Pedals for Progress

Rating: 4.5 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Environment, International, Economic Development, Microfinance

Location: Box 312 High Bridge NJ 08829 USA

Mission: The mission of Pedals for Progress is to:  1. enhance the productivity of low-income workers overseas where reliable, environmentally sound transportation is scarce, by supplying reconditioned bicycles; 2. promote self-sustaining bicycle repair facilities [overseas], employing local people; 3. provide leadership...throughout North America for the recycling of bicycles, parts, and accessories; 4. reduce the volume of bicycles, parts, and accessories flowing to U.S. landfills; 5. foster environmentally sound transportation policies that encourage widespread use of bicycles worldwide; and 6. foster in the North American public an understanding of, and a channel for, responding to the transportation needs of the poor in developing countries.
Geographic areas served: world wide
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 22-3122003
908-638-4811
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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

At first I was happy to find an outlet for old, discarded bikes which still had life in them, but were of the wrong model for our society's taste. Avoiding waste... At the collections I attended, Dave Schweidenback, the founder and president, showed his enthusiasm by always working harder than anyone else, while sharing real life stories on how these bikes helped people, families and regional development. I decided to run my own spring collection, now in its 6th edition. I estimate that I channeled over 500 bikes to P4P partners, benefiting not only 500 new owners, but also the full distribution structure put in place by P4P: workshop employees receiving and fixing the bikes, owner's family, local economic activity, partner's non-profit programs (Youth, health, education, etc...) After being a trustee for 3 years, I am satisfied that Dave's heart is in the right place. This is evident in the way he started the organization (advertised for donations to send 14 bikes to the village he resided in as a peace corp, collected 10 times more!), and the way he supports it today rather than the other way around (has donated his monthly paycheck several times in lean years to ensure P4P's survival) For me, P4P's impact is beyond redirecting discarded treasure from

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the satisfaction of re-purposing items from the US and making a difference in the developing world.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Selfless and dedicated to the mission.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Ship more good items our society discard to places were they are essential, in a way promoting development rather than passive assistance.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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