A Boy and a Bicycle(s)
New York Times op-ed columnist Nicholas D. Kristof has a nice piece published this week about how Chicago-based World Bicycle Relief’s pilot program has started by distributing 200 bicycles to students in Zimbabwe. The Column, A Boy and a Bicycle(s), ties together a global corporation with impoverished schoolchildren and health workers using the simplest and most efficient of machines– the bicycle. The program, conceived and backed by Frederick K.W. Day– a senior executive at SRAM, designed and implemented a 55-lb single-speed bicycle that would withstand the rigors of use in a third-world country. With the bikes come training and spare parts to make the donations sustainable for years to come.