New Partner in St. Louis

bworks for webBikes for the World is in St. Louis! Meet our newest partner St. Louis Bicycle Works, who just shipped their first container, with guidance and placement from Bikes for the World.

Bicycle Works has been around longer than BfW, but mainly as an Earn-a-Bike program for youth in St. Louis. They are part of a larger group called BWorks which also sponsors an earn-a-computer program and create-a-book program.

Bicycle Works has been working with Working Bikes for the past five years supplying bikes for shipments out of Chicago. With the help of a scout collecting bikes for BfW in Kentucky, we jump started a shipment earlier this year that was finally loaded this weekend and will be sent to BfW partner CESTA in El Salvador.

Keep reading about St. Louis Bicycle Works and the unique program they started at Marion Federal Penetentiary teaching inmates bike mechanics.


terrific 13We gave away 38 bikes to students who participated in the City of Rockville's TERRIFIC program this year. Student's were required to complete a series of at least six good deeds to earn a bike. Receipents received a certificate from the Mayor of Rockville, a bike from Bikes for the World, and a helmet courtesy of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue.

Several kids who earned bikes brought their old one's they had outgrown along with them and donated them to Bikes for the World. One girl in particular, who had recently gotten a new bike, completed the TERRIFIC program and immediately donated her earned bike back into the program.

Read more about how the city's program is teaching kids a life lesson that stands to change lives.

Cool Schools

Fairview DadsBikes for the world is going back to school! Just last week alone we were at Fairview Elementary in Fairfax Station VA, Glenwood Middle School in Glenwood MD, Appomattox Regional Governor's School, in Petersburg VA, Wootton High School in Potomac MD, and this week Wolftrap Elementary. Between the schools we collected over 300 bikes that will help people in need get to work or school.

Wednesday May 8th is National Bike to School day. In Vienna VA they declare the whole week a Bike/Walk Challenge and encourage all students to come to school on their own power. Bikes for the World was invited as a guest rider to join Wolfie's Bike Train at Wolftrap Elementary.

Outreach Coordinator, Yvette Hess, joined the kids in their ride to school. "It's a lot like when I rode to school with our beneficiaries in the Philippines. In fact, as these kids grow into bigger bikes, they may donate these very bikes to our program and help kids in another country get to school. How cool is that?"

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Scout Support

Senthil Kannan EagleOn April 28, 2013 Senthil Kannan of troop 1983 was awarded the prestigious Eagle scout rank. Senthil completed his Eagle scout project with Bikes for the World last fall at REI Fairfax. He collected over 75 bikes, managed a group of about 20, and oversaw the financial aspect and coordination of the entire event.

Several other scouts in troop 1983 became aware of Bikes for the World and showed interest in working on a similar project with BfW in the future. We hope to invite the troop out to Pentagon City this summer for a loading.


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El Salvador Loading

Greenwood School 2013Bikes for the World started April with a loading at King Farm. The Stone Ridge Crew we work with twice a month started the loading on Wednesday, getting about half the container loaded.

Thursday we were met at the barn by a group we worked with a few years ago from Vermont. The Greenwood School arranges for students to complete a series of community service projects before they go home for spring break and we were lucky enough to have them with us this year.

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Lastest Shipment- Ghana

Meet Up VA Ghana
Many thanks to the Howard Gardner School and Meet Up Virginia the two groups who joined us March 15 & 16 for a container loading for Ghana.

We finished up this latest load destined for the Village Bicycle Project in Ghana on Saturday March 16th. With the help of both of these groups, Bikes for the World was able to load over 450 bikes bringing our total to 73,873 bikes shipped to date.


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Volunteer Calendar

Volunteer Opportunities

Looking to volunteer with Bikes for the World? Whether it's a collection, loading, event, or volunteer night we want you to join us. Check for times and locations that best suit your schedule and contact us to sign up or for more information.


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Bike Shops Accept Donations Year Round

Kona Bikes 2012

New Video. Bike shops are an important part of our operation. This video follows the donation of 10 new Kona Africa bikes from a donor out of the Race Pace Bicycles in Columbia.

Over 15% of all our annual donations come through bike shop retailers in the DC area. Many of these bikes are high quality Independent Bicycle Dealer frames that owners often hold on to for years. These bikes, when properly maintained, often last decades and create memories that are hard to part with. Knowing the bikes will continue to serve familes overseas gives the previous owner peace of mind and creates the space in which they are willing to donate this old bike.

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Loading Success

Sasha Bruce

Thank you to our volunteers who came out to Lorton to load the latest container of bikes that will be heading to our partner Wheels of Africa in Kenya.

With the participation of the Fairfax Volunteers for Change and Sasha Bruce Youthwork, we (nearly) cleaned out the Lorton warehouse and dispatched a total of 522 bikes – including 10 brand new Kona AfricaBikes purchased on our behalf by a local donor courtesy of Race Pace Bicycles' wholesale discount (a $3,000 donation). We hope to continue to work with both groups in the future.

Our next loading has not been scheduled yet. Please check back later for an updated loading schedule that will be posted on our website.

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Ever wonder what happens to the container once the bikes are unloaded? See how they are using them in Africa to create jobs!

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