Bicycle Wheel Art

Bicycle art may not be generating electricity yet, but it sure is a creative way to have messy fun.

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Pedalling Libraries and Literacy, Smiles and Community

Alicia Tapia  and her bibliobicicleta    http://bibliobicicleta.com/about/

Alicia Tapia and her bibliobicicleta http://bibliobicicleta.com/about/

When my kids were little we went to the book mobile, but these enterprising librarians are delivering books by bicycle. Alicia Tapia pedals her library called Bibliobicicleta around San Francisco, sharing her love for bikes and books with children and adults and giving books for free that are freely given to her. Alicia Tapia and the growing movement including pedal powered librarians Karen Green of Tucson, and Jared Mills of Seattle are to be applauded. Well done!

You can see Alicia’s Kickstarter video here. Kickstart “Bibliobicicleta”

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PWRDF Ride for Refuge

Primate World Relief and Development Fund have been helping people, help people ever since the Springhill mining disaster in Nova Scotia in 1958. They still are and you can pedal to help the many  refugees in need. Check it out here at Ride for Refuge .

rideforrefuge.org

rideforrefuge.org

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Pedal Power and Last of the Summer Wine


What silly fun with pedal power on the show, Last of the Summer Wine. A pedal powered drill was put to use, or at least was attempted to be used, with the usual hilarious results of the show, ensuing. You can view it here. Enjoy.

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Chocolate and Bicycles Again!

imageThe bicycle factory is now open for 2015! Go ahead, eat chocolate and make more bikes for kids in Africa.

100 chocolate bars =1 bicycle.

Enjoy a chocolate bar, submit the UPC code to http://www.thebicyclefactory.ca and you have just created one virtual bike part. All it takes is 100 parts to make a bicycle. A fair trade chocolate bar will make two bike parts. The best part is that these bikes are shipped to children in countries like Ghana where bikes mean freedom and easier access to school, which means education and education, means change.

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from http://www.thebicyclefactory.ca

Ghana is where William Cadbury sourced his cocoa in the early 1900’s and Cadbury continues to do so today. Since 2009, Cadbury has been giving back to Ghana through their bike building program. You can be even more helpful if you purchase fair trade Cadbury chocolate which ensures that the cocoa growers in Ghana are getting fair wages. In 2011 they made 3,283 bicycles. Be sure to check out the bicycle factory website and see the video clips that show how these bikes are changing lives.
In summary, if you purchase 100 chocolate bars you can make one bike. If you plan to eat all the chocolate, you will probably want to pedal off all the calories and if you do it on a pedal power generator, think of all the free electricity you will generate! Talk about a win, win, win!

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Bicycle Inspired Bangura Bags

Check out Bangura Bags made in Sierra Leone. Creative iPad sleeves, toiletry bags, touring bags, hand bags, key chains and more are all made out of used bicycle tubes and colourfully lined with local fabrics.
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The purchase of Bangura products contributes to employment in Sierra Leone and provides financial assistance to the local Masanga hospital. Bangura bags also carry the Danish Fair Trade stamp, ensuring high standards regarding transparency, salaries, education and working conditions. If that is not enough, the Tailor Shop provides employees with education in basic english and math.

Alfred Bangura manages The Tailor Shop where all of these items are manufactured on pedal powered sewing machines.
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What’s not to love about a pedal powered, recycling, sustainable, socially responsible enterprise and their products?

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Pedal Powered Grain Mills Changing Lives

imageI am delighted to promote The Flour Peddler by Josh and Chris Hergesheimer. These two brothers are the creators of the pedal powered grain mills that are making a difference. Their story takes them from beautiful British Columbia with hearts for ‘doing the right thing’ for the environment, people’s health and community, to far away places like Uganda and South Sudan.

The mission to provide pedal powered grain mills to a rural women’s cooperative and equip them with the ability to improve their local food security is not just about sustainable off-grid milling or micro-enterprises. It’s a thrilling adventure of life changing events that has ignited Josh and Chris to do more. Buy a copy or two of The Flour Peddler and you can too. Every book sold, helps Josh and Chris fulfill their goal of funding the construction of 4 more mills in South Sudan.

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