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Bikes 4 Africa

Supported by Rotary International of Britain and Ireland

Bikes4Africa is jole rider’s flagship programme in support of its mission: 
to change lives through education

Many African children live in remote communities, a long way from their nearest school.
Without reliable, affordable, motorised transport the only way they can get to school is to walk. 
In searing heat, their journey to education on foot is a daily epic mission.
Having a bicycle makes a world of difference for these children,
          their families and also their communities.

Bikes4Africa refurbishes donated second-hand bikes and delivers them from the UK
to African schools, where they enable children to...

•    get to school, and arrive on time, instead of late
•    begin the school day alert, instead of exhausted
•    stay for extra lessons at the end of the school day
•    remain safe by travelling home from school in daylight
•    and as a result of all of the above, reach higher academic achievement

The number of students at rural schools in The Gambia who gained 5 or more credits [entry requirement for university] has more than doubled as a direct result of the bicycles. Also, students at rural schools are achieving Aggregate Scores of 6 [TOP MARKS] for the first time in the country’s history.

Gambian Education Ministry MOBSE

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In Africa

When the bikes arrive in The Gambia, our partner organisation jole rider Gambia, which has pre-selected the schools, oversees the distribution of the bikes with the assistance of the Gambian Education Ministry.
Bikes remain school property, with teachers allocating them to children according to set criteria. When a child graduates from school, their bike is re-allocated to another child. 

Our strategy is to only allocate 100 bicycles to each school. It is the most needy of these children, the best behaved, the most hard working that are allocated a bicycle by their teachers. The effect of this strategy is to raise the accademic standards of the entire school. Thus, due to competition, each bike impacts positively on as many as 10 students.


Local Field Engineers and selected school students receive training in bike maintenance and servicing. The schools buy some of the spares and consumables needed in-country
and we also provide supplies from the UK. Our partner organisation monitors the bike fleets and assists the schools with the maintenance of the bikes. 

Our Goals

To deliver as many suitable bikes to schools in Africa as we can and to sustain a programme enabling the ongoing maintenance of the bikes by providing tools, skills training and local support.
Whilst we intend to deliver many more bicycles to schools in The Gambia we are developing our links with other countries in Africa. Due to this the programme needs many more bicycles.



If you would like to organise a bikes4Africa Day
or collect a quantity of bikes - please see collecting bikes


Bikes need to meet the criteria in our Bike Spec.
Bikes also need to come with a donation of at least £10 each, to cover the cost of shipping to Africa.
We receive bikes from individuals, the police, recycling centres and businesses.

We delivered our first consignment of bikes to The Gambia, West Africa,
in April 2006.

Our partners HM Prison Service help us to refurbish the bikes.
The work is carried out by inmates in prisons around the UK.

We pack the bikes into sea containers, a minimum of 333 bikes at a time, and ship them to Africa.
We pack a sea container with bikes, books and furniture for schools every 2 months.
Our loadings usually take place on the last Wednesday of the month at our base in Tetbury.

Thanks to the investment, help and involvement of schools, volunteers and our partners, we change more than 2500 lives directly every year,  and many thousands more every year indirectly.


What YOU Can Do

Receiving donated bikes is an important element of bikes4Africa.
However, for a donated bikes to change a child's life in Africa, we also need to receive shipment funding along with it.
It costs just £10 to deliver a bike to a school in Africa.
A donation of more than £10 means we can change lives for even more African children.
To find out how you can invest in bikes4Africa, and help young Africans change their lives - and Africa - positively through education, click here.

If you have a bike to Invest, with £10 for its journey to Africa, then click here.


If you would like to organise a bikes4Africa Day
or collect a quantity of bikes - please see
collecting bikes

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Bike Spec

Click on the link below to download the Bike Specification information pack as a PDF

This pack contains details on exactly what types of bikes will be useful to bikes4Africa. If you require more information please do not hesitate to contact jole rider on 0870 609 2007

  bikes4Africa Bike Spec

   bikes4Africa Day