I am a New Yorker and fortunate enough to have a bike. A few weeks ago I rode my bike from Brooklyn into Manhattan on the morning after Sandy’s storm surge hit New York Harbor. It was a great ride. During that bike ride I marveled at an iconic city without power or much car traffic. I was thrilled to be able to bike the Brooklyn Bridge, enjoying much greater mobility than the cars hoping to cross that morning and much greater speed than the pedestrians crossing with me. Having learned the skills of urban riding in Chicago…Read more
Practical uses of bikes in the early phases of disasters Sat, Nov 3, 2012 - 5:00 pm
One of the survivors of Hurricane Katrina had said back in 2005 that it was a shame that youth were not engaged in being a part of the recovery process, that if they had been given bikes they would have played a key role in the recover instead of people hearing about their 'looting and trouble-making.' We found the following photo and caption on the Chicago Tribunes's website.
Ryan Nelsen (right) and Fields Harrington (second from right) ride a tandem bicycle to generate power as people wait for their cell phones to recharge on Avenue C in the East Village of Manhattan, in New York. This neighborhood is in the area of Manhattan without any electrical power. — Stan Honda, Getty Images, Nov. 1, 2012
There are many reasons for bikes to be sent to disaster settings in the early stages of recovery:
• having bikes allows the survivors to take matters into their own hands and not be left to the whim of an outside agenda.
• bikes provide reliable transportation at a time when access to fuel is limited.
• bikes can also be used for couriering messages,
• bikes can be used for hauling supplies or people with trailers
• bikes can be used for generating electricity
• people of all ages generally know how to ride a bike
• there are some people everywhere with enough skills to fix a bike
What are some other reasons? Send us an email or call us to share your ideas.
Happy Birthday Little One! Sun, Oct 30, 2011 - 10:00
Happy Birthday Little One! Some see you only as a number (#7Billion). But I see you as a newborn baby – a joy to hold and snuggle as you explore with your open eyes the miracle of life. May your days, whether long or short, be filled with love. May we rise up to meet the challenge of feeding you, clothing you, protecting you and educating you until the day that you can join us – adults with responsibilities to each other to provide for the needs of the next generation. Happy Birthday Little One! RenegAID
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No Safe Place Mon, 12/06/2010 - 12:09
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Ready-to-Go Bikes overview Sat, 10/02/2010 - 15:28 The Ready-to-Go disaster relief Bicycle Project is currently in its final stages of development. The idea is to provide people with the resources and tools that make it easy to send a... Read more