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Bicycles Can Help Countries Recover from Tsunami Damage

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WILSON, US (January 6) – With the death toll from the Asian earthquake disaster still rising, one small part of the recovery process for the countries affected could be the access-all-areas bicycle. A US charity is aiming to ship out bicycles to Indonesia, other bicycle refurbishment charities could follow suit. A North Carolina bicycle refurbishment […]

WILSON, US (January 6) – With the death toll from the Asian earthquake disaster still rising, one small part of the recovery process for the countries affected could be the access-all-areas bicycle. A US charity is aiming to ship out bicycles to Indonesia, other bicycle refurbishment charities could follow suit.
A North Carolina bicycle refurbishment charity is preparing to ship 1000 bicycles to tsunami victims in Indonesia.

Bicycles are a popular mode of transportation in Asia and the tsunami damage has made automobile travel even more difficult than usual, said Jacklyn Phillips of the Bicycle Ministry of Gates County. A local trucking firm has pledged to delivery the bikes to airports for free and another business has promised warehouse storage space, reports the Associated Press.

The used bikes are refurbished by prisoners. “I need all the donations of bicycles that anyone can make,” said Phillips. “It doesn’t matter what condition the bikes are in, the prisoners will fix them up.”

The programme seems to make sense: bicycles can go anywhere a human can – plus carry loads that might even baffle their makers – just the thing needed in the disaster areas. (MH)

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