth in productivity with better access to jobs, schools and healthcare, not to mention the environmental and health benefits of cycling.
Thanks to support from donors, volunteers and partner organizations worldwide, VBP distributes tens of thousands of bicycles and gives so many people the ability to spend less time in transit and more time improving their lives.
As of Fall 2017:
116,000 Bikes Sent to Ghana & Sierra Leone
18,000 People Trained in Repair Skills
3,500 Girls & Women Learned to Ride
60,000 Tools Distributed to Keep Bikes Rolling