Once known as “hobby-horses,” “high-wheelers,” and “bone-shakers,” bicycles started out as a dangerous sport for young men before being used and enjoyed by women and children alike. Even called a “freedom machine” by activist Susan B. Anthony, their symbolism and purpose is expansive.
From Europe to the Americas, bicycle innovations have been spinning forward, from wood to wrought iron to aluminum, racing, cruising, and folding. Most recently, Israeli inventor Izhar Gafni created a bicycle made entirely out of recycled cardboard. According to Good Magazine, the project was initially deemed impossible by several engineers. Yet Gafni’s perseverance led to success, using a mere $9 worth of raw materials to create a bicycle that can carry a rider up to 485 pounds! How does the velocipede continue to open doors for the global community? Click here to find out.
While Mr. Gafni toils away in Israel, MFTA recipient Recycle-A-Bicycle spends time in Queens maintaining a fleet of bikes and helmets for New Yorkers to use for free. Educating participants about safe riding, the hidden treasures and landmarks of Queens, and the benefits of an active, healthy lifestyle, Recycle-A-Bicycle offers a variety of workshops that incorporate environmentalism, community engagement, youth activism and more. Check out how they transform old bike parts with a little metal and a lot of imagination. Sounds like a pretty great deal if you ask us!