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Bikes can be dropped off at the Restore/Habitat for Humanity on Squier Street, or call 620-4769 for pickup or for more information.

It costs about $25 to ship your bike to Africa. If you are able to help with this it will be greatly appreciated! 

We also collect:

  • Eyeglasses, sunglasses
  • Hearing aides
  • Hand tools
  • Garden tools
  • Soccer and Basketballs
  • Sports equipment
  • Wheelchairs, walkers, crutches

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Welcome to Bicycles for Humanity, Thunder Bay Chapter

  

A bike can change a life! Yet for millions of people on the lowest incomes, a new bicycle is financially out of reach. Meanwhile, millions of perfectly good bicycles lay unused in North America, Europe and elsewhere in the Western world. 

Bicycles for Humanity Thunder Bay is an independent local group of volunteers with a love for bicycles and a passion to help others.


Click to Play The Movie Trailer 

 


This is a documentary filmed in Namibia in 2010 by Dr. Steve Klassen and Paul Morralee showing the positive impact that our bikes have made on peoples’ lives. 

The complete DVD can be purchased from B4H 

Follow us on facebook at Bicycles for Humanity Thunder Bay 

Latest Updates as of Winter 2013

Our 11th Shipment was shipped in April and the bikes have been delivered to their new communities.

We were fortunate to have our departure from 600 Simpson Street extended to the beginning of August. This meant that we were able to take advantage of the spring and early summer bike collecting season to prepare shipment number 12 which was sent out on July 20th, 2013. The slight shortfall in bikes was compensated for by wheelchairs and walkers donated by our friends and partners at MEMO Cuba.


We Need Your Help! 

As of August 1st 2013 we urgently need to find somewhere else in order to keep collecting and storing  bikes over the fall and winter months. Our goal is to prepare another shipment for shipping in the spring of 2014.  Ideally we would like to be in an area of 3000 - 4000 square feet with or without power. We are asking everyone to talk about  our needs so that we can keep up our worthwhile endeavour with as little interruption as possible. If anyone comes up with anything or has any ideas, please contact Gareth Pritchard at (807) 577-3644 or (807) 629-1608 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Westgate High School has once again partnered with us for the Toys for Tots program. Toys for Tots is a charitable project of the Thunder Bay Professional Firefighters Association. The mission of Toys for Tots is to ensure that children living in poverty in our community will receive a gift on Christmas Day. B4H typically has a surplus of small bicycles each year and the students at Westgate refurbish them and deliver them to the program. 

The 21st Annual Mini Go Ride was an outstanding success. The weather was kind to us, over 140 riders participated and over $6000 was  raised in support of Community Education Services, Thunder Bay Shelter House, and B4H. Thanks to everyone who came, all of the sponsors, all of the businesses who donated prizes, all the volunteers who helped, and especially Frank Pollari who has worked so hard in putting this event on for so many years! The hospitality at the Neebing was outstanding as was the music. Thanks also to Paul Morralee of Morvision who filmed the event once again. If you would like to the photos and video of the event please visit our facebook page at Bicylces for Humanity Thunder Bay. 


 Donations Welcome

Bicycles can either be dropped off at Habitat for Humanity Restore at 660 Squire Street. If you can't drop off donations please call us at 620-4769 or send us an email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  and we will arrange for a volunteer to come and pick them up.


 B4H & BEN Namibia in media

Featuring a story about how bikes are being used to help combat AIDS in Namibia; listen to the CBC Recording Here

TBT New for Bicycles for Humanity

 The Great Bicycle Recycle, by Graham Francis, Copyright 2012!


Bikes Donated: Over 9000
Bikes already sent to Africa: Around 5500
Bikes in storage awaiting shipment: over 130 
Bikes to local projects: 800

Recycled for parts: over 1600

Goal for 2012: 1000 bikes to Namibia - Accomplished

Wheelchairs: 50 

Eyeglasses: over 2,000
Soccer balls: 60

Other projects we are connected with: 
Shoes for Nicaragua (Nipigon Rotary)
Books and computers for Global Consciousness Circle
Caring Hands (Uganda)

 Kairos

Passport Mentoring (Community Living Ontario)

Toys for Tots

Friends of Mabureh (Sierra Leone)

Needed:

- $10-12,000/container for shipping costs
- mechanic volunteers are wrenching on Wednesday nights and Tuesday mornings, for more information contact Randy or send an email to B4H through 'Contact Us'. 

 

Very Important Reminder!

Soccer balls, basketballs, jerseys, books etc are welcome donations to pack between the bikes! 

Check the GET INVOLVED page if you have a passion to help us with the project.

If you have a bike or have questions or would like to be added to our mailing list please e-mail  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 620-4769 during office hours.


 
We are all Volunteers
 

 

Biclycles for Humanity has more than 100 volunteers in Thunder Bay. All or most of the volunteers have full time jobs and are able to spare their time working tirelessly for Bicycles for Humanity. Work has never been easy but it has also never been a one man show except for a few occassions when Dr. Klassen worked alone in networking.
 
Thunder Bay Landfill Bike Rescues

We are very thankful to everyone at the local landfill site for their assistance in helping us rescue and recycle unwanted bikes from their location. They have let us put up a sign to let people know where to leave their old bikes rather than throwing them into the dumpsters. A big thank you to Randy Fox who goes to check the facility several times a week and transports the bikes to our storage facility. Between May and September 2011 well over 200 bikes have been rescued. 

 

 
Donations Welcome

 

They can either be dropped off at our workshop at 600 Simpson Street (our entrance is at the side of the building on Ogden Street) on Tuesday mornings between 9am and noon, Wednesday evenings between 7 and 9 pm, or at Habitat for Humanity Restore at 660 Squire Street. If you can't drop off donations please call us at 620-4769 or send us an email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  and we will arrange for a volunteer to come and pick them up.

 

 


 
Earn a Bike Program

Our program was inspired by a sister organization called Bikes Not Bombs.

Essentially, the idea is that individuals are welcome to come and help volunteer toward our primary goal of assisting communities in Africa.  We are aware that there are many people in our own community that would use a bicycle but may not have means to buy one.   Any volunteer is welcome to identify that they would like to be part of the Earn a Bike Program.
One of the experienced volunteers then works out a plan with the individual to repair that bike for their own use.

The following is a link to the program started by Bikes not Bombs.