CYCLING IS FREEDOM
We believe that cycling is one of the basic building blocks of (re)gaining individual mobility for refugees and newcomers to Berlin. Women in particular need this support. Many newly arrived women have to walk to get anywhere. They feel isolated in their accommodation. Cycling is an obvious way to explore their new environment, particularly given the financial barriers to using public transport. Which is why we think it is important, quite apart from any inter-cultural benefits, to consider cycling as a sustainable approach to ensuring mobility and independence. Our initiative is designed to strengthen the prospects and hopes of those who have lost not just their home, but also in many ways their independence.
#BIKEYGEES e.V. is a comprehensive approach that aims to share empowerment, independence, CO2-neutral transport, fresh air and exercise, joy, and mutual success stories with its volunteers and participants. Not only that, it combines physical activity, relaxation, and active and fun use of a newly acquired language. The common goal fosters a sense of community and friendship. Oh, and it’s fun. Lots of fun. For everyone involved.
Our offer is free of charge and targeting on all women and girls (older than 14 years) no matter of nationality, religion and (asylum) status…
Every single women who trusts in the #BIKEYGEES and, with our help, is brave enough to try her luck on just two wheels is a success for our organisation, our volunteers, and the cyclist herself. If we can laugh together, and especially if, at the end of the day, the ‘apprentice’ can ride a bike, then our efforts speak for themselves.
We offer all open bike trainings for free.
On February 3rd 2017, our engagement has been awarded with the Hatun Sürücü Price.
Since September 2015 we have realised more than 35 training units and taught more than 330 women how to ride a bike. More than 50 successful ‘graduates’ could be equipped with own bike sets including a bike, helmet, locker, bike bag or basket as well a a road map ‘Berlin for cyclists’.