About a half-dozen bicyclist trekking across America to raise awareness regarding poverty in Africa will travel through Montrose on Thursday. Bicycles Against Poverty is a registered nonprofit organization that distributes bicycles to individuals in Africa who pay back for the bikes in monthly installments.
BAP primarily focuses on low-income entrepreneurs, predominantly rural farmers, in developing countries. The group targets communities in need of bicycles and then works to find individuals within communities who would be a good match for the program.
The bike beneficiaries attend two free workshops, a bicycle repair seminar and a money management workshop, which are both taught by local community leaders. After receiving the bike program recipients make small monthly installments, over the course of one to two years, in order to have access to a simple yet effective tool that improves quality of life.
The cyclists travelling through Montrose on Thursday have just left Telluride and before that Arizona with a major stop at Grand Canyon National park. From Montrose they’ll pedal to Paonia, Carbondale, and ultimately Denver and Sterling before crossing through the state.