A cargo bike that changes lives


The Springwise newsletter is an excellent resource for ideas that are used to move businesses towards sustainable, ethical practices. In the latest issue, we learn about World Bike:

California-based Worldbike’s bicycles are designed to handle large loads, rough terrain and inclement weather. They’re configured to be not only affordable, but also maintained and repaired locally. Through partnerships with international and local agencies, private companies, foundations and NGOs, Worldbike even helps arrange microcredit financing for bike purchases and supplement sales with support from funders and private donors. Its bikes have already been brought to Cuba, Mexico, Rwanda, Senegal and Thailand, among other areas. However, as the company also notes, “the same cargo bike we deliver to rural Africa also turns heads on the streets of Seattle.” An official US version of the bike is now being configured, and proceeds from all purchases will help support bike distribution efforts in Kenya.

A similar initiative has been up and running here in Toronto. Bikes Without Borders, who continues to work to support their Pedal-Powered Hope program:

Bikes Without Borders is working with a Malawian-based NGO (YONECO) to establish a program that will provide Community Health Workers in 7 districts with 400 new bikes and 100 bicycle ambulances. Providing a bicycle or bicycle ambulance to a CHW allows them to reach up to 5 times as many patients, reach remote communities with patient support and HIV/AIDS prevention education, and do their work more efficiently and with greater impact.  400 bikes and 100 bicycle ambulances will allow our network of CHWs in Malawi to reach an estimated 15,000 additional people with lifesaving medication, prevention education and additional support services.

Just $150 purchases a reliable, durable bike for a Community Healthcare Worker in Malawi. $400 is enough to purchase a bicycle ambulance. Visit our donations page to make your investment in the future of African healthcare!

For more information about World Bike visit: http://worldbike.org
For more information about Bikes Without Borders visit: http://www.bikeswithoutborders.org

Image via World Bike

How a Guy Can Look Good on a Bicycle in Toronto

A short while ago I posted about how we dress when biking in Toronto.

I think we’re a pretty good looking bunch here in Toronto. Of course, when I tell people I’m a cyclist I can instantly see their eyes fog over as they picture me in full spandex.
As we’ve seen from my post, you don’t need to wear spandex to enjoy biking in Toronto. However, if you’re looking for more inspiration, here’s some clothing brands that could help you overcome “spandex anxiety” and bike in comfort and style:
Bikes Without Borders: While not a clothing brand per se, Mountain Equipment Co-op carries some of their t-shirts and hoodies and they certainly have nothing to do with lycra:

Bikes Without Borders

Rapha: Got some money? OK, now got some more? Rapha makes great looking clothing with a price tag to match

Outlier: Made in NYC and can cost as much as a Porter flight to their home town. Looks great though.



Of course, the best way to look good cycling in Toronto is to simply be yourself, put on your helmet and take to the streets in whatever you’ve got on.

All photos from respective company’s web sites.