Wooden bicycles show their paces

wooden bikesHandmade wooden bicycles are part of daily life in rural Rwanda.They’re not playthings either, and are used as virtual trucks to move goods and often to carry water.In December 2005, Tom Ritchey [pictured with a Rwandan friend] and Gary Boulanger, directors of Servant Leaders Outreach, toured Rwanda by mountain bike. A short DVD documentary was filmed to capture their Rwandan experience, the first for both. The trip opened their eyes to the beauty of the people and the need to assist Rwanda in its continuing reconciliation 12 years after the genocide that killed nearly one million people in 100 days.By February 2006, Project Rwanda was established.It’s vision is to “further the economic development of Rwanda through initiatives based on the bicycle as a tool and symbol of hope. Our goal is use the bike to help boost the Rwandan economy as well as re-brand Rwanda as a beautiful and safe place to do business and visit freely.”

2 responses to “Wooden bicycles show their paces”

  1. Barutwanayo Avatar

    In my country to, we use wooden bike.

  2. Steven P. WIlliams Avatar
    Steven P. WIlliams


    I am a bicycle missionary traveling to Africa with the same heart as you…to help them use the bicycle for noble purposes. I am starting a company that gives away bikes to aide workers around the world and I know that the wooden bike is not out of sorts. It too can be a useful tool. Do you have a copy of your DVD that you made while in Rwanda? I would be glad to make a donation to your efforts for a copy of the DVD.

    Please respond asap…I am leaving for Malawi on 15, November and would like to see it while I am there.

    God bless you all!

    Pastor Steven P. Williams
    Prophetic Motors Company
    Bicycle Missionary
    1-541-646-0429 Cell#