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, or awareness campaign, 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 2018, B4H has sent over 325,000 bikes to Africa. Today we have over 30 active chapters in 8 countries, and over 50 chapters having sent bikes over the last 15 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 bikes and the people 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, ship a container anywhere globally, or collect bikes and support that give bikes away in your community.

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 share common goals and Believe that bikes change lives. Brenda and I started the first chapter and we consider, Paul, Steve, Seb, Dave, Josh and Matt the real founding members of the global Bicycles for Humanity Movement. In 2020, it is our goal to double the number of chapters and begin to meet some of the needs of the 400 communities and groups in Africa who are requesting our assistance, plus many more here at home. As a chapter lead movement, and every chapter doing its own thing, we could not have made this happen without the incredible work of Flavio Chan who helped turn the vision into a tangible program all can understand and with their skills, grow our grassroots movement.