India: 115 Bikes, 89 Days — Guatemala: 38 Bikes, 43 Days — Zambia: 23 Bikes, 3,427 lines of code, 60 Days
India, Guatemala, and Zambia. In these countries, there are bikes. Where there are bikes, there are broken bikes. And where there are broken bikes, there is a need for bicycle mechanics.
My name is Kyle Egerdal, and I use my bike for everything. Even in the cold of a Minnesota winter, you’ll see me biking to work, the grocery store, or even to uptown to spend time with friends. I also volunteer as a bicycle mechanic — in short, I have firsthand experience with the power of the bicycle. I would like to travel to India, Guatemala, and Zambia for 90 days each — a total of 270 days — to fix at least a bike a day for people who use them even more than I.
In Zambia, owning a bicycle increases the average family’s income by 35%. In India, the average is 37.5%. The organization I’ll volunteer for in Guatemala, Maya Pedal, is known for its bicimaquinas — “bicycle machines,” that improve ten-fold the efficiency of corn shuckers, soap makers, and other hard-working citizens.
You can learn more about this project by using the tabs at the top of the page to navigate. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask: send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. And please, consider donating! This project won’t become a reality without financial support.
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When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments. Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man. And (unlike subsequent inventions for man’s convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his body became. Here, for once, was a product of man’s brain that was entirely beneficial to those who used it, and of no harm or irritation to others.
– Elizabeth West