About Us

Communities in need suffer due to lack of access to employment, education and health care. Bicycles are a powerful, sustainable, simple, and appropriate technology to support people in these communities to improve their own livelihood.

What is BFHS?

Founded in 2009 and supported by many active supporters and sponsors, Bikes for Humanity Sydney (BfHS) is part of a global network. We collect disused bikes and provide them to communities in need around Australia and overseas. Our bikes change lives forever by increasing access to education, employment and health care through improved mobility and self-empowerment.

An estimated 1.2 million bikes are sold in Australia every year. With this volume of new bikes being sold, there is a large untapped resource of second bikes waiting for a new life. Our aim is to collect the best of these bikes to send them to reliable partner organisations around Australia and in developing countries.

Bikes for Humanity – Sydney plan to:

  • collect donated bikes from the Sydney community
  • raise funds to purchase a shipping container and ship the best bikes to Africa
  • distribute bikes that are not appropriate (such as racing bikes) for Africa within Australia.

What do our partners do?

It’s then over to our reliable partner organisations. In the Bikes 4 Namibia project our in-country partner – the Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN) turns our shipping container into a ‘Bicycle Empowerment Centre’. The container becomes a pre-fabricated bike workshop providing skills training, employment and business opportunities to the community.

A rehabilitation center for street children receive a container of bikes as well as training for these young people to run this bike repair and sales business in Otjiwarongo, Namibia.

Our Namibian partner provides bicycles for the transport of medical staff and equipment, and to assist people to get from A to B when they otherwise would have walked. Rather than sitting in the garage your old bike could remove the tyranny of distance for HIV nurses and educators. Find out more about how to donate your bike and get it to Africa.

Do bikes make a difference?

Compared to walking, a bicycle provides a significant jump in productivity through its inherent time and energy saving characteristics. Here are some examples of what bikes can do:

  • Bicycles increase carrying capacity, five times as much as compared to walking.
  • Bicycles increase the distance a person can travel by four times compared to walking.
  • Bicycles save time; approximately three hours for every ten miles traveled compared to walking.

Bikes for Humanity Sydney is part of the global Bicycles for Humanity Network and the Bicycling Empowerment Network to distribute bikes in Africa. For more on that network visit www.bicycles-for-humanity.org and www.benbikes.org.za.