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
Programs: Pedals for progress's primary exempt purpose is to supply, via charity partners overseas, reconditioned and used bicycles to low-income families in need of affordable transport for productive purposes.
My church has worked with Pedals for Progress for seven years. We include them in our annual Alternative Gift Fair each November. We also hosted a bike collection with them. Our dealings with the director and staff have all been very positive. We like the way they keep old bikes out of landfills and help people have better lives because of the bikes!
Pedals for Progress is a very worthy charity. It provides necessary transportation (bicycles) and sewing machines to people in third world countries. They do this by repairing bicycles & sewing machines normally destined for a landfill and then shipping them overseas to third world countries. How often do you find a charity that not only does good deeds, but is green in the process?