Northern California Bicycle Shop to Fill Third Shipping Container of Donation Bikes for Africa in Downtown San Rafael, CA Monday

San Rafael, CA, February 28, 2010 --( Mike's Bikes, the largest independent bicycle retailer on the West Coast, is loading a container bound for Africa with over 450 bicycles donated by its customers on Monday. The container loading will take place all day in downtown San Rafael in front of 1560 Fourth St. This container is the third to be sent in Mike's Bikes' wildly successful Africa Sister Shop Program. The bikes will reach Gaborone, Botswana, in approximately one month's time where they will offer their new owners desperately needed access to health care, education, and employment.

Collected from customers at all eight Mike's Bikes retail stores, these donation bikes will be sent to Jonmol Bicycle Services, which was established as the first Mike's Bikes Sister Shop in mid 2008. Mike's Bikes owners Ken Martin and Matt Adams overcame obstacles great and small to finally realize their goal of creating a self-sustaining source of affordable bicycle transportation in Botswana, and in 2009 their second Sister Shop was opened in Mutjiku, Namibia.

The average person in developing Africa has absolutely no access to bicycles. With car ownership out of reach, and unreliable or nonexistent public transit, a source of affordable bikes allows their owners access to health care, education, and employment that would be otherwise impossible. As part of Mike's Bikes' vision that bicycles have the power to change the world, the company made it their mission to create and fully fund start-up bicycle stores in these areas. These shops make an impact on the community that is not only self-sustaining, but grows organically and spreads the use of the bicycle as reliable, affordable transportation in Africa.

Since its establishment in 2008, Jonmol Bicycle Services has been so successful in providing the community of Gaborone with bikes, that they literally need more than they can get their hands on. This second shipment of 450+ bikes could not be more in demand. Proprietor Jon "Bones" Moletsane reports that the use of the bicycle is taking off in his area. "Many people seem to fall for the idea of bicycling," reports Bones, as his involvement grows even beyond sales and service but into sponsoring and producing bicycle-centric events in Gaborone such as the recent Eco-Cycling Challenge Ride. Mike's Bikes couldn't be more thrilled to with how the project has gone so far, and couldn't be more optimistic about what the future holds.

Contact: Ken Martin
Tel: (415) 454-6921
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