Monday, November 12, 2007

World Bicycle relief

I am not sure how to embed information... so follow the above link to Zack Vestal's initiative for the World Bicycle relief fund.
At $110 a bike his goal is to raise $550 enough to provide 5 bikes through the World Bicycle relief program.
5 bikes that will in turn provide free and efficient transport for at least 5 people.

Here's some more info, taken directly from Zack's posting via the World Bicycle Relief website,
World Bicycle Relief’s vision is that simple sustainable mobility is an essential element in disaster relief and poverty relief. In developed and developing countries, bicycles fulfill the basic mobility needs of individuals and have a direct impact in support of healthcare, education, and economic development. Bicycles empower individuals, their families, and their communities.
Our mission is to provide access to independence and livelihood through the power of bicycles.
Simple sustainable mobility in the form of bicycles multiplies people’s efforts and efficiencies in areas of healthcare, education and economic development.
Healthcare: Brings healthcare to patients and patients to healthcare.Education: Brings educators to the field and students to schools.Economic Development: Sustainable mobility is a fundamental requirement in all economic systems. Bicycles multiply individuals' efforts in the following ways:
Bring goods and services to markets;
Enable workers to get to jobs or find better jobs;
Bicycles fuel individuals' entrepreneurial drives, and entire businesses can be run off the back of a bike.
During a commuting day of 10 miles traveled, a bicycle saves 3 hours.
Walking – 2.5 miles per hour
Bicycling – 10 miles per hour
Riding a bicycle increases one's capacity by 5 times.
Over equal units of time, one can ride a bicycle 4 times the distance as one walking.
As time increases, effort to travel increases. Riding a bicycle requires less effort, allowing one to travel farther in less time.
The average person can walk 2.5 miles in 1 hour – this equals access to an area of approximately 20 square miles. By bicycle, that same area would be equivalent to 310 square miles.

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