History of B4H
Bicycles for Humanity is a grassroots movement that was created in 2005 by Pat and Brenda Montani. Initially, we planned on sending one container of bicycles to Namibia from communities in Central British Columbia, Canada. With no marketing, people found our website and just kept writing, asking to start chapters. The next year it grew to 4 chapters sending 5 containers and hundreds of people having fun, pitching in and knowing that they have helped bring our world just a bit closer together.
In 2006, Steve Klassen founded B4H Thunder Bay and later that year Seb Oran founded B4H Ottawa. In 2007, Dave Townsend founded B4H Santa Rosa our first chapter outside of Canada, followed shortly by Josh Pace creating B4H Colorado. Matt McCullough created B4H Melbourne the first in Oceania and they started in 2009. In 2010 we had 3 chapters in Europe and the movement was continuously growing. By the end of 2015, B4H has sent over 125,000 bikes to Africa. Today we have over 30 active chapters in 8 countries with over 50 having sent bikes over the last 12 years.
If you are lucky enough to work at a bike collection, you will be simply amazed by the stories involving Bicycles for Humanity, the people who send and the people and who receive the bikes. We hope you got inspired by our story and are thinking about getting involved. Everyone is welcome to start a chapter and all chapters are free to ship the BEC’s to wherever they want globally.
As a movement, we have no board or leadership, every chapter is free to build their program the way they want. Movements begin when a group of people shares common goals and interests. Brenda and I started the first chapter and we consider, Steve, Seb, Dave, Josh and Matt the real founding members of the global Bicycles for Humanity Movement. In 2016, it is our goal to double the number of chapters and begin to meet some of the needs of the 400 communities in Africa who are requesting our assistance.