What happens to an impoverished developing nation town when you flood it with 20,000 bicycles? You lift three times that number of people out of poverty. Pedals for Progress and founder David Schweidenback have been shipping used American bicycles to Rivas, Nicaragua for the last two decades and the transformation has been incredible. thebicyclecityfilm.com
The Bicycle City. Trailer from Greg Sucharew on Vimeo.
(thank you stewart)
This is a perfect opportunity to say how much I love your blog. I am from Nicaragua, but live here in the USA. Maybe I should start NICARAGUAMISS….or NICAMISS.
Either way thank you for one more great post.
Mar 28th, 2011 / 7:34 pm
Love bicycles and what Pedals is doing! I came across a similar organisation in Montreal called Cyclo Nord which I support. Such fantastic, simple way to help….
Mar 28th, 2011 / 9:44 pm
A bicycle is a beautiful way to give people their independence & freedom!
Mar 29th, 2011 / 1:35 pm
I love stories like this – lateral thinking goes a long way toward helping people and changing our own attitudes. Giving people choices makes a huge difference.
Mar 29th, 2011 / 10:13 pm
Very cool. I used to ride my bike everywhere during college, and I really miss it. It’s phenomenal to see how empowering transportation can be.
Mar 29th, 2011 / 10:44 pm
Hi Tina, Hi everyone. The Bicycle City looks brilliant! Thanks for finding this. Please have a look at our project chronicling South African bicycle commuter culture:
This project will be a beautiful photographic book and a documentary when it is completed in a few months. The website contains portraits and interviews of the hundreds of people we’ve photographed so far. I think you might like it…
Mar 30th, 2011 / 9:51 am
Wow this is very inspiring! Being from Central America myself, I can see how a bicycle can totally change how people operate in their city. Amazing!
Apr 16th, 2011 / 1:43 pm