A Bike Lover’s Gift Guide: Give Back

Week one of our Bike Lover’s Gift Guide highlighted fun and beautiful handcrafts available on Etsy. For week two we are shifting our focus to gifts that give back to the bicycling community.

  • Life-Changing Bikes – Gift a bike in honor of someone you love via World Bicycle Relief. The Bicycles for Educational Empowerment program aims to give 50,000 bicycles to school children in rural Zambia – 70% of whom are girls – to enable the children to travel to and from school more easily. The cost is $134 per bicycle, which includes shipping and assembling the bike, as well as paying for a trained bike mechanic for each school. Any donation amount is welcome.
  • Local Bike Advocacy – Give the gift of membership to your local bike advocacy organization. In Chicago the Active Transportation Alliance works to create better conditions for bicyclists, pedestrians and public transit users. Membership is inexpensive and includes lots of discounts at retailers across the city, several membership events and a newsletter.
  • Bicycle Cooperatives – Give the gift of community. Examples include gift memberships at co-ops like Bici Co-op in Birmingham and used bicycles for purchase at Bikes Not Bombs in Boston and Working Bikes Cooperative in Chicago.  Your community may have a bicycle cooperative you could support in some way through your holiday gift-giving.
  • The Open Road – Give the gift of adventure. A gift membership for the Adventure Cycling Association includes a subscription to Adventure Cycling Magazine, discounts on route maps and affiliate benefits, and if you join or renew for yourself now, you can give a holiday gift membership for half off. If you really want to go all out, you could give someone an amazing cycling tour.
  • Magazine Subscription – Momentum, The Magazine for Self-Propelled People, is distributed free in several cities across North America. Gift subscriptions are super affordable and help support this first-class publication.
  • Organized Rides – Give the gift of a fun day together.  Many rides support bicycling or other environmental causes.  If you find a ride you like in another city, make a whole weekend vacation of it.  This ride along Chicago’s beautiful lakefront benefits Climate Cycle. The annual ride is scheduled for May 14, 2010 and cyclists select from a 4, 10, 20 or 62-mile course. Proceeds go to installing solar energy in Chicago public schools, which currently pay more for energy costs than books and computers combined.

If you have any other ideas or know of a worthy bicycling cause, please share in the comments!

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7 thoughts on “A Bike Lover’s Gift Guide: Give Back

  1. jane says:

    Great links – thank you! I love supporting causes like this. I also know of the Village Bicycle Project ( http://www.ghanabikes.org/ )which is a similar idea to World Bicycle Relief, I think, and I know that Bikes Not Bombs support them and send bikes out to Ghana where they promote the bikes as sustainable transport there, and encourage people to learn bike mechanics as well.
    Re- cycle ( http://www.re-cycle.org/ ) is a UK charity which supports the VBP and a number of other cycling based charities in Africa including bikes for street children to enable them to find delivery work, bike ambulances, bikes for midwives, and giving bikes to HIV outreach workers to enable clinics to take place in rural villages.

  2. bb says:

    Nice content.

  3. Great gift guide! – though I am somewhat distracted by that violet-hued dusk photo. What a pretty shot.

  4. These are AMAZING. So perfect for Christmas! Thanks for posting these!!

  5. maria says:

    Gorgeous photos.

    These sound like amazing organizations.

  6. adriennejohnson says:

    How about get your friends together for a Holiday ride? Get together before hand to decorate the bikes and then go for a ride around while singing carols really loudly? At the end, gather for hot toddies and tidbits and play silly board games? Cheep and just what we all really need- more time together.

    For those out of towners on the list, your suggestions are fantastic!

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