A bicycle, one of the simplest transport technologies, is affordable and can be maintained anywhere in the world with minimal tools and spare parts. Yet for millions of low income people, a new bicycle is financially out of reach. Meanwhile, in the western world we discard thousands of bicycles each year.
When a bicycle is donated, the possibilities are endless and the math becomes simple. In the hands of a healthcare worker, they can cover four times the ground than on foot. This translates into more patient visits, more medication disbursements and perhaps most importantly, longer visits with each patient. Wheels of Change helps fulfill a basic need: to provide a distribution vehicle for improved healthcare in remote villages.
Why bikes make sense in Africa
- A healthcare worker visits 3 to 4 times the number of clients with a bicycle compared to walking.
- Girls are 70 percent more likely to attend school if their household owns a bicycle.
- 5km on foot = 1 hour / 5km by bicycle = 25 minutes.
- A bicycle carries up to 5 times the load compared with a person walking.