“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”

So… it has been over a month since my last post. For that, I apologize. With finals and work, I have not had the time or energy to dedicate to this blog. Thank you for your patience. However, now that we are in the summer months posting will be much more frequent. Now that this disclaimer is out of the way, we can move on to the blog.

The quote above is attributed to Albert Einstein, but I chose it as the title of this post mainly because it has to do with bikes. For most of us, a riding a bike is a trendy way to get to work or spend our leisure time. However, in Zambia, a bicycle can allow for quick transportation of caregivers to different locations, allowing more people to receive care that they need. Furthermore, these same caregivers can use their bikes to transport patients to hospitals that need emergency care. Unfortunately, since secondhand bikes cost between $75 and $200, and the median yearly income in Zambia is a little over $600, most caregivers do not have access to this life saving transportation.

Luckily, we can help increase access to transportation in poor countries by donating our bikes. It is great to imagine that the bike you donate today could be used by someone who really needs it. Your bike would never again collect dust in the garage. World Bicycle Relief transports bikes to Africa and gets them to people that need them, such as the caregivers described above and students that can use them to get to school. May is “bike month”, so let’s celebrate it by providing a life changing means of transportation to people in Africa.

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