The association #BIKEYGEES e.V. offers bike training for (refugee) women and girls. The lessons not only include practical cycling lessons, but also theoretical classes about German traffic rules and basic bike repair workshops.
The initiative has been kicked off in September 2015 as a grassroot project in order to empower female refugees. Since then, we have grown to an official NGO fostering the education and integration of women.
We help to dissolve barriers between people: Origin, nationality, religion and status don’t mean anything to us. Every women should be able to ride a bike.
We are funded mainly by donations and can maintain our efforts only by the support of the large number of volunteers to whom we wholeheartedly thank for their help.
The German Cycling Award 2018
On February 22nd 2018, our work has been honored with the German Cycling Award.
Our regular open training sessions take place every third Sunday of the month from 2pm to 4pm at the Jugendverkehrsschule Wassertorplatz. Large groups of trainees are very welcome, please use the contact form below to let us know upfront and ideally bring female helpers.
Next open training for women and girls older than 14 years: Sunday, April 15th 2018
We also provide training on location at a variety of refugee housing centres, but these training sessions are advertised in our newsletter and on Facebook only.
We offer our open bike trainings for free. For exclusive training sessions please get in touch with us by using the contact form below and ask for an individual offer.
The #BIKEYGEES e.V. want you!
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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.
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.
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.
Support of any kind is most welcome; without our volunteers and supporters we just couldn’t do what we do. You can help by providing bikes or monetary donations, or even just by sharing our Facebook Page. Of course, we also need physical help: pushing, supporting, practising, motivating, spreading the word, sharing the fun.
Visible Success Stories
girls & women could be motivated to ride a bike
handed out bike kits to successful trainees
realised trainings at different locations
FOUNDERS & TEAM #BIKEYGEES
Annette does a little bit of everything: event management, teaching, upcycling art… but she always stays true to her motto: less talk, more action! She has been applying this motto to her work with #BIKEYGEES e.V. since the beginning of September 2015.
Anne started out as a water, sediment, and isotope researcher in earth sciences, but in 2011, she ended up in the Berlin start-up scene and now spends her time recruiting talent for tech companies. She loves people, bikes, and empowerment, which is why she has been teaching refugee women to cycle since autumn of 2015.
We are always looking for more #BIKEYGEES volunteers. Without you, we just couldn’t make this fantastic project work. If you want to help out, sign up for our newsletter and visit our open training sessions. Thank you!
It won’t be possible to take a snapshot of the full #BIKEYGEES team, therefore some impressions about the different women engaged into our initiative.
A few of them are founding members of the #BIKEYGEES association, others have learnt with us how to cycle and act as our ambassadors. Some work with us on freelance basis. A few of them have a migration background whilst others don’t.
But: we all enjoy cycling!
Many thanks for your support!
Andre & Antrieb
Guido Elsholz & www.i-fusion.de
Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband, Landesverband Berlin e.V.
Regenbogenfonds e.V. Regenbogenfonds e.V.
Senate Department for work, integration and women
Tanja Schnitzler Fotografie
WegeWandel e.V. – Werkstatt für gesellschaftlichen Wandel
Wir machen das!
We would also like to thank all the volunteers and refugee accommodations that we cooperate with.
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#BIKEYGEES e.V. work non-profit. Your donation can be sent via PayPal or betterplace.org!
Please use the contact form to receiving our bank account details.