Bicycle Repair Workshops in Ghana and Sierra Leone
VBP Programs Promote Bicycles as Useful, Affordable and Sustainable Transportation
Mor than 12,000 people have attended our one-day bicycle repair workshop in Ghana and gotten a bike for about one third the price in the capitol city Accra. The workshop has been given more than 500 times. In Sierra Leone, since 2010, more than 500 people have participated in a similar program, enjoying a similar discount.
Many Africans walk 2-6 hours a day. Owning a bike saves precious time and energy. Our goal is to give people the tools they need to create a better life.
We provide bicycle repair workshops in remote rural villages by working with the local community organizers and with resident Peace Corps Volunteers. Link here for a map of our program locations. Our programs:
- Bring discounted bikes to regions where bikes have been infrequently used
- Offer bicycle riding and repair workshops to communities and people in need
- Provide specialized bike tools and parts to keep bikes rolling
- Address the special needs of African women and girls
Our bike prices have remained steady for several years, while the real prices have gone up. A sound half-price mountain bike is about $19, skinny tire bike are $17, kids' bikes $9. In the far distant reaches of the country people pay the same amount that they would near the port despite our transport costs which reach up to $1700 per truck load.
VBP Trainer George Aidoo instructs how to repair a flat tire in a rural village in Ghana
VBP One Day Repair Workshops
|Village Bicycle Project has three program areas to improve access to bikes in Africa, working specifically in Ghana*:
1- Sending donated bikes
2- Teaching bike maintenance
3- Providing improved tools for bike repairers
These three components work together to nurture sustainability of the bicycle as serious transport in the region.
The centerpiece is our one-day maintenance and repair workshops.