By 2020, one in four Americans will need a bike to commute to work, and if that figure continues to grow, it could result in an ever-increasing need for bikes.
It is one of the most important milestones for many people in the United States, and in many ways, the most crucial one yet.
But for bike owners and enthusiasts, the goal of a bike donation is also an emotional and financial one.
A recent survey found that 70% of Americans believe that bike donations are important for reducing the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by cars.
“If you give, you help,” says Mark Loesch, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute and author of the book Bike and Driver.
“It’s not just a financial incentive to get to work.
It’s also a personal one.”
In a way, donating a bike makes a lot of sense.
It helps you get to a better job, which is what people care about the most.
“The bike itself, the wheels, the suspension, everything is a reflection of who you are and where you come from,” Loesen says.
“When you buy a bike, you are really making a statement about who you’re supporting.”
Loeser and his colleagues analyzed the impact of various bike donation policies and initiatives around the country to figure out how many bikes would need to be donated to make a meaningful difference in reducing climate change.
Their conclusion is that, if they are implemented properly, there is an achievable target for a total of about 8 million bikes to be taken from the hands of Americans by 2020.
It would be a huge milestone.
In the United Kingdom, a pledge to donate 10,000 bicycles in 2020 would help to lower carbon emissions by about 40 million tonnes.
The United States would need a similar figure to raise $200 million in 2020.
But the challenge is not simply reaching that goal.
It involves reaching people, who often lack the funds and the motivation to donate their bikes.
Loesh says that it can be especially difficult for women, and particularly women of color, because they are more likely to be dependent on the money they make from the business of selling goods or services.
To address this, Loeshews team developed a pilot program to help people identify and make the bike donation a part of their everyday life.
In fact, they created a new website called bikegift.org that is used by more than one million Americans.
It allows people to create an online gift card that they can use at local bike shops, restaurants and retailers.
It gives people a way to show their support and give them a reason to make the effort.
“I think the biggest challenge is really connecting people with bikes,” Loech says.
If you donate a bike in 2020, you make a difference.
You show that you are a friend.
You make a statement.
You’re not just making money.
You are helping people make a real difference.
In an online survey, about 1,200 people participated.
The researchers also looked at bike donations from bike-share programs in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Loeyshes team found that, over the course of the pilot program, a bike can be donated in only three ways: 1) by a licensed retailer; 2) through a local bike shop or a bike shop that accepts credit cards; or 3) by the user themselves.
In all three cases, about 60% of people reported that they had made a bike contribution to the bike-shop, restaurant or retailer.
“This is the first time we have found this high level of involvement,” says Loeshes team member Alex McPherson, a research associate at the University of Michigan.
“And it’s not that we think there’s not a market for it.
We think that people are making an impact and we think that it’s a very powerful motivator.”
This is just the beginning of the effort to get people to donate.
Luesch says that in the coming years, he and his team hope to get the public and policymakers to consider other potential benefits to the bikes that people will be donating.
For instance, there are people in low-income communities that are often less able to afford bikes.
They can help raise awareness about bike donation, they can get their bike fixed and they can donate the bike to other bike shops and retailers in their communities.
“That’s a way we can get bikes out of the hands that can be abused,” Lueshes says.
A bike donation might also provide a financial benefit to the community that the user of the bike donated it to.
For example, Loehes believes that if you donated a bike for someone to use for a bike repair, the bike might become a source of income for the community.
And if you give a bike and a bicycle repair to a friend, you might also help out someone in need.
“We think this is going to help change perceptions,” Lieshes says, “that it’s okay to give