Special Projects

On My Way By Bicycle Ambulance To A Dream

Having been fortunate enough to be born in the hospital in Cobourg, Ontario the health of my mom and myself were taking care of with an ease that many women and babies around the world aren’t privileged to.  In rural Africa the human spirit continues to prevail against the odds in reducing child and women mortality rates.  A bicycle ambulance which is a bicycle with an attached cart/stretcher is being utilized to transport birthing mothers and the ill to nearby facilities.  

While studying at the University Of Western Ontario in London and later working with indigenous communities in Alaska I have always been a fan of simplicity and empowerment as a solution to community issues.  In partnership with BEN Namibia, a bicycle ambulance only costs $500 USD and is being used and constructed locally. The original design was designed by a woman from Vancouver, many ambulances have been built already from donated bicycles, in partnership with Bikes For Humanity, a CA based bicycle recycling program.  

Canadian Nikki Dunn is the designer of the first prototype

As I pedal towards Africa and round the world by bicycle I just wanted to do something worthwhile while I was at it. The profits from my Be The Adventure Fundraiser T-shirts that are available through skalatitude.com and will be given towards a bicycle ambulance when I cycle into Namibia in the upcoming months.  Other ways to join the fun are to share the news, tell your friends through FB, Twitter, You Tube, hold a bake sale or donate a couple of dollars to the project.

Photo Taken By Aaron Weiler, a volunteer for BEN Namibia. Aaron’s website is a great resource for design modules.  His blog about his year as a volunteer is great read. BEN Namibia is always looking for volunteers

This community based workshop builds bicycle ambulances and is testing the latest design with BEN Namibia


The full article that appeared on this website can be read here On My Way By Bicycle Ambulance to a Dream

Bicycles For Humanity with local chapters in Canada, Australia, America and The Netherlands they provide many bicycles to the Africa based bicycle ambulance projects.

Bikes Without Borders is a all volunteer Toronto, Canada based non-profit organizations that is dedicated to bikes and bike related solutions as a tool for the development of marginalized communities

Bike For Aids encourages university campus bike a thons and events that raise finds for Malawi bicycle ambulances 

Article In Malawi, Two Wheels Save Hundreds Of Lives

Skalatitude..."When humans and nature are living in harmony there is magic and beauty everywhere"

back to top