Mission

Recycling bikes. Transforming lives.

Cyclo Nord-Sud collects used bicycles up North and ships them to underprivileged communities down South where they serve as tools for promoting local development.

Since its creation in 1999, more than 55 000 bikes have been sent to 20 countries in Africa and South America, essentialy in rural areas where transport issues are more important.

In the south, a bike is used by five to ten people in addition of its buyer and has a lifespan of more than 20 years. It can carry more than ten times its own weight. The basic parts (frame, handlebars, drive, wheel spindles) are resistant and are less likely to break. The operating parts (tires, inner tubes, brake and pad cables, chain) are inexpensive, rather interchangeable and easily accessible on the market.

Even when they are dysfunctional, bicycles and their parts can still be useful in making different tools such as water pumps, washing machines, winches, generators, fans, grinding and sharpening mills, etc.

History reveals to us that the bicycle was, at the end of the nineteenth century, an important tool for the liberation of American and European women. Find out more.

Cyclo Nord-Sud is an initiative of the Société d’éducation pour le cyclisme à Montréal, a non-profit organization founded in 1988 as a registered charitable organization (No. 13096 4786 RR0001) by Canada Revenue Agency, in order to promote cycling as an appropriate means of urban transportation, based on ecological, urbanistic, economic, health, efficiency and convivial principles.

Cyclo Nord-Sud received the certification for Level 2 from Recyc-Quebec in november, 2014. We were recognized for our sustainable management of recyclable materials and for the priority we accord to reduction, re-use, and recycling (the 3R’s) in our actions and our education and outreach activities.

Values

Social justice

Promote greater equality, and especially, provide women in the developing world with bicycles and other means to further sexual equality and improve their communities.

Autonomy

Promote greater equality, and especially, provide women in the developing world with bicycles and other means to further sexual equality and improve their communities.

Citizen and Collective Engagement

Mobilize citizens and communities to promote cycling and other socially and environmentally beneficial activities.

Sustainable Development

Address community needs without compromising the well-being of future generations. Encourage the use of bikes, an active mode of transportation, along with other sustainable means of transport. Ensure that our actions respect environmental, human and economic resource limits.

Solidarity and Cooperation

Pursue a humanitarian approach based on solidarity and cooperation towards a common goal, both in our efforts to support communities in the developing world and with respect to our organizational culture, which we strive to render participative, collaborative and convivial.

Help us to spread our actions !

Bike drives organized in North

Bike sent in South