Bicycles and empowerment is all about communities collaborating to change the way bicycles will change our world. Just before the holidays, we ask that you find out more about the amazing ways you can donate or be part of an organization that empowers communities by bikes. Just to help get you started, we rounded up a few of our teams favorite non profits, charities, and coalitions that need your contribution to making our communities more bike friendly.
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About World Bicycle Relief
World Bicycle Relief is transforming individuals and their communities through the Power of Bicycles; we envision a world where distance no longer prevents access to healthcare, education and economic opportunity.
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About Recycle A Bicycle
Recycle-A-Bicycle (RAB) utilizes the bicycle as a resource to foster youth development, environmental education, community engagement, and healthy living. Through retail storefronts, social entrepreneurship, and innovative programs, Recycle-A-Bicycle empowers the youth of New York City and beyond.
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About Bikes Not Bombs
Bikes Not Bombs uses the bicycle as a vehicle for social change. They reclaim thousands of bicycles each year, creating local and global programs that provide skill development, jobs, and sustainable transportation. Their programs mobilize youth and adults to be leaders in community transformation.
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Transportation Alternatives is New York City’s leading transportation advocacy organization, with a citywide network of 100,000 active supporters committed to reclaiming New York City’s streets for people by ensuring that every New Yorker has safe space to walk and bike and access to public transportation. Every day, all over the city, they’re working to make New York City’s neighborhoods safer and restore a vibrant culture of street life.
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About Ovarian Psycos
All women’s bicycle brigade in L.A. dedicated to utilizing bicycles as a tool for empowerment, social justice, and community development through monthly bike rides, community collaborations and organization.
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About San Francisco Bicycle Coaltion
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has been transforming San Francisco streets and neighborhoods into more livable and safe places by promoting the bicycle for everyday transportation. Through day-to-day advocacy, education and working partnerships with government and community agencies, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is creating safer streets and more livable communities for all San Franciscans.
About the Bike Kitchen
The Bike Kitchen teaches people of all ages and backgrounds how to repair bicycles. The Bike Kitchen promotes personal development and provides leadership opportunities. Operating as a cooperative shop, they provide affordable ways to acquire and maintain a bike, encourage re-use and recycling, and work with community groups to get more people on bicycles.