On Friday 23rd of August the Bicycle Empowerment Network (BEN) is throwing a party and having a unique Vintage Bicycle Auction. Fourteen fabulous bikes, which have been fixed up and customized in cooperation with Woodstock Cycleworks and Ubuntu Bikes, are up for sale. Plus, there will be there will be live music, beers, braai and bikes from 4pm, with the auction starting at 5 pm.
BEN, the Bicycle Empowerment Network, has been supplying affordable bikes to impoverished communities for the past 12 years. They import used bicycles from overseas and distribute them to low income areas, train recipients of the bikes in safety and maintenance, establish Bicycle Empowerment Centres (BECs) and encourage cities to implement bicycle planning and infrastructure. BEN also assists the planning of events to help promote the use of the bicycle as a form of mobility.
The auction is part of a project to improve the financial sustainability of BEN and aims to do so by selling vintage bicycles to bike shops in Cape Town and to walk-in customers. This will contribute to cover operational costs, subsidizing bicycles to low-income areas and expanding their activities in general.