StreetVelodrome are very excited to be announcing their partnership with Re~Cycle, the UK based charity which is transforming lives in Africa through bicycle re-use.
Re~Cycle rescues unwanted bicycles in the UK and ships them to Africa. There, the bicycles increase mobility and carrying capacity, provide access to education and healthcare and give people the opportunity to learn new skills and generate income. Beneficiaries include children, who often walk up to 20km round trip to school each day, and women, whose days often have long arduous journeys just to fetch water and firewood. Re-Cycle’s objectives are reflected in StreetVelodrome’s ‘It’s In Our DNA’ campaign which has the core value of creating greater access to cycling and cycle sport.
During the course of the StreetVelodrome Series, participants and visitors to each round of the Series will be encouraged to get behind Re~Cycle’s important work. More details of the campaign which will be an integral part of the 2015 UK StreetVelodrome Series will be announced shortly.
Series Director Carl Thompson commented “We think the work Re~Cycle is doing is invaluable. The positive impact of increased access to cycling is evident in our own communities, but this is amplified greater still in those areas of Africa where Re~Cycle is making an impact. The StreetVelodrome ‘It’s In Our DNA’ message is all about getting existing cyclists to be great ambassadors for their sport and to be part of our objective of bring cycling to more people. That’s why we jumped at the chance to work with Re~Cycle and to help facilitate the remarkable impact they are having in Africa.
Merlin Matthews, Founder and CEO of Re~Cycle said ”We are thrilled to be working with StreetVelodrome who like Re~Cycle are committed to delivering long lasting benefits to communities through the power of bicycles. Since 1997, Re~Cycle has sent over 60,000 bikes to its trusted partners in Africa, helping over 360,000 people. With the public’s support, our partnership with StreetVelodrome will help us ensure even more people in Africa have access to a bicycle and all the benefits which it brings.