June 13-26 Bike Drive for Africa

PODS & Mike's Bikes partner on a bike drive for Africa

PODS & Mike's Bikes partner on a bike drive for Africa

PODS of San Francisco donated nine PODS® containers to Mike’s Bikes to store donations for its upcoming Africa Bike Drive, June 13-26.

The PODS® containers will serve as temporary bicycle donation centers and provide on-site storage at nine Mike’s Bikes locations throughout Northern California. At the end of the bicycle drive, PODS will drive the containers to a central staging area where volunteers and staff will prepare the bikes for shipment to Africa.

“PODS is committed to aiding Mike’s Bikes and this worthy cause,” said George Spowart, vice president of marketing at PODS Enterprises, Inc. based in Clearwater, Fla. “It is always an honor to be involved in the charitable efforts of the communities we serve, whether it’s helping make a difference down the street or halfway around the world.”

This is Mike’s Bikes tenth shipment to Africa; its second bound for Sierra Leone. Donations are tax-deductible and will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 13-26 at the following store locations:

2161 University Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704 201 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos, CA 95030 3001 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306 264 Petaluma Blvd North, Petaluma, CA 94952 1411 I St. (at 14th), Sacramento, CA 95814 1233 Howard St. (between 8th & 9th), San Francisco, CA 94103 836 Fourth St., San Rafael, CA 94901 No. 1 Gate 6 Rd., Sausalito, CA 94965 1615 North California Blvd., Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Mike’s Bikes designed the Africa Sister Shops program to build a self-sustaining supply of working bikes in Africa, and to promote economic growth by teaching African entrepreneurs how to run a bike business. With hopes of creating job opportunities in the local community, Mike’s Bikes collects and sends donated bikes and start-up funding to these developing African countries as well provides mentoring to the owners of the Africa Sister Shops.

“The PODS® containers will provide great visibility to our nine stores that will pull together for two weeks to collect bicycles from each community, pack them in an overseas container then ship them to our Sister Shops in Africa,” said Ken Martin, owner of Mike’s Bikes, based in San Francisco. “Once in Africa, the bike shop sells bicycles to local residents at affordable prices, which encourages local commerce, provides transportation and helps improve everyday life one bike at a time.”

The ninth shipment from Mike’s Bikes included 480 bicycles. It left the Port of Oakland bound for Botswana on May 25 and is expected to arrive in about six weeks.