Danish designer develops “Bikes 4 Ukraine” project

by Meifan Honcharuk
Saturday, May 6, 2023
Danish designer develops “Bikes 4 Ukraine” project

Danish city planner, designer, and cycling urbanist Mikael Colville-Andersen is ready to transfer 100.000 bikes to Ukraine

The famous designer from the first day of the war helps Ukraine. He founded the project Bicycles for Ukraine. The goal of the project is to collect used transport in Europe and transfer it to Ukrainians for free. According to the patron, this is necessary because people in Ukraine respect the "green" way, and some must move along the destroyed cities and roads. The Russian Federation destroyed many cities, such as Bucha, Irpin, Kherson, and Nikopol. Therefore, Ukrainians can not always move in cars. Some also lost automobiles because of the Russian war.

The designer from Denmark handed over the first bicycles in April 2022 for refugees who moved from the hot spots of Ukraine to Lviv. He recently returned from Ukraine, where he distributed bicycles in the Kyiv and Lviv regions.

"I calculated that if tomorrow I could bring 100.000 bicycles to Ukraine (his main goal today – ed.), I really believe that they would instantly want to take them all over the country. Now we only have a thousand, but we are trying to scale up, trying to get funding. It's a little difficult, but this need is not going anywhere," Mikael Colville-Andersen said.

He says he is pleasantly impressed by the demand for two-wheeled transport in Ukraine. All bicycles instantly found their owners. Colville-Andersen notes that most often, volunteers, social workers, and peaceful offspring turn to the project Bikes 4 Ukraine. They use the aid to move around and access remote communities affected by the Russian war.

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