Tuesday, April 17, 2012

with my own two wheels

let's take a few minutes to leave san francisco, and visit the countries of zambia, ghana, india and guatemala.

this video shows the lives of four people whose lives have been transformed by bicycle in very different ways. a farmer can visit aids patients as a caregiver as far as 10 miles away and make it home in time for dinner. a disabled person is now a bike mechanic at a bike co-op created by boston's bikes not bombs. a ninth grade girl can now go to school and discovers she likes solving math problems. the air quality for one guatamalan farmer led him to founding an organization that helps rural mayans by inventing bicimaquinas, a 100% recycled product. they are half discarded bike, half old (formerly polluting) machines. bicimaquinas are transformed into a new machine that "fills the gap between the artisinal and the industrial."

this is brought to you by hubub films, world bicycle relief and bikes not bombs.

please be sure to take some time out of your day to watch.

h/t to bike hugger.


  1. A beautiful and important film. Well worth the forty minutes. Thanks so much for posting it.

  2. thanks karen! i thought the stories were well thought out and displayed. i was glad i spent the time to watch it too. i did get interrupted, but made it through eventually!