And the bicycles do not simply have an impact on those who use them. They impact every individual who can now recieve care, access to clean water, access to food or farming resources, or other services because a careworker can now reach them. Even beyond that, the bicycles also provide an economic benefit to the entire region. When possible, globalbike uses bicycles produced in recipient countries as a way to support the local economy. These bikes are mechanically simple, durable, and can be repaired/maintained locally, with local parts supply chains. If locally manufactured bikes are not available, globalbike establishes partnerships with local bicycle retailers to purchase bikes from their store and to create lasting connections between the bicycle recipients and the region's bike shops.
“Before we received the bicycles, it was very difficult to reach some of the clients (some as far as 32 miles away from the clinic). But with the help of globalbike, we are able to travel to our clients’ homes even from the furthest areas and monitor them if they are too ill to get to the clinic.”
- Care Worker