Bike Week: Bicycles for Humanity WA preparing shipment for Namibia

Mayor Emma Cole with Ian Thomas (Volunteer Coordinator Bicycles for Humanity WA) for bike week where they will be washing bikes. Photo: Andrew Ritchie
Mayor Emma Cole with Ian Thomas (Volunteer Coordinator Bicycles for Humanity WA) for bike week where they will be washing bikes. Photo: Andrew Ritchie

IT is collaborations with organisation such as City of Vincent that have helped allow Bicycles for Humanity WA to expand, according to volunteer coordinator Ian Thomas.

Proceeds and bike parts from tomorrow’s Bike Market, to be held at Barlee Street carpark in Mt Lawley from 9am to 12pm as part of Bike Week, will go back to the charity organisation.

Bicycles for Humanity sends two sea containers full of 440 bikes and spare parts to Namibia.

Mr Thomas said the organisation was about to send bikes to remote communities in WA.

“We send a container to Namibia in April and another in October and we get a good rate which helps because Namibia is not on the regular shipping route,” he said.

“The sea containers stay there and are turned into shops.

“This April we will send five bikes to Wingellina.”

Mr Thomas said another bike market with the City of Vincent was planned for October.

The two organisations have worked together since 2014.

There are four more bike-related events scheduled within the municipality.

Bike Week is from March 16 to 25.

Bike Week events:

– March 21, 7am to 9am – Bike Breakfast, Axford Park, Mt Hawthorn

– March 22, 4pm to 6pm – Bike Wash, Bourke Street, Leederville

– March 24, 8am to 11.30am – Kyilla Ride to Market, Kyilla Park, North Perth

– March 25, 12pm to 5pm – The Ring Criterium, Oxford Street, Leederville

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